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How a Dancer Preps for THON: 7 Days to Go

THON 2012

We’ve finally reached the end of the road. In seven days, we will stand for the fight, for the cure, for the kids.

At this point, there isn’t too much more you can do to physically prepare yourself for the weekend. Take it easy this week; you don’t want to risk injuring yourself or being too fatigued by the end of the week. If you’re going to work out, don’t overexert yourself or engage your body in activities that it isn’t accustomed to.

Focus on relaxing as much as possible. I know this is pretty unheard of for college students, but try and keep a regular sleep schedule of at least eight hours a night. If you’re going to be awake for 46 hours straight, you want to be as well rested as possible going into the weekend.

Do your best this week to erase any outside stresses before THON begins. Get any homework done during the week so it isn’t on your mind throughout the weekend. Don’t let anything distract you from focusing on and enjoying every minute of THON Weekend and everything about it.

One thing I’ve heard from numerous former dancers is to load up on healthy carbohydrates like whole grain and whole wheat pastas and breads, not just the night before THON, but throughout the week. Need some ideas of foods to help fuel your for the weekend? Check out this list of the Top 10 Energy Foods from Active.com.

Also, take time this week to make sure you have everything you think you’ll need. Some things to make sure to pack:

  • Socks, and lots of them. My moraler, who danced last year, recommended at least ten pairs of both high and low socks.
  • Deodorant, for obvious reasons.
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste (or Wisps!).
  • Some kind of slider sandals like the ones made by Adidas and Nike and/or sandals so your feet can get a break.
  • Plenty of shirts and shorts to change throughout the weekend.

If you aren’t sure of what to bring with you, talk with your moraler. They’re trained throughout the year on how to help you make it through the weekend, and they’ll definitely be able to help with any confusion.

We dance in 7!

THON - The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the most ubiquitous event on campus, has been in existence since 1973. THON currently benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital and has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception. Read more