At Courts, we work with a lot of charities and we host and attend various events supporting the community and its peers annually. One of the most frequent things we participate in and host are charity walks/runs. Here are some before, during and after tips for getting ready for your next charity walk!
- Take it easy the day before. The most you should do is a light workout or stretching so you don’t feel sluggish or tight.
- Eat what you would normally eat. The day before is definitely not the time to go out and try that new restaurant your friends have been talking about. Save that for after as a celebration!
- On the same note, be sure to drink lots of water so your body will be properly hydrated the next day.
- Don't change your gear. Never, under any circumstances, buy a new pair of shoes before an event.
Your feet will not be happy in the end because your shoes would not have had the time to be broken in. Trust us, stick with your regular running shoes!
- Be sure to pack "emergency supplies." Things like band-aids, toilet paper, wipes, etc, are small things you should take with you just in case.
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour. Your body will need rest and for those of you who get a little anxious before an event, it’ll give you enough time to relax and settle into bed.
On the day:
- Eat lightly on the day and it’s best to have a carb heavy meal 2 – 4 hours before the walk.
- Arrive earlier so you can warm up and get familiar with your surroundings.
- Walk with your water bottle so you can stay hydrated during the walk. Take a drink every 15 minutes or so.
- If you’re not an experienced runner or walker, slower is better so you avoid hitting the dreaded “wall” half way into the walk.
- If you’ve been running, don't stop immediately when you cross the finish line. Your body will need to cool down so be sure to walk for a few minutes and drink water so your muscles can avoid soreness.
- Take photos and mingle with everyone! You’ve just accomplished something so you should enjoy it!