If you signed up to participate in the Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K in Nashville, there are a few things you can do to successfully prepare for the big day. Whether you’re a novice runner or an experienced marathon competitor, below are a few tips to maximize your efforts on the day of the big race.

Get Some Sleep Two Nights Before

Running a marathon can be exciting and nerve-wracking, so it’s important to get plenty of rest at least two days prior to the race. Pre-race jitters have the tendency to strike the night before the big race, which can have a negative effect on your quality of sleep and overall marathon performance. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the two nights leading up to the Hot Chocolate Marathon so you are well-rested to run your best.

Keep Your Training Light

During race week, your training mileage should decrease so as not to burn yourself out. At this point in your training regimen, you should focus on getting enough rest so your legs are ready for the big race. During the week of your race, try to schedule two or three short runs. Two days out from the marathon, make sure to take a day of rest.

Get There Early

The morning of the Nashville Hot Chocolate marathon, give yourself plenty of time to get to the race site and warm up. You’ll need to figure out a variety of things, including parking, packet pick-up and warming your body up before the race begins. Try to arrive at the race site at least 60 minutes prior to start time so you have plenty of time to get to the starting line.

Get IV Hydration Therapy

If you haven’t been able to hydrate as much as you’d like before the race, consider stopping by Vida-Flo for one of our IV hydration therapy treatments. While there are several supplements and sports drinks out there that promise improved athletic performance, IV hydration therapy is a surefire way to increase the length and productivity of your workout. We work with marathon runners before every Nashville marathon to ensure they are completely hydrated and energized for the race.

Eat A Good Breakfast

On the morning of the big race, be sure to eat a healthy breakfast. Try aiming to eat about two hours prior to the race to ensure your body has plenty of time to digest your breakfast, otherwise you could run the risk of getting a cramp halfway through. Keep your meal simple and make sure you’re eating items that are high energy and easy to digest. A bowl of oatmeal with dried fruit is a great option, or a bagel with peanut butter will do the trick.

At Vida-Flo in Nashville, we’re proud to be a leading provider of IV hydration therapy for athletes and marathon runners. When you visit our facility, we’ll take the time to learn about your fitness goals before recommending the best hydration therapy treatment for you.