Hello! My name is Stitch and my adopted Human is doing the Milton Keynes Marathon on Monday. I’ve watched him do what he calls “training” over the last year, and here are some things I am going to share that will help you get the best out of your race – whether it is the Half or the Full Marathon. You too have now done all your training, and it’s just the excitement of waiting for the day itself that’ll be doing your head in (from what my Human says).
1. Eat (and Drink) well in the run up to Race Day.
Eating good quality carbohydrate and protein (and some good fats such as avocado and oily fish!) will help to fuel your body and get it ready for the race. Drink plenty of fluids such as water, tea, squash to make sure that you’re hydrated because you humans appear to be very leaky. My human calls it ‘Sweat’ but it seems to come from almost everywhere!
I’ve heard of something called Beer and apparently it’s a good thing to drink after the race. I only drink Intergalactic Juice, and apparently it’s just not the same.
2. Make sure you read the Race Day Information and have your Race Number.
I have made my Human read the information and I know what his Race Number is so that I can track his whereabouts. I don’t want him stressing about where he is meant to be or what time he is meant to be there, and I want to be able to see him – so I chipped him. The Race Number chip is purely back-up.
For other Humans who may wish to track their fellow Humans, there is the MK Marathon App, which can be downloaded from things called iTunes and Google Play. Apparently people may track my Human via this method if they wish to do so.
3. Got Gear?
Have you got what you need? Here’s a checklist:
Trainers (most important)
Sports bra (for female Humans)
Hat/Sunglasses/Gloves (weather depending)
Food for breakfast
Vaseline/Body Glide (Human beings seem to suffer from this thing called chafing, and I would hate for someone to suffer from it even if it is funny to hear my Human scream in the shower afterwards).
Have I missed anything?
4. Rest as much as you can the days before the race.
My Human is daft and runs every day. He advises that you don’t do this now unless you are also practised in running every day. He feels that this is the time we should ask sympathetic fellow Humans to help us, and allow feet to be put up, drinks to be made and food to be cooked. (This may also be needed after the race too but don’t tell them that for now).
The picture above is me, with my adopted Human.
5. Sleep well the night before the Night Before.
Many people don’t sleep well the night before apparently because they get this thing called ‘Nervous’. I’m a confident alien so I don’t know what this is, but Human assures me that it can stop people from sleeping sometimes. If you find you suffer from this then Human says that’s OK, and try not to worry. If you have this problem, then Human suggests sleeping well the night before the night before (in this case Saturday night), and have a nap the afternoon before if you have time. Then, should you find you can’t sleep Sunday night, you will have had some extra rest anyway.
Other quick tips include:
Not walking around excessively on race morning – sit down and try not to burn off nervous calories! You need them for the race!
Drink and eat your usual breakfast – you know what works for you.
Do not try anything new on race day. No new clothes or trainers that may rub, itch, chafe or cause blisters.
…. and finally:
Have a great day, enjoy the race and make new friends along the way!
Be successful Humans!
Lots of Love from Stitch. XXX
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