I ran my first half in November of '09. I didn't really even train for it. It was a last minute decision. I felt pretty good the whole race, kept a steady 10min mile pace. I didn't "waste" time at the food or drink stations(huge mistake). My legs didn't start to feel heavy until about mile 11. My goal was just to finish. I told hubby to start looking for me to finish in about 2hrs 20 mins. Much to my suprise I finished 2hrs 11 mins. I was very proud of myself and I felt physically pretty good. By the time I got home, I felt like I had just come off a 3 day bender and had the hang-over from Hades!! It was horrible! I went straight to bed to try and sleep it off. I found out later it was because I let myself get dehydrated. It took me a couple days to fully recover.
Thankfully that is behind me, I have spent the last few months reading about proper hydration and nutrition for halfs. Starting with light carb loading 48 hours out. Carb loading is something I have NEVER had a problem with.
Matt Fitzgerald writes a lot of articles for Runner's World, and he wrote a fantastic article about the 48hrs pre-race, it is posted on the website for the R&R Half. Click HERE to read it. This time I am prepared. I know exactly when to drink and when not too. I will be armed with knowledge and Tri-Berry GU!
•I'm wearing my running shoes and my favorite sports bra on the plane, just in case my luggage doesn't arrive when I do. Everything else can be replaced.
Have a happy Thursday! The next time I post, it will be from warm and sunny AZ!
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I want to know:
How do you prepare the 48hrs before a big race?
Grace and peace,