This is the weekend of races. Nothing stressful though. Tomorrow a bunch of us are dressing up and running the Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run 10K. I’m going to try to run sub-7 minute miles in my HUGE Christmas tree outfit. We’ll see how it goes. I can’t really be disappointed if my branches hold me back 🙂 After the 10K we are skipping, singing and dancing through the 5K. Sunday is the final Girls on the Run 5K in Playa del Rey. It is an untimed event.
I wanted to share a quick pre-race rituals post (although I am not really following them today because this weekend’s runs are more for fun). I started running cross-country when I was 11 years old, so I have had lots of opportunities to learn what I can and cannot eat before a race. In sixth grade I learned that Doritos 5 minutes before a race is a bad idea. I also discovered that being dehydrated before a race made my mouth dry and saliva thick, gross and hard to swallow. If you get this from nerves, chewing gum or sucking on a jolly rancher during the race helps tremendously. I have unfortunately learned that you CAN carbo-load too much. 2 huge servings of lasagna will actually hurt you. Likely mid-race. Here is what I have learned through trial and error works for me the day before and morning of a race.
- Drink more water than usual
- Snack on pretzels for longer races
- Eliminate fibrous vegetables (no big salads or roasted vegetables)
- Stay away from really spicy foods
- MAYBE one beer for some carbs, but generally no alcohol
- Switch to drinking nuun in the evening
- Bigger lunch than usual
- Spaghetti (white pasta) with ground turkey and marinara sauce for dinner (try to eat early and don’t overdo it)
Morning of the Race:
- Small glass of water (too much will make my stomach sloosh)
- Sip on nuun until 30 minutes before the race
- If I have more than 2 hours, half a cup of coffee with Silk French vanilla creamer
- TMI but try to go to the bathroom
- Cinnamon raisin bagel (not whole wheat) with peanut butter and jelly. Mini-bagel with butter and jelly if it is a short race. Just a banana for 5K.
What are your pre-race nutrition & hydration rituals?