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four Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate Also, if you can pick up your race packet, including out too fast. Keep you race goals in mind. Johnson Monz says the best way to make sure you have your bib and timing chip the day before, that can says to go into a race mentally prepared and confi- enough water is to start drinking lots of liquids a be extremely useful to you the morning of the race. dent that you've done everything to be ready. He few days before the race and to always take advan- Remember, says Everett, to take a break from run- stresses that you should remember that at some tage of water stops during the race. The thing not ning the day before a race. Instead, use the time to point in the race you're going to feel like you can't to do, says John Everett, a manager at City Sports really stretch out. do it. That's where you need to fall back on your in Wellesley, is to chug water right before a race. That won't help you get hydrated, but it will probably make you need to urinate during the race. five seven resolve and push through the discomfort. Cross Train According to Jill Blondek, the co-owner of Future Shapes Wellesley, "With the forward motion of run- Be an Early Bird nine Know the Rules of Lining Up Remember, faster, more seasoned runners will be ning, the alternate muscles do not get trained." at the front of the starting line, and they don't like Pierce says to show up half an hour to one and a She says to find exercises that use your hips, beginners getting in their way. Find people with half hours earlier than you think you should be obliques, inner thighs, and smaller muscle groups. similar times to you and stay with them. there. There are a couple of reasons: you want to One way to do this, stresses Blondek, is to go to make sure you have a parking spot, that you have the gym and hire a personal trainer to work on a your race packet, can warm up, store any before- series of large and small muscle exercises. race clothing, and use the bathroom. six Plan a Few Days Before eight ten Stretch it Out Remember to stretch out after the race, says Pierce. While you should do a light, dynamic – Prepare Yourself Mentally or moving – stretch before the race, the real time Both high school coaches stress the importance of to stretch those muscles is after the race using Ideally a day or two before the race, you should be preparing yourself mentally for the race. Monz says static – or still – stretches. Fisher recommends using familiar with the starting area and the race route. don't get caught up in the pack mentality and start foam rollers to get the tightness out of the muscles. s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e 25

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