Just wanted to say hi!
I am also another newbie at this running lark.....now 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 67mins......at least i have something to compare too now!
Now i do have a question.....my 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!
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.
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.
Just make sure that you are not feeling bloated.
Good luck with the race. Come back and tell us how it went.
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
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.
Cheers Big Dave,
Will get some glucose tablets before the race
Let you all know how I got on tomorrow
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!
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
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......
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
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
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.
Good for you Andy - thats great time.
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
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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