With 10 days to go to the Virtual Great North Run, your tapering should be just about underway. Whether you’re feeling confident that your training has gone to plan, or you’ve just had the realisation that you’re a bit under-trained, the next 10 days are important to ensure you enjoy (almost) every step from the start to the finish line. 

Here are a few tips (and reminders) to keep you on track until race day.

While you should already be trying to eat a healthy & balanced diet (perhaps even using a nutrition tracker…), make sure you plan out your meals from this point onwards.  Aim for approx 40% carbs, 40% protein and 20% fats in your diet, as well as some good, nutritious food to keep you strong.  Oh and enjoy a good dose of carbo loading the day before the race! 
Your sleep is more important than ever this week & next, so make sure that from now, nothing stands in the way between you and a good night’s counting sheep.
Do not be tempted by a longer run / your mate’s amazing new HIIT class / rollerblading with your kid down the park.  Minimise anything that will have an impact on your training and try to keep yourself injury free. 
It wasn’t easy; there were perhaps times you nearly u-turned at the front door, but hooray, you’ve signed up, you’ve got some training in your legs, and race day is just around the corner! 
However your training has gone, you have done well to get this far - no training plan is ever perfect, even for athletes, and bodies, as well as life, are complex things that can go ‘ping’ any minute!
Celebrate and treat yourself a little this week to something extra special (a new pair of comfy running socks always does the trick!), because hey, you’re ace, and you’re nearly done.

You’ve got 13.1 miles to run… and you need to know where you’re going and that you’re doing it safely.  It’s time to plan ahead and map out your run. 
We’ve pulled together a guide to help you plan the perfect route for your GNR Virtual experience.

We’d love to hear how you’re getting ready for race day.  Share your last minute training & preparation with us on social media.