Week before my event, what can I do to help be successful?

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Week before my event, what can I do to help be successful?

Edgers follow a routine they have refined for the week leading up to their event.

Here are the most common questions, these topics are all based on you doing a Sunday event. Please adjust the days to fit your event schedule.

Hydration: 

Learned this valuable lesson from the Edge’s dearly departed friend Jerry Freisen when he was getting ready for his events.

Day 1 – Thursday (or Wednesday if doing a Saturday event)
Drink 2-3 litres of fluid (includes water, tea, coffee etc), eat three E-Load tablets or drink Biosteel before going to bed and one salt capsule.

Day 2 – Friday (or Thursday if doing a Saturday event)
Drink 2-3 litres of fluid (includes water, coffee, tea etc), Eload follow: take one E-Load tablet at 9am, one E-Load at noon, and one E-Load tablet at 3pm.  Biosteel follow: Mix up a container of Biosteel and sip on it all day long. Then take three E-Load tablets or sip on Biosteel throughout your evening before going to bed and two salt capsules.

Day 3 – Saturday (or Friday if doing a Saturday event)
Drink 2-3 litres of fluid (includes water, coffee, tea etc), Eload follow: take one E-Load tablet at 9am, one E-Load at noon, and one E-Load tablet at 3pm.  Biosteel follow: Mix up a container of Biosteel and sip on it all day long. Then take three E-Load tablets or sip on Biosteel throughout your evening before going to bed and two salt capsules.

Training:

The worst thing you can do is take a week off runnning. When it comes to race day your legs will feel heavy and like you have two logs for limbs. Pick two days and go for a light easy run. Ideally pick a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday combination.

Day 1 – Monday
Do your full regular warm up. Day off or a light 40 minutes run at conversation pace. Do a full after stretch cool down.

Day 2 – Tuesday               If you ran on Monday this is a day off.
Do your full regular warm up. Day off if you ran on Monday or a light 40 minutes run at conversation pace. Do a full after stretch cool down.

Day 3 – Wednesday       If you ran on Tuesday this is a day off.
Do your full regular warm up. Day off if you ran on Monday or a light 40 minutes run at conversation pace. Do a full after stretch cool down.

Day 4 – Thursday          If you ran on Wednesday this is a day off.
Do your full regular warm up. Day off if you ran on Monday or a light 40 minutes run at conversation pace. Do a full after stretch cool down.

Day 5 – Friday               Day off, but get on those feet and go for a 30 minute walk (or go to the Expo if you are doing a Saturday event)

Day 6 – Saturday         Day off. Go to the expo, pick up your race kits, get off your feet and rest.

Clothing and Gear:

Event day weather is very unpredictable, bring everything with you. It is ok if you do not wear some of the things you packed, better to have it then wished you had packed it. Packing List?

Never ever wear any clothing or gear you have never run in before. The runs leading up to the event, choose the shoes, bra, tank, s/s or l/s tops, shorts, capris, tights, vest or jacket that you will use on event day. Test run with the gear and make sure everything fits or is comfortable. No event day surprises.

Remember to pack for the finish line some warm, clean, and dry gear!