Thursday, June 20, 2019

What I Do When I Get Nervous For Race Day

2 more days to go! I'm excited and ready to see how this goes!  Keeping my workouts pretty light this week so I don't end up sore.  I did a quick easy bodyweight workout in our back yard. Inchworms, mountain climbers, burpees, push ups, side planks, bear crawls, side plank, bridge, and crunches.

Race day prep starts way before the race but the week before it's extra important to make sure you're preparing right.  This week I'm making sure to keep well hydrated, fuel right and make sure to get good rest.

There has been a lot of foam rolling happening.

And a lot of relaxing.

Whenever I get nervous for the race, I think about how much fun it's going to be and picture myself in the race. Picturing myself doing well in the race not only helps me feel excited about it, but it helps me feel more prepared and ready for anything on race day. It really helps prepare my mind for the mental challenge of race day, which will definitely be needed on for a 10k. Holding that fast of a pace for that long is way harder than people think it is.

Know the main things about the course before you go so that you can get a good idea of what the elevation is like, how many turns you'll be making etc. Then, start picturing yourself running through the course. Picture yourself having fun, running strong and feeling happy. If mantras are something that helps you, repeat those mantras to yourself while you're picturing this. This kind of meditation helps you mentally feel excited and ready for race day!

Race day is supposed to be pretty cold for this time of year.  46 degrees and possible rain. Which means I will be layering and hopefully not freezing. I am not a cold weather runner, clearly. Being prepared is a huge help for anything on race day.

When's your next race?

What do you do to help yourself feel prepared physically and mentally?


  1. Good luck on Saturday Jenny! I can't wait to hear about your race. And you're right, it really is going to be fun. I'll be running a 10k the day after you.

    1. thank you! I'm getting really excited for it. I always love races. Good luck on yours!