Our aim: Run in the Dark 2015
It’s now time to start thinking about Race Day and although you won’t make much of an improvement to your fitness between now and then you can still ensure you are ready for Race Week by preparing in advance.
If you were thinking of replacing your running shoes or any items of clothing then now is the time to do it as you don’t want to be introducing anything new in the days before the Race just in case there’s any discomfort.
If you have your favourite items of clothing that you plan on wearing then make sure they’re available and use something else for those last few sessions.
Don’t try catch up on lost training sessions as you may leave yourself fatigued rather than rested leading and ideally you won’t to be at the start line feeling rested and free from aches and pains.
Think about what the weather might be like and always be prepared for the worst by making sure you have a rain jacket and maybe a hat & gloves packed.
Don’t rely on the goody bag to refuel after your run by making sure you pack something to aid your recovery.
You could also pack a snack to keep you going before the race starts and if you plan on going to the race from work don’t forget to pack a change of clothes if required.
Familiarise yourself with the surrounding area by taking a look at the race route map as this makes it easier to plan your route to and from the event.
- Don’t try anything new on Race Day.
- Don’t try catch up on lost training sessions.
- Use the week before the race to ensure you are race ready.
- Familiarise yourself with the surrounding area.
- Be aware of road closures and places to park.
It's advisable to consult with your doctor before starting on any new exercise regime if starting from a base of zero fitness and years of inactivity or returning from illness or injury.
John O’Regan is the official running coach for this year’s Run in the Dark taking place on Wednesday November 11th 2015 at 8pm in 50 locations worldwide.
John O’Regan has ran over 50 marathons and ultra marathons on seven continents / 20 countries and represented Ireland on 10 occasions at ultra marathon distance. Follow him on Twitter at @johnoregan777