Here are some ideas to help you survive your race.
- Remember there is a lot of excitement of the race and being with your friends gets you moving and you forget the discomfort. The third leg is often the hardest because you are tired but everyone is in the same boat and is cheering you on.
- Take your first run slower than you normally would. This will allow you to have more energy through the other runs.
- Eat right. There is a lot of junk food around and you're eating at odd times. Try and eat well, or as well as you can. If you haven't tried a food before, don't start now. I always have pepto bismal tablets with me for when my stomach revolts to keep me out of the honey buckets.
- Take ibuprofen 30 minutes before you run to help with the soreness
- If you're used to taking GU's, take a GU (Clif Blocks, etc) 15 minutes before you run and give you some extra energy. I always like the one's with caffeine. Again don't try anything you haven't tried before.
- I'd love to say stretch after your run but most of the times that's not realistic. You have to get moving to the next exchange so you jump in the van and off you go.
- Relax and enjoy the discomfort. Everyone is in the same boat, tired, sore but you are a team and everyone is cheering you on.
What tips do you have for surviving a 24 hour relay?