Over the years, the sport of running has gone through a metamorphosis. The main goal has evolved into completing a 5k, 10k or a marathon while having fun rather than breaking any records or winning the all mighty gold medal. This has then created two categories of runs that exist today: Competitive Runs and Fun Runs. We are currently not far from Electric Run and being prepared is key in the prevention of injury and achieving maximum amount of fun.
a. You don’t have to run everyday to get ready for a 5k or a marathon. Do not overdo yourself if you’re just starting out as you may risk injury just by not being used to it. Just by running 3 times a day and brisk walking improves your stamina and when you’re ready, you might want to ante up!
b. Combine walking and running! Don’t get too exhausted trying to win a race, the tortoise won over the hare anyways. You should never put your body under excessive pressure when you’re not used to it. It’s always better to run further with a steady speed to gain more endurance.
c. Be sure to warm up before any exercise! Simple stretches, brisk walking or even jogging for 15 minutes will warm your body up for reducing the chances of injury
2. Rest Well
a. Sing yourself a lullaby every night because you’ll want to be well rested, think 7 or more hours per night. Pre-race nerves are a given but with 2 weeks of good sleep, it wouldn’t be too bad if you toss and turn too much the night before the event – but of course, more sleep is always better. If you do decide to reach for the stars and increase your training load, make sure you allow your body to rest sufficiently. By resting well, your body will recuperate and you will feel less stress to the mind and the muscles.
3. Monitor your diet
a. Fried food all day should be something to stray away from. Think healthy: Vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, low carbs and fruits. Don’t skim on this and decide to do this a week before the event. A big no no! Another one is to not skip a meal, eat accordingly to those grumbling tummies!
b. It’s also always good to plan ahead and have your meals prepped! Always remember to not eat before running, give it 2-3 hours so you are able to sufficiently digest your food – but still give you enough energy to run. If you do feel a slight tinge in your stomach before a run, try half a banana or some raisins 15 minutes before your event.
a. Hydrate. Hydrate. Make sure to drink about two liters of water every day, two weeks before the race. If you already do this on a daily basis, kudos to you! Stay away from drinks such as caffeine and alcohol, we’re looking to hydrate, not dehydrate! For anyone who gets a stich regularly, here’s a tip: sip your water rather than gulping down that H20!
5. Pack Smart
a. If you’re going to decorate yourself in florescent paint and you don’t want the interior of your car decorated as well – we suggest some baby wipes and a towel for your expensive interior. Another suggestion is to bring a spare change of clothes; riding home covered in paint might not be the best thing to do.
b. Just incase it pours, bring a Ziploc bag or a waterproof case for your phone and other important personal belongings.
6. Practice your dance moves
a. Electric Run is a fun run, so that means it’s not a timed event. Have fun! This is not a time to beat that fastest 5k record! Dance to the beat of the drums and get your groove on while shining bright like a diamond. We need those funky moves at our EPIC finish line celebration!
7. Be creative with your costumes
a. Think outside the box! Be as colorful and creative as your heart desires! Maximize that glow and stand out with accessories and paint! Go all LED out! Last year we had some amazing LED robot and they were a walking photo op!