Another Newbie!

Just wanted to say hi!

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29/07/2008 at 22:07


 I am also another newbie at this running if someone would of said to me in my teens i would be running for fun i would of laughed in there face - and here i am!

 I have joined the local running club which i really enjoy and have my 2nd 10k race tomorrow (i call it a race - more like walking backwards for me!).  My first 10k was last month and i did it in least i have something to compare too now!

Now i do have a race tomorrow is at 730pm - what do i eat throughout the day and do i eat anything before the race?  I know I am not doing a marathon but start small and work-up!

29/07/2008 at 22:37

Hi Beanie3

Well done you on your races - great start!

As for eating during the day, I found it was a case of trial and error to find out what works and everyone you ask will tell you something different. For me a pasta or rice salad at lunchtime and then something like a bagel or a crumpet with honey on at about 5pm gives me a brilliant energy boost. I can't eat any closer to a run or I get a stitch but a friend swears by a banana half an hour before a race. Like I say, it's trial and error really! The most important thing, especially in this heat, is to keep your fluids up.

Good luck!

30/07/2008 at 08:56
Welcome Beanie, sounds like you are making great progress already.
30/07/2008 at 09:02


 I have my first evening race this week, every other race I have done has been early.

I am going to try and follow a similar routine to my early races, so I am going to have a normal lunch, then have a bowl of porridge 3 hours before the race, as I would on an early race,  and see how that goes.

30/07/2008 at 09:58

Hi Beanie

Just make sure that you are not feeling bloated.

Good luck with the race. Come back and tell us how it went.

30/07/2008 at 12:34
Good luck with your races everyone, make sure you come back and tell us how it goes.
30/07/2008 at 12:40

I'm doing my first 5 km run tonight at 7.00pm

I have got the banana ready before the race, only question is what time to eat.

How long will it take to enter the system to provide that boost 

30/07/2008 at 14:57

Hi Andy

I would have thought that you would be better saving it for after the race.

A couple of glucose tablets immediately before is probably more suitable for 5k.

Don't go off too fast. Do have a drink just before the start. And - Enjoy the race.

30/07/2008 at 16:55

Cheers Big Dave,

Will get some glucose tablets before the race

 Let you all know how I got on tomorrow

30/07/2008 at 17:39

Danowat - i know you are fairly local to me as you did the humpty dumpty - or you doing broome tonight?  If so i will see you there!

Had pasta for lunch gonna have a couple of bananas an hour before the race and see how that goes.....I am very nervous as its hot and i know i am gonna be last!

30/07/2008 at 17:40

Oh by the way thanks for all your eating tips and best wishes i will let you all know how i do!

Andy Jones good luck on your 5k

30/07/2008 at 21:59

Okay - finished in 67 mins again - well hell i am consistent!

 Note to brain - do not eat that banana so close to the run - not good.......serious cramp......

30/07/2008 at 22:07

Too near especially if you eat the whole banana. Start one an hour before the race and take a bite every 5 - 10 minutes, that willbe better and you will avoid cramps

31/07/2008 at 08:54

Well I managed to finish the 5 km in 28 mins 45 Secs, got the appetite for more now.

 How long would it be best to leave before going running again and when to do the next race

31/07/2008 at 17:37

Hi Andy

Congratulations on your race.

Rest for a couple of days.

Then get back into training.

When you have good basic stamina - You should be able to do 5ks at the rate of about 1 per week
But this is not the best recipe for achieving your best times.

Work on the stamina first.

31/07/2008 at 20:01

Good for you Andy - thats great time.

31/07/2008 at 21:01

Hi Big Dave

How's the best way to build up my stamina

Would joining a local running club help to set goals and run in a group.

I always run on my own at the present but still dedicated 

31/07/2008 at 22:35

Check out your local clubs.

I would expect that most will let you have one free go (mine does)

Stamina - gradually increase weekly mileage and particularly the length of your LSR.

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