Half Marathon Race Preparation
|October 5, 2012||Posted by Carrie under half marathon, nutrition, Running|
I’m running my 4th half marathon on Sunday – the Long Beach Half.
I’m not really a believer in the whole ‘carb loading’ thing for race preparation. However, I do make a few changes to my diet in the days leading up to a race. I cut back on the high fiber foods, limit dairy as much as possible and do make my meals a little higher in good carbs. Really, that means fewer salads, no apples for a snack and no yogurt. And usually a few meals are pancakes leading up to a race.
I start adjusting my meals three days before the race.
And, I up my water intake as much as possible.
Jason at Cook, Train, Eat, Race wrote a great article about how the timing of pre-race meals is really important.
I’m a firm believer that the last meal before your race is not going to provide all of the nutrition you need for your race. You need to prepare your body for a few days. I also think that the idea of the last meal ‘carb loading’ plan actually leads people to overeat at that meal which probably makes them feel worse come race morning.
I do plan out my pre-race meal, but I don’t count that it’s going to provide all the nutrition I need for the race. I plan it out as something that is going to taste good and be easy on my body the next day. This time around I’m planning on pizza for dinner.
I also take a few days off of exercise before a race. Yesterday was my last run. I went out for 3 easy miles – the first one was slow, and then I picked up the pace for each of the next two. It was super confidence boosting and I felt great when I was done. Today and tomorrow will be rest days.
How do you prepare for races? Do you start your race prep a few days early?
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Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian nor am I a running coach. I’m not certified in anything, I just listen to my body and do what feels good for me. Please consult a professional if you have questions about diet, nutrition and exercise.