I'm pretty much with the others. Pre-HM I taper for a couple of weeks. I do try to make sure I'm well hydrated the day before the HM, and I do take on the road nutrition, Gu or Gel, or Shot Blox, that I use at about mile 8. I try to make dinner the night before "not too heavy" but carb-laden.
You might need more on the road nutrition, since you are a faster runner than I, probably using more calories.
You'll find what works for you... some of what I do, I found out "accidentally".
Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!
Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010 Moved maintenance center to 120 on December 21, 2014
For anything up to half-marathon I have not found the need to eat anything different. I will put an electrolyte tablet in my water (nuun brand) and they help. I also eat something a little more salty (sea salt that has minerals) on the morning of the race to keep my body from dumping potassium or too much water. For a half marathon I taper the last two weeks, mostly the last two weeks, with only a few miles two days before the race. Below that I don't worry too much and go by what feels good. Birgit
You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.
Body Fat %: 16.0
Fitness Minutes: (46,286) Posts: 4,493 9/24/13 8:04 A
It really depends upon the length of the race. For a 5K, I don't really do anything different than any other day except if it is VERY hot and then I try to hydrate more. For a 10K, I'll add a few more carbs at breakfast, 2 hours or so before the race. For distance races (half-marathon), I up my carbs for the two to three days prior and on race morning and extra hydration. I don't try to eat too much extra that morning since it really won't process through in time to be used for energy for the race, but I DO take a gel just before the start and then another gel every 45 mins or so of running time. So far as movement or fitness the day before, I do some extra GENTLE stretching and a good walk - for a couple to few miles.
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.