Whether you’re training for a race early next year or between seasons, it’s important to eat well and maintain a healthy weight to make progress toward your 2017 running goals. I’m sharing a few of my favorite proven strategies for staying race-ready while still enjoying the holiday season.
The holidays are here, and the calendar is loaded with a slew of fun seasonal races, from turkey trots to ugly sweater 5Ks to Christmas light runs and more! As a health coach who supports active men, women and families, I’m sharing the most commonly asked questions regarding what to eat before, during and after a holiday 5K.
Runs during the fall and winter seasons require a little more planning that those effortless summer runs when you can simply roll out of bed and throw on shorts and a tank. If you are a year-round runner, you are bound to fall prey to some early morning or late evening runs in the dark. Make sure to follow these extra steps to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable run from the moment you take your first stride.
Two weeks before heading to Chicago I was contemplating deferring my race entry until next year. Could I really run a full marathon with such little training without seriously hurting myself? By this point I wasn’t thinking about time – I just wanted to finish safely, even if that meant run-walking. So, I decided to focus on the things that I COULD control at this point: I logged one last ditch effort 16 mile run, met with a nutritional/run coach, and made sure I was running at least 5 miles a few days a week in between my barre classes.
Congratulations! You just crossed the finish line of a long distance race. Maybe it's a 10K, half or full marathon or even an ultra marathon. You receive your medal and a water bottle from race volunteers as you try to remain in an upright position. Before you enjoy the post-race festivities, you'll want to collect your gear-check bag. Inside, there are a few items you will thank yourself for packing.
Besides the obvious running necessities (think running shoes and apparel) there are a few last minute items that may make your long distance race a more enjoyable experience. The more comfortable you are, the more fun and success you’ll have between the time you stand behind the starting line and sprint across the finish line.
You’ve been training for October 15 for weeks and months and now the Baltimore Running Festival is just days away! You can’t get any faster or gain more endurance this week, but the food you eat can go a long way toward a successful race. Below you will find strategies for eating well this week to get ready for each of the distances that make up the festival: