Those race day jitters have started to stop. I think I found out the best routine to remove them. That routine is to break the routine. Until as of late, I would get restless sleep starting 2 nights out from bigger (target) races. Obviously this is not good for the body and mind. Most people say that the 2 nights before a race is the most important night of rest that a runner needs.
Prior to my March marathon where I ran a personal best, I would have a specific routine starting 2 nights out before toeing the line. I would eat only certain things, I would in fact try to replicate the same meals each and every time, and even watch the same movie the night before. Now don’t get me wrong by doing so I was able to look forward to race day, but I also felt that it was a root to my anxiety on race day as well.
In March along with spending 14 weeks training differently than I ever did, I also told myself it is time to break this routine to try to get better rest and feel more relaxed at the start line. I dumped the “must do” list and went with what was around me. I did schedule a few things like earlier bed time and making sure I avoided anything I knew that would upset my stomach in regards to eating. Everything else was about just going with the flow, treating my race like I would a long run.
The result of breaking routine the night before races since March … I ran a personal best in the marathon distance as well as I have ran a personal best and top 2 times in 10-mile races, and ran my 2nd and 3rd fastest times in the half marathon distances.
Do you have a routine that you stick with? Have you ever thought of breaking routine to get better results? Sometimes change is good …