|An important part of racing is not only preparing your body but preparing your mind as well. If you're not excited or at least aware of an upcoming race, you might not do as well as the runner who's ready to tackle the race head on; A couple days of before the race, begin thinking about how you are going to run it, your strategy. By going over this a couple of times you will be ready for the race when it comes without having to think about it all at once at the starting line. The night before your race it might help to visualize it. What is this? Picture yourself running the race in your head.||
Pre-race nutrition is of course important. First of all don't eat any foods
during the days preceding your race that you don't normally eat. For example
your best friend's chocolate-chip-peanut-butter-surprise cookies. You
might want to save those for AFTER the race! :) |
If your race is away, it can be hard to stick to your normal routine. A good way to make sure that you will be getting the foods you need is to pack them! Pack non- perishables such as sports bars, sports drinks, granola bars or cereal. The day before a race, rest, eat (no overstuffing!) and drink lots of fluids. The meal the night before should be high in carbo's and low in fat and protein. This is why pasta makes a good pre-race dinner.
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