Don’t panic! Just do your best.
With one month left until race day there’s still time to prepare yourself, even if you haven’t started training yet.
You may be panicking about not having done enough training! Actually, panicking is the last thing you want to be doing. Don’t start piling in the training as this may have an adverse effect if your body isn’t used to it. Just continue with the frequency of runs that you’ve been doing over the last month or, if you haven’t started training yet, start doing some light runs to get your body adjusted to spending more time on your feet, which will get you fitter without overexerting yourself.
If your patience is bursting and you want to get out the door to put some hard runs in to test yourself, then at least build up to it over the next week. Remember that training doesn’t kick in immediately, it can take at least a couple of weeks or longer before the benefits start to show. With this in mind, you can afford to protect your current fitness by not immediately jumping into anything that may run the risk of injury.
As well as thinking about your training, your race preparation may also include planning your race day travel plans, arrival time, warm up and more. If you prepare your on-the-day plan well in advance, it means that you don’t have to worry about it closer to the race. Here’s a quick checklist that you can use:
- Where’s the race start?
- Where to park or which public transport am I going to use?
- What time do I need to arrive so that I can collect my number and warm up?
- What am I going to wear for the race?
- What am I going to have for my pre-race meal?
The most important thing is to enjoy the race, so be the best you can be on the day and have a good time. If this is your first race then use the experience to make improvements for your next race!