The Sono Half is fast approaching, and after months of training with our Tuesday Night Group Runs, it's finally time to perform for the big day! We have talked to the most avid runners on our staff to gather tips for getting ready for the race whether it's your first or one of many.
"It's important to decrease the miles in your training runs leading up to the race, and for the last two days beforehand, you shouldn't run at all. Take these days to rest up and get your body ready for the big day!" --James Whipple
Keep it Consistent
"It's a good idea to wear the sneakers you've been training in, since you know your feet will stay comfortable in them. If your training shoes are on the older side, pick up a pair of PhD Run Light Elite Cushion socks from Smartwool, which will add extra cushioning to your feet and also absorb sweat." --Arlo Tarr
"One of the most important race nutrition tips is to not try anything new or different before a run. The night before, try to just eat what you would normally eat the night before you go for a long run. Eat a good breakfast 2 hours before running. Generation UCAN drink mixes and snack bars are a great choice 15-30 minutes before the race, as they will give you the electrolytes and carbs you need to keep moving."* --Scott Maxwell
*Outdoor Sports Center suggests practicing race nutrition ahead of time. For example, we don't recommend trying a new energy food for the first time on the morning of a race. Give it a try on your run the day before, and make sure your body takes to it with ease.
"Take advantage of water stations along the route, and it's never a bad idea to carry water with you as well. We have plenty of options, from handheld bottles to hip belts to hydration packs made for runners, from Nathan or FuelBelt." --Grace Lloyd
"With all the hype and excitement around you, it's easy to sprint out of the gate with all the other runners. Don't forget to run at your own pace and don't focus on competing! The crowd will start to even out as faster runners make their way up front, and my advice run on the side until the crowd disperses. Run your own race; it will pay off!" --Kate Tarr
Strategically Place your Support Crew
"If people are going to come cheer you on, have them wait at mile 10. In a 13-mile race, this is usually the toughest point in your run, and having friends or family cheering for you at this moment can be crucial to keep you going." --Heidi Smith
"Dress accordingly if it's a chilly day, but be ready to ditch your long sleeve layer because you'll definitely warm up when running! Bring a layer that you don't care about, in case having it around your waist proves to be too distracting and you need to ditch it. Discarded garments will be donated at the end of the race!" --Scott Maxwell
Have your Playlist Ready
"While headphones aren't recommended for safety reasons, we know that some of you love listening to music while running. Sometimes, the right song is just what you need to help you push through a tough stretch of the race. I recommend having a long playlist ready so that you don't have to deal with pulling out your device to change the song while you're running. Have your iPod or phone strapped to your arm with a Super 5K or a Sonic Boom from Nathan, let it play, and forget about it!" --Heidi Smith
You can check in for the SoNo Half early by stopping by Sports Authority in Norwalk (444 Connecticut Ave) on Friday between 11 and 7 for packet pickup. On race day, the course will begin and end at Veteran's Park in South Norwalk. Packet pickup opens at 7 AM and closes at 8:30. Parking at the start/finish area also close at 8:30, and the race will begin at 9!
Above all, everyone is here to have fun! Don't take yourself too seriously, and remember to focus on enjoying the day you've trained so hard for. Whether you finish in one hour or three, we want to see everyone cross the finish line with a huge smile!