Just wondered what advice anyone could give on lead up (days/weeks before) to 10K (2 weeks time) and half marathon (Sept), in terms of food/exercise...do I run day before race, what should I be eating day before/morning of race etc?
Any suggestions warmly welcomed
Drink plenty for a couple of days before to make sure you are hydrated. I do make sure I have lots of carbs the day before for both distances and I make a big batch of scotch pancakes and eat them for supper the day before and breakfast on race morning. Then a banana just before the start.
Make sure you try anything new in training first - don't leave it til race day.
What about energy drinks, bars, gels etc? Have you considered/tried them and, if you have tried them, do they make any difference?
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I don't do anything special for a 10k. I don't cycle to and from work a day or two before a half. I certainly back down the training the week before but I'll still swim though carry my legs more than usual.Staying hydrated is important. I wouldn't carb load for either distance.
10K - ease up on training a bit a week before, don't run the day before.
Half mara - ease up on training 2weeks before, don't run at all for two days prior.
Hydration is the most important thing, make sure you drink plenty in the 1-2 days prior to the event. Food-wise - carb up a bit for the half, but don't worry too much about the 10K. You'll have plenty of glygogen in your muscles for that. Make sure you have tried your pre-race breakfast several times so that you know that you're eating stuff that doesn't upset your stomach when you're running!
No doubt 10k are awesome for beginners and experienced runners. I have done my share of 10k in the last few years, and yes hydration is a major factor for this event. I personally would like to add that stretching is as important to avoid any injuries. I would highly recommend 20min of stretching everyday 2wks prior to the race.
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