**Eat pizza/pasta the night before - I personally follow my diet for breakfast and lunch then eat pizza/pasta for dinner (I don't go too crazy though).
**My brother (an exercise science major) told me his professor said Gatorade and sugary instant oatmeal is the absolute best pre-race meal.
I personally drink a 12 oz bottle of gatorade and eat 2 packets of quaker lower sugar apples and cinnamon instant oatmeal 2-3 hours before the race (the extra sugar may be better, but my weight loss efforts don't need it).
**1-2 days before the race drink lots of water and avoid caffeine, so that your body is properly hydrated.
**Give yourself 1-2 days of rest without working out before the race so that you're fresh.
**PACE YOURSELF!!! Being a part of the opening pack often makes you go out too fast. The adrenaline is insane. I try to start slow with a light jog. Once I'm down to 1-1.5 miles left, I go nuts and leave it all out there. Save the burst for the end. You don't want to be spent at mile 2 and walk across the finish line.
**Get enough sleep
**Tell yourself positive slogans as you run (corny but really works)
-I am an athlete
-I can run like the wind
-I can keep going
-Beer at the finish line
-I believe in myself
just whatever gets you going.
GOOD LUCK!!! You can do it!!
*~Small Steps to ONEderland~*
(1) 235 [X] -- 9/17/14_____________(6) 210 [X]
(2) 230 [X] -- 9/29/14_____________(7) 205 [X]
(3) 225 [X] -- 11/5/14_____________(8) 200 [X]
(4) 220 [X] -- 11/12/14____________(9) 195 [X]
(5) 215 [X] -- 11/19/14___________(10) 190 [X]
"If it's important to you, you will find a way, if not, you’ll find an excuse." - Unknown
Last edited by Scarlett; 11-10-2011 at 10:16 PM.