My race is almost here! Tomorrow is the day! I have been getting myself ready for this 13.1 mile run, by running long runs on the weekend, staying flexible, drinking water, and eating right. The thursday before the race, rather than going for a long run, I took a long walk - to keep my muscles loose, and keep my body moving. It was an active rest day before the big day.
I began running shorter distances and built up to 10 miles. I started with 3 miles, then went to 4, 5, 6, and so on. This allowed me to build my stamina for the long run.
I eat pretty healthy on a regular basis. I consume a lot of fruits and vegetables. I eat meat occasionally. And I don’t tend to eat junk food.
Before my morning workouts, I made sure that I had something to eat an hour or two before my exercises/runs. Fruit smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt and fruit, toast, etc. I made sure I ate to give my body something to metabolize. If I don’t eat anything before a workout - I have absolutely no energy. If I did not eat before exercising, my body would not have anything to use for fuel; so everything that seemed so easy before would become much more difficult. Eating is extremely important.
Because running such a far distance, I need to make sure I eat right the night before (have enough carbs stored in my body for the run), and eat the morning of. Stew and I will be staying at a bed and breakfast, so I don’t have to worry about preparing our breakfast. We will wake up with enough time to get ready, eat, and sign in for the race. After the half marathon, we will need to restore our body with some carbs and fats - since our bodies will still need energy - and protein, to help rebuild our muscles.
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