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9/18/15 10:14 A

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Personally, I found the carbing up concept is what you eat 48-72 hours before a race. Tomorrow I'm doing a 25K bike race. Yesterday I had a couple of slices of thin crust pizza. This morning I had a light breakfast. I will have a sandwich thin with no more tha 2 oz of ham & 1 slice of low fat cheese. This evening, I hit a 3.5 oz serving of chicken for protein and veggies. All through the day, I drink my water (min 64oz)

Eat light, it's a 5K, and you don't want to have that full or bloated feeling. If you run with a bottle of water or energy drink, that's cool. Take little sips when you feel the need. Use that water stop when you get to it for a short breather then focus on your finish. Here's something for you to read and an example of my pre-25K bike tomorrow.


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Tomorrow, when I get up about 2.5 hours before my race, I will have a sandwich thin with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and a teaspoon of honey, a n 8 oz glass of 1% milk.

1 hour before my race or Tri, I will drink 8oz of a 20oz bottle of Maxim Hypotonic Sports Drink. It "contains a unique blend of carbohydrates and essential vitamins and minerals to help your body maintain fluid balance, glycogen stores and electrolytes when you’re going your hardest."

About 20 minutes into my ride or when I come out T1 of my Bike, I will start to drink the remainder.

I have I haven't confused you. We all prep in different ways. No matter what, remember to hydrate! After your 5K, recarb reasonably. You don't have to go and eat a whole pizza. Remember portion control, and once again, rehydrate.

Test what works for you when you go out in training. My training runs are always 5K minimally. I know what to do. I also extend it slightly when I do a 10K. My half marathons are another story. That involves quick acting gels or protein bars during a race.

Thanks for posting.

9/10/15 9:30 P

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I am getting close to running my first 5K. What would be the best strategy leading up to the race? Specifically, what kind of breakfast the day of the race and what to have for dinner the night before.

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