Elle’s Top 10 Survival Tips for RTTB

I’m 4 days away from my first half marathon and doing well to keep any anxiety subsided! I have spoken to everyone I know to try and gather information on how to prepare for Run To The Beat Half Marathon and to ensure I am race day ready. I put all that information together here, for you, and for my own reference…


2. Pack your race day bag BEFORE the morning of the race. Ensure you include a change of clothes for after the race, sandals, plastic bag for wet clothes, tissues / toilet paper, water, snacks / food , race gels and a towel (amongst many other things).

3. Pack a race outfit that is tried and tested. This is not the time to whip out brand new trainers or sports bras. Your kit needs to be reliable and comfortable. Don’t forget your race t-shirt, your chip, map and other bits and bobs that you have been sent in your race pack. I will also be sourcing a small waist bag to carry my valuables and gels along the route with me.

4. Keep off your feet as much as possible the day before the race and race morning. You want your legs to be at their best for when you get going. Don’t forget to cut your toe nails too!

I’ll be trying out these Shot Bloks on race day

5. Ensure you eat 2 – 4 hours before your start time.Something like porridge will be a good start to your day. Other options include a bagel with peanut butter or a banana and energy bar.

6. Hydration! Drink 16-24 oz of water 1 hour before the race then stop; empty your bladder as much as possible before the race start. Drink a small amount 10 minutes before you start and every 20 minutes there after. Utilise the sports drinks offered about 40 minutes into your race and use your gels as and  when necessary.

7. If it’s cold out, take some cover ups to wear at the start line which you don’t mind disposing of before you start. You might also want to carry a bin liner to use if it rains! I personally have never been a bin liner kind of girl!

8. I will be focusing on my race as 4 x 5km runs; that way I won’t freak out looking at the bigger picture! After all it’s mind over matter (right?!)

9. Once you have finished (hoorah!) you should eat something Low GI along with some form of protein. A lot of people say chocolate milk works for them; unfortunately I am lactose intolerant so this is not an option for me! Other ideas are the bagel with peanut butter or a smoothie. The main thing is to refuel as quickly as possible, and not to forget to rehydrate.

10. ENJOY YOUR RACE! …what’s the point otherwise?! My sole aim is to finish; WHEN I do that, I will be proud!

So, what do you carry in your race day bag? And do you have any more tips for us?!

Elle 😉 x

You can follow my journey here:

RTTB Training: Week 4

RTTB Training: Week 2

RTTB Training: Week 1

The start of my RTTB journey



  1. Billy Martin
    October 24, 2012 / 16:39

    Great prep work Elle, you've done your homework and its sure to pay off. I too have an intolerance for lactose, so after a longer distance run like a half, I drink a Muscle Milk(Cytosport), contrary to its name, it has no milk or lactose in it, I like the way they taste, and they are really great after a run to refuel and repair. (I prefer the vanilla or banana)If you plan to run it as 4ea 5k runs, remember to give yourself a little extra time on your splits so you can finish strong.One last thing, I found out the hard way to drink plenty of water with the sports gel during my run too. Cramps really drained my overall endurance.Have a super run and have fun!

    • Danielle Linton
      October 25, 2012 / 08:10

      I do hope it all pays off! …and thanks for the tips! Will definitely keep those in mind! 🙂

  2. Chi-Chi
    October 24, 2012 / 16:24

    can't believe that RTTB is almost upon us! wishing you all the best Danielle x

    • Danielle Linton
      October 25, 2012 / 08:09

      I know! That was like THE fastest 5 weeks EVER! …Thanks doll! see you later 😉 x

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