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Hitting the streets for the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon? Share your race-day routine with other runners

The KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon is fast approaching. Where will you #RunYourTown?

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THIS OCTOBER BANK holiday weekend, runners around the capital will be taking to the streets for the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon.

While the atmosphere for race-goers will certainly be different to pre-Covid times, the sense of achievement when you complete your chosen route cannot be matched – especially if you have a loved one waiting at the end to cheer you on.

Just like each participant’s route will be individual to them, every runner has their own habits and preferences to help get them to the finish line.

So, how does your usual race-day routine look? Share your preferences below, and see what other runners have to say.

The day before

You’ve done the training and planned your route. Now it’s time to give yourself the fuel you need before the big day. According to experts, loading up on carbs like pasta, potatoes or bread in the days leading up to the race can help delay feelings of fatigue during your run. How else do you prep for a race? Let us know below.


You’re preparing your kit for the big day. How much thought have you put into what you wear and bring, 1 being none at all and 10 being a lot?



It’s time to get some rest before you head off. How happy are you with the preparation and training you’ve done, 1 being not very and 10 being really happy? 



It’s the night before a big race. How do you feel? Rate your emotions from 1 (petrified) to 10 (very excited).


During the race

Small things can make a big difference on race day, from wearing your favourite gear to knowing your friends and family are there to cheer you on as you #RunYourTown. Even something as simple as listening to a good song while running can improve your performance when you’re feeling fatigued, according to a recent study. But what race day additions are important to you? Tell us your thoughts below.


You’ve set your route and are ready to go. How strict are you on the time you want to achieve, 1 being not at all and 10 being very strict?



The end of your route is in sight. How likely are you to pick up the pace, 1 being unlikely to 10 being very likely?



It’s race day! How important to you is a great playlist for your run, 10 being very important?


After the finish line 

You did it, the race is complete! So, what now? Let us know your post-run routine below and, don’t forget – just like fuelling up before the race is important – so too is eating the right foods afterwards. Within 30 minutes of completing your course, it is recommended to eat a recovery snack that’s high in carbohydrates and protein, such as a chicken sandwich and a banana. Celebrating with friends and family members is sure to help with any feelings of fatigue, too.


You’re nearing the end and see your friends and family cheering you on in the distance. What’s your reaction? Rate your emotional state from 1 (happy, but mainly tired) to 10 (overjoyed, it's exactly the boost I need).



Congratulations, you’ve just crossed the finish line! What an achievement! Rate your feelings at this moment from 1 (exhausted and can't wait to rest) to 10 (exhilarated and can't wait to celebrate).



Cooldown stretches can help after a long run. With all the excitement of the finish line to distract you, how committed will you be to your cooldown routine, on a scale of 1 to 10?


 Whatever your prep for a race involves, and however you perform on the day, it’s important to remember that it’s taking part and enjoying yourself that matters. Good luck! 

Where will you #RunYourTown for the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon, taking place from October 23 to 25? Share your running route on social media with the hashtag #RunYourTown throughout the weekend.

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