Echoing what the others have already stated - I eat normally, but make a point to make sure I am hydrated and that I don't have a spicy meal the night before. Other than that I just take it all in stride (no pun intended). Have a great race!
I still eat within my calorie range during that week (though I stay at the high end) and I watch my carb so that within those calories I'm taking in a decent amount of carb (though I do that during training too). I don't eat anything new or different during that week. And the day before the race I eat normally and conservatively (nothing that I think would upset my gut). I stay well hydrated (like normal) too.
So I agree to stick with what you have been doing since that is what your body knows. It has obviously been working well for you before your long runs.
Just make sure and fuel before the race as normal. Don't feel so nervous that you don't eat or whatever. You will definitely need that fuel!
I put my 2 cents worth in on the Jeff Galloway team page where you asked - but I'll share the basics here again -
Eat as normally as possible this week, up until the day before the race. You can add a few extra starchy carbs (rice, pasta (plain), and plain breads) in moderation that day before, but you don't need to go crazy.
Stick with the consumables plan that you've been testing on your long runs in training, and you'll do great.
Avoid that fiber the day before - to avoid GI issues.
Good luck, and have a great time!
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I don't think you need to bump it up if you are running less, which you should be doing during this tapering period.
I personally am careful not to skimp the week before, though, even though my running is significantly less. Also, I make sure to stay really well hydrated, especially the days leading up to my race. And I avoid high fiber, spicy food for a few days before too, even cut back on high fiber fruit, and eat the taboo white bread/white rice instead of whole wheat. I am prone to gastric distress during long runs, so I have to be uber careful! It works for me :).
Hi all, I am running my first half marathon this weekend and am wondering about how I should be eating. I typically follow my SP plan which recommends 1400-1700 calories per day based on a plan for weight loss and considering my current amount of exercise. I am wondering if I should be bumping my caloric intake up for this week. Any advice is appreciated.
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