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Am running my very 1st half marathon in about 10 days time from now. Seeking some guidance on what dinner / meal to intake the previous night?
Also, do you suggest some breakfast for a race that starts at 8:30AM?
I will be carrying some Gu's with me...... & will have my camelback pack (a very small one) with me so that I do not have to stop n' drink - rather am the king of my own hydration ;-))
Welcome any suggestions on meals or during race Gu consumption to get the best results ??
I think the biggest thing that everyone will tell you is eat what you've been eating. What were you eating prior to long runs? You don't need any major carbo loading for a half so don't feel overly compellled to sit down to a huge pasta dinner.
Keep the meal low in fiber
Make sure it's not a huge heavy meal
Eat foods that you are used to
More importantly is make sure the day before you are drinking water like crazy! Good luck on your first
Thank you for the advice. That makes total sense. For some reason have noticed when I have a good carb meal the night before my long runs, feel more at ease in the amount of energy my body stores. Usually end-up having a good Pad Thai dish & that gives me a great start to the next morning.
I did not realize the drinking a lot of water before the long run day is important. I was just keeping myself hydrated to the extent needed based on how my body demanded.
Did a 10 mile run this morning & forgot my Gu at home..... felt like calling it off, yet made it through pretty well. That is the last long run am undertaking before PF Chang's next Sunday.
Based on your experience, shall I undertake three runs before next Sunday. This is what I have on my calendar at the moment.
Friday Today - 10 miles
Saturday Tomorrow - Strength workout
Sunday - 5 Mile fast pace run
Monday - Break from workout doing squats / leg exercises for 30 mins or so
Tuesday - 8 mile run easy pace
Wednesday - No running... just playing squash (similar to Racketball) for 1.5 hours
Thursday - 6 mile run medium pace
Friday - just some squats for 30 mins
Saturday - total rest .. no workout
Sunday - PF Changs 13.1 mile run
Appreciate your sharing thoughts / comments to get me past that 1st 1/2 run ;-)
Have an amazing weekend.
Good Luck! As far as your training..... I would slash my mileage in 1/2 but run at the same intensity.
I would also take it easy on the squats. I usually get sorest 48 hours after strength training and you don't need that.
I do think your mileage for the week is a little high if you are truly hope to "race"...meaning give it 100% rather than using this 1/2 as a say a training run for a full.
It's really hard for us to drop back, but you should probably cut the 8 miler to 4 with some intervals and the 6 to 3 with some intervals. I would also be wary of the squats, you are looking for fresh legs that are ready to rock so beyond the runs you need to cut out weights etc on race week. At least this is the best advice I have heard in all my running!
Thank you for the advice Amanda. Makes total sense ;-)
Have a great weekend.
Thanks Gatorade... another friend of mine advised against most strength training week, considering the big run is on Sunday.
Keep sending those lovely pearls of wisdom ;-)