Find Out How To Prepare For A Running Event!
Have you mustered up the courage to register for your first 5K run? Great! However, prior to hitting the track, there are certain things you need to know.
Steps To Prepare For A Running Event
Your first run can frighten you even if you have been doing it for fun. In order to overcome the anxiety you have to face before the race, here are 4 tips to help you get through the running event. Keep reading till the end!
1) Nutrition should be your first focus
Nutrition should be your first focus when you are preparing for a running event. The food consumed the last night will be the food that stays in your system during the race. So, instead of consuming an oily takeout meal, try to eat a dinner comprising of dark leafy greens like spinach, cruciferous veggies such as broccoli or cauliflower. Consume your carbs from sweet potato or yam and get your protein from fish or chicken.
On the day of your race, have a good meal about 2 hours before the beginning of the event. A good meal before the race can be something as basic as a small-sized sweet potato. You only need to ensure that you don’t eat anything that causes stomach problems during the race.
If the event starts early morning, you should skip breakfast and you will be fine if you have eaten a nutritious dinner the previous night. If hunger strikes before the race, eat half a banana 15 to 30 mins prior to the race. This will give you energy without causing stomach problems.
2) Hydrate yourself
Hydration helps avoid premature fatigue and muscle cramps. You need to ensure that you are well hydrated 24 hours before the event starts. No need of fancy electrolyte drinks, plain water would be sufficient.
First time runners make the mistake of forgetting to hydrate themselves the previous day and then try to get their quota of water before the event. However, drinking too much water prior to the race will make you stand outside the loo after you reach the 1.5 mile mark!
3) Warm up
Warming up is important. You can do a few minutes of easy jogging, some hard sprints, leg and arm swings. This will prepare you for the race better.
4) Keep a check on your pace
Your excitement can make you run at a pace faster than what you have trained for. However, it is essential to start at a slower pace than what you are capable of. Halfway through, you can try harder if the body feels good. Keep your pace to what is sustainable for the entire race. Don’t have performance pressure. Most people simply walk during their first marathon and it is fine. You can also combine walking and running if that is what can be handled by you. Sustainability is important and doing so will bring a smile on your face.
So, that’s about it! Go ahead and enjoy your running event.
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