Our friends at Zest Magazine are getting ready for the first of this years Zest Challenge events.
This weekend sees them heading off to Henley-on-Thames for their 5K and 10K challenge runs. Not quite your average running event though as there’ll be hay bales to climb over, nets to scramble under, balance beams and a giant water slide!
With all that in mind they’ve sent through some last minute tips, which should help everyone regardless of how adventurous their run turns out to be.
You’ve done the training, now all that’s left is to make sure you have a good carby meal the night before (steer clear of spicy foods!) and make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Then come race day, our checklist will help you stay cool, calm and raring to go:
- Get up early to eat a light digestible breakfast – we love porridge or wholemeal toast and a banana. Drink lots of water too.
- Don’t be tempted to wear something new on race day. This isn’t the time to road test new clothes – you don’t want to be worrying about chafing seams or itchy waistbands when you’re scrambling over hay bales!
- Plan your transport to the start point, especially as it’s an early start. Give yourself plenty of time to get there, making sure you account for registration and warm-up time, not to mention queuing for the loo.
- Limber up try knee raises, star jumps, jogging on the spot.
- Don’t start off too quickly it’s easy to be carried along by the crowd and kick off in the wrong gear. Remember, there are nine obstacles to work your way over, so you’ll need to conserve some energy.
- Finally, enjoy yourself! It’s called a challenge for a reason, but we promise it’s loads of fun and just think of the reward that’ll come with finishing.
For more race-day tips, check out www.zest.co.uk/running/