Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail!
Normally, I get race anxiety pretty bad. For me, race anxiety doesn’t manifest itself the way that you think when you hear the word “anxiety.” My race anxiety means I do not talk about the race during the month leading up to the race.
I’m more than happy to talk about the race and the logistics of getting to the race, my race plan, what I need to pack for race day etc. when the race is more than a month out, but once it starts getting closer, my willingness to discuss the little things decreases dramatically!
Before the 2018 NJ marathon, my dad suggested that I create a Race Day Checklist before my race anxiety settles in so that it’s not a mad rush the day before and the morning of a race.
Now you might not think that a checklist could help that much, but it is actually a game changer! Having a checklist even reduced my race anxiety for the weeks leading up to the race!
Race Day Checklist
This checklist will break down everything you need from race morning, the actual race itself, and after you’ve finished. Print out a copy and use it to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything!