FROM BAR BEACH TO NEWCASTLE: Runners in last year’s race at the starting line. Picture: Jonathan Carroll● Touch base with Hunter Health Kick
IF you’ve registered for the Herald Hill ToHarbour on Sunday as part of Newcastle’s festival of running NewRun then first of all, a big congratulations. Entering an event for the first time can be daunting, so well done for committing yourself!
Now you need to make sure you are ready for race day. Hopefully you have been training and feel confident with the distance. But there are a few other things to consider, such as:
Rest: Do not expect to get the best out of yourself if you are fatigued, so get to bed relatively early tonight. And I would not advise doing anything too strenuous today – you want your muscles to feel fresh tomorrow, not sore and sluggish.
Eat well: You want to have plenty of energy to burn tomorrow during the race and what you eat in the days leading up to sporting events is important in terms of fuelling your body. According to Sports Dietitians Australia, this means you should choose high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods that are familiar and well tolerated. Read more at sportsdietitians整形美容医院m.au/resources.
Hydrate: Drink plenty of water on Saturday. And make sure you replenish after the race. You can read more about fluids also at sportsdietitians整形美容医院m.au/resources. You might like to also note that the drink stations for the Hill2Harbour will be at the 2.2km, 4.5km, 6.5km, 8km and 9km points.
Don’t change your routine: This goes for what food you normally have before running and the gear you wear. Stick to your usual pre-run meal (I don’t like to have too much before I run so I usually have a bowl of cereal then an apple or banana) and it is probably not a good idea to try out your brand new joggers today. Stick to your old faithfuls until you wear your new ones in.
Know the course: The course has changed slightly in the past few years so check it out at the website newrun整形美容医院m.au as you don’t want go the wrong way, or run further than you are meant to.
Pounding the pavement. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll
Stick to your race pace (if you have one): This means just run your own race. Don’t try to run with others if you know you are not going to be able to keep up.
Arrive early to ensure a good warm-up: There is nothing worse than literally running late to an event and having to sprint to start line. This blows your whole race plan out the window. Get there early and have a five-minute walk or easy jog and some range of motion stretches.
Don’t let nerves get to you: I was so nervous in the first big run I ever did that I ended up with gut cramps for most of the race and did not enjoy it at all. Nerves can also cause an upset stomach, so try to relax if you can.
Support and encourage: A few words of encouragement to fellow runners/walkers will go a long way.
Enjoy yourself: All of the NewRun events have beautiful courses so take in the scenery and atmosphere of your race if you can.
Renee Valentine is a qualified personal trainer and mother of three. [email protected]整形美容医院m.