5 Pre-Race Tips to Ensure You’re Ready for that International Race

It’s almost here! It’s been almost a year and a half since the morning we were standing in the corrals at the Disney Princess Half Marathon and they announced the Inaugural Disneyland Paris Race Weekend.

Since then, we’ve been busy training and I’ve been busy helping some of you secure your bibs and plan your trip. Now it’s time to put that training into action and bring back the BLING! Which one(s) of these will  you be bringing back?

Source: Disneyland Paris

Source: Disneyland Paris

In that year and a half, I know many of you have been training hard. Some of you have endured injury and have made your way back to training. With one month to go before the race, keep focused on your training, your nutrition and your recovery. Recovery is just as important as the training because overtraining can result in an injury that prevents you from grabbing that BLING at the finish line.

Since the majority of my client base comes from the USA and will be traveling some distance to get to the race, I wanted to share some of the tips with you that I shared with them.

1) Stay hydrated
Most people traveling to Paris for the race will be flying in a day or two before the race. After 8-12 hours of flying, you’ll not only be sleep deprived, you’ll most likely be dehydrated. Try to carry an empty water bottle through the security gate with you and fill it up on the other side. This will help you monitor whether you are taking in enough fluids during those long hours on the plane or sitting at your layover. You don’t want to start the race already dehydrated.

2) Don’t hit the ground running
OK, so that was a bad pun. However, the excitement that you have for landing in Paris or any other international racecation destination will take over the moment you step out of the airport. So, remember that you just flew half way around the world to run a race. Don’t spend the day or two before gallivanting all over the country. Spend some time lingering at cafes, relaxing in the park or resting by the pool. You’ll need that energy come race day!

3) Save some room in your suitcase for race nutrition
It’s important to think about the nutrition you know you will need for the race. It may not be as easy in a foreign country to run into a local running store or grocery store and find the exact race nutrition you prefer.  Most larger races have expos and you’re liking to find what you need there if you forgot your favorites. But, it’s best to pack what you know works for you and carry it with you.

4) Stay positive and relaxed
You’ve put in the miles during training. Now it’s time to let your body remember the training. Focus on having a positive mindset and picturing yourself crossing the finish line and earning that BLING!

5) Don’t eat anything exotic under after the race
The foodie in me (and you) might want to dive right in to fresh baked breads, creamy fromage, chocolates and pastries as soon as we hit the streets of Paris. Sharing a few bites with your traveling companions is certainly okay. You are on vacation after all. But, sitting down for dinner the night before the race and savoring the Escargots De Bourgogne or the Ris De Veau should probably wait until post-race.  No one wants to wake up come race morning with GI issues!

Congratulations to everyone that was able to secure a race bib! Good luck with the rest of your training.

See you all in Paris!


Cassandra Burke is a Forensic Scientist by day, and a Group Fitness Instructor, Swim Team Coordinator and Travel Agent by night. A Breast Cancer Survivor since 2010, she writes about her journey as well as her struggles – training for triathlons and races, struggling to get back her health, and balancing family life all while building her brand and finding her purpose after cancer. Subscribe to Cassandra’s newsletter for updates and follow @poweredbybling on social media! For endurance sport race travel and custom family vacation travel, visit her at pbbtravel.com.


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