You've signed up to a Great Run event, you've put the miles in training and now you're thinking ahead to event day and putting all that hard work into action. Whatever distance you're running, we want to make sure you're mentally and physically prepared for the challenge ahead and make the most out of the opportunity.
1. Check the weather forecast to help you decide what clothes you will need.
– If it’s going to be cold or wet, you might want to bring a hat and gloves to keep you warm before you start.
– For hot weather, consider bringing a cap to shade your face (or neck) and wear breathable clothing.
2. It’s a good idea to practise running carrying a bottle.
Try using one with a sports cap so it's easy to keep taking regular sips. There will be regular water points along the course so make sure you check out the event guide or website for where these will be located.
3. There's usually abit of standing around before the event starts.
To keep your body warm maybe bring an old jumper or even a bin bag to throw away once you have warmed up. Great Run will donate your unwanted clothes to charity wherever possible.
4. Don’t wear new trainers for the first time on event day.
It's a good idea to run in them for at least a month before the event. It’s essential that these have been properly fitted to your feet and running style. Trainers help to cushion the impact of running on your feet and lower limbs, which goes some way to protecting them.
5. On a warm day or during the Summer months, wear water-resistant sun cream.
Be careful not to put on too much otherwise when you sweat, the sun cream may run into your eyes. Apply Vaseline or chafing gel to any areas where you have had chafing during training, such as under your arms, bra band, toes or groin.
6. The first few miles can be very crowded.
Many people tire themselves out by dodging in and out of runners because they're behind on their pacing plan. Try to maintain a moderate, even pace and enjoy the event. As you warm up, you can increase your pace if it feels comfortable. Use the distance markers as a reminder to review how you're feeling, your posture, breathing and pace.
7. Make sure you have something to eat and drink to keep you going on the journey home after the event.
You'll get your goody bag once you've crossed the finish line which will include some snacks but you can bring your own too as you'll have worked up an appetite. Most events will have catering facilities in the event village so bring some spare change if you haven't got room to carry much.