Fuel fuel fuel yourself
Nutrition plays a huge part in your training and you need make sure your body is in the best shape possible by eating the right stuff.
- 65% of your total calories should come from complex carbs, approximately 20% from unsaturated fats, and 10% from protein.
- Load your diet with carbs the week before the marathon so that your body is prepared for the physical challenge. (Chip butty anyone?)
- Don’t eat too much the day of the race, since the food might feel heavy in your stomach and slow you down. Porridge is a great slow burning food for the morning of the race.
Stay hydrated in pre-marathon days
In the days leading up to the race make especially sure that you’re well hydrated.
- As you go on longer runs, practice carrying a water bottle with you, either in your hand or around your waist, so you can stay hydrated as you run.
- Avoid drinking excessive alcohol and caffeine in the days before the race, since these dehydrate your body.
Rest up the days leading up to the race
The last long run of your training should be several days before the race, so your body has plenty of time to recover. The day before the race, rest or do an easy run, but don’t work out too strenuously. You’ll want to keep yourself primed for race day.
Enjoy the race and have fun!
The Women’s Mini-Marathon is alot of fun and there is great camaraderie on the day. Remember to enjoy yourself! Make sure you pace yourself so you’ll be able to cross the finish line.
- You know your own body best. Whether you choose to walk, run or do both remember to listen to your body and pace yourself.
- Ask friends and family to come and cheer you on to provide a little extra motivation as you reach your goal.