Find the right fuel
Test different types of nutrition. … On any given run, test only one variety of nutrition so you can know whether or not that variety works for you.
Practice makes perfect
Practice everything about race day. Not only the nutrition, but wear what you’re going to wear: the socks, the shorts, the shoes, the shirt, everything. Never try anything new on the day of the race. It all has to be totally routine.
Don’t stress the competition
Just focus on finishing with a smile on your face. You shouldn’t worry about who’s passing you or how fast that person’s running or how fast your friend’s running.
Don’t get discouraged
Remember that it’s the training runs that are the hardest that really make you the strongest. … It’s the things that we struggle through that strengthen us.