Long distance running is one of the most difficult activities a human can do, whether it’s just training or a competition.  What you do before the event is often just as important as what you do during the event, and just to be clear; running for over 90 minutes or over 10 miles constitutes a long distance event.  Preparation can make or break one of these long, running sessions or competitions. There are some important guidelines to help you be the most successful you can be.

  1. Preparation starts the day before the event, not the day of!

  2. You rest your legs the day before, but you can still have a light workout.

  3. You begin to hydrate the day before.

  4. You eat high carbohydrate meals for lunch and dinner the day before – no excess of protein or fatty foods.

  5. You aim for 8 hours of sleep the night before the big race

  6. Wake up, take your amino acid supplement L-Arginine Plus, and consume a snack – This is assuming you are running in the morning.

  7. Drink at least 8 ounces of water.

  8. Just before the race you take a moment to yourself to narrow your focus.  No need for cheesy self pep-talks however.

  9. Go to the starting line, visualize what comes next.

  10. And you’re off!