When preparing for a big race, meal planning is a must! The morning of your race you want to feel well trained and well fueled. Here are simple tips for using nutrition to improve your race day. We call it Race Day Nutrition!
The morning of your race you should choose foods that are routine on training days so you know how your body will respond to them. This allows you to avoid the possibility of digestive distress.
It is beneficial for your breakfast to include a complex carbohydrate and protein to provide you with adequate energy throughout the race.
You should eat your breakfast 2-3 hours before the race. With this amount of time, you will be able to eat slowly allowing your food to settle.
Consume approximately 16 oz. of water 1-2 hours before the race. This is just enough water to keep you hydrated without leaving you bloated.
Why wait until New Year’s to begin your running resolution?
As summer begins to wind down and kids return to school, new fall routines are being established. This is the perfect opportunity to get back to a consistent running schedule and to begin your running resolution.
Sometimes it is hard to get the motivation to do this after a long break. That’s why finding a local running group can be a fun and helpful way to achieve your goals for the coming year. There are several running groups in the New Orleans area that meet in different locations and times throughout the city.
In addition to location and time variety, each group also has participants of varying running capabilities, so you will always have a partner to share the journey. I have listed names and links to some of my favorites. Find the one that works the best for you and get running! Don’t wait until January to start your running resolution!
5:20 Club: Wednesday/Saturday morning at 5:20(sharp). Corner of Harrison Ave. and Marconi Ave.
If you are looking to run with a greater purpose than just fitness….
My favorite local fundraising running group is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training www.teamintraining.org . They are currently gearing up for the fall training season. Below is a list of information meetings if you would like to learn more about them.
UPCOMING INFO MEETINGS:
MANDEVILLE – Thursday, August 14, 5:30 p.m.: The Barley Oak, 2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, LA 70448
BATON ROUGE – Tuesday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.: Happy’s Running Club, 136 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
BATON ROUGE – Thursday, August 21, 5:30 p.m.: Pelican House, 2572 Citiplace Ct, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
NEW ORLEANS – Tuesday, August 26, 5:30 p.m.: The Bulldog Mid City, 5135 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124
DESTREHAN – Saturday, September 6, 9:30 a.m.: NDurance Fitness at Hill Heights, 312 Murray Hill Dr., Destrehan, LA 70047