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5/10/12 8:55 P

Well done!

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5/10/12 6:56 P

Thankyou Drangonchilde . My new goal is to do a 8K race June 2, 2012.

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5/10/12 6:53 P

That is wonderful! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

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5/10/12 5:58 P

I did it, I Ran my first 5K. I did it is 42. 51 mins slow but I ran every step. Thanks everyone for your help.
My Goal now is to do a 8 K in June.

I am so Hooked!!!!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,233
5/4/12 1:30 A

The body has enough reserves to comfortably handle the demands of a 5K race. It is really only half and full marathon distances that really require special preparation.

I agree with having a normal breakfast at least an hour beforehand - avoids the 'cannonball' effect.

Having a couple of glasses of water an hour beforehand should also ensure that you are well hydrated, while giving your body sufficient opportunity to ...umm, get rid of any excess.

It's probably more important to rehydrate afterwards, than before a 5K race.

M@L

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5/3/12 10:47 P

You could do a practice 5k tomorrow (friday) so that you feel more comfortable with just drinking water to thirst the day of...you may even find that you don't really feel that thirsty for a 5k distance (I'm assuming it's not hot yet where you are). They ought to have water stations along the race path so you shouldn't have to worry about going without.

Remember, a 5k is suppose to be more of a fun run so don't stress too much over it.

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5/3/12 10:30 P

NEWSWEETBREEZES,

Overhydration is more of a concern than dehydration. I recommend for my runners to drink to thirst. In other words, do not feel the need to push fluids which can flood the blood and cause a dangerous drop in electrolytes, especially sodium. If your urine is a lemonade shade, you should be fine.

Take Care!

Coach Nancy

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5/3/12 9:29 P

Thanks Nancy I will eat what I normally eats but I will also take your advice and I will fudge too much on calories. Well not to much I do want to be able to move LOL!!!

What about drinking water how much night before? How long before the race? How much do I drink? I don't want to end up needing to pee during the race .



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5/3/12 7:48 P

Hi NEWSWEETBREEZES,

Eat the foods that you have eaten the night before your runs. Now is not the time to try anything new. You do not have to worry about carbo-loading for this distance, but do fudge too much on calories.

HAVE FUN! RUN SPARK STRONG!

Coach Nancy

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5/3/12 7:36 P

The pre-race carbo loading (what you have heard of the pasta thing) isn't something you'll need to do for a 5k. If you want pasta, eat it, but don't go overboard or eat something you normally wouldn't.

The distance is pretty short, and you shouldn't need any special nutrition, other than what you normally do. I would recommend a good breakfast no sooner than an hour beforehand to make sure your blood sugar behaves, but you don't need to do anything special.

Don't worry about overhydrating; drink to thirst beforehand, and don't be afraid to stop at water stations, and enjoy yourself!

Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/3/2012 (19:36)
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5/3/12 7:29 P

I am Happy and Contented that I completed Week 8 Day 2 and 4.5 KMs today in 41 mins !!!!

I will do Week 8 Day 3 when I do my first 5 K Organized Run this Sunday May 6, 2012.

I have heard that the night before the race you should eat a combination of pasta and protein. What do you think? What do I eat for breakfast and how soon before the race should I eat breakfast.

Also what about water how to I make sure I hydrate myself before the race when do I drink and when do I stop ? I am afraid that I will drink to much and want to pee myself and hurt because I need to pee!!! LOL!! I am sure I not the FIRST ONE TO ASK THIS QUESTION!!! LOL!!


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