One of my favorite ways to test my fitness outside of the gym is obstacle course racing! I usually pick 1 or 2 a year to do for fun. This year I finally decided complete my goal of racing in an Elite Spartan Race…something that has been a goal of mine for a long time! It was a goal that made me nervous and excited SO I knew I had to do it. On October 22, 2017 It was finally time, I was all geared up at the starting line of the Atlanta Spartan Race. I will say it was definitely a little intimidating lining up with all the beasts of the OCR world…But I was there to do my best and that is all that mattered. I knew my running wouldn't match up with the speed of the other girls. But my goal was to run to the best of my ability, complete all of the obstacles, and have a blast doing it…and I did just that! (Minus missing the spear throw obstacle…Ooops!)
SO after running a few of these OCR races - I thought I would make a list of my top 5 things to do before and after a race. I always found myself googling tips before a race and never quite found what I was looking for…so hopefully this helps you on your quest to having an awesome race day!
1. FUEL UP!
Alwaysss make sure you wake up early enough to eat a good meal before you race. It is so important to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water before you walk out to the starting line. Nobody wants to have a growling tummy during the middle of their race! (I can tell you from experience…It is not a good feeling) I always give myself about an hour to get ready + eat my Kodiak Cake waffles or cookie dough ProBar + pack my water, cold brew coffee, and TryAboutTime protein with orange juice for post race.
2. WEAR THE RIGHT WORKOUT CLOTHES
This is when buying nice workout clothes pays off! You want to wear good compression leggings (or shorts). Thin/Sweat wicking leggings and tops are the best because they don't hold on to water. I prefer reebok, 2XU, or under armour. I also race in Salomon shoes because they have a grippy bottom and are made for trail running.
Make sure you get on a consistent gym schedule. If you just go out there for fun and take your time that is totally okay! BUT the more prepared you are for the race the better you will feel overall. I’d make sure to start running weekly + train upper body, core, heavy carries and go find a jungle gym to practice some monkey bars :)
4. ATTEMPT ALL OF THE OBSTACLES
You signed up to try something fun and new! If you come up to an obstacle that makes you a little nervous, get a friend to help! Don’t let your training go to waste by skipping any obstacles. Jump up there and see what you can do! I have a feeling you will surprise yourself!
5. EAT, SLEEP, RECOVER
Be proud of your awesome accomplishment! Plan out a fun post race meal that you've been craving. (personally I like to get a chik-fil-a chicken sandwich with waffle fries and all the Polynesian sauce available and a coke…buuut that's just me hehe) After your delicious post race meal - You should set aside some time to stretch, take an Epsom salt balt, treat any cuts or bruises, and get a GOOD nights sleep. You EARNED it! Then the next day you can start planning when your next race will be…!
I hope this info helps you feel a little more prepared for your upcoming race. Feel free to comment any other questions that come to mind while you read this. I am happy to answer!
Have and awesome race dayyyy,
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