AN ARTICLE FROM COMPETITOR.COM BY MARIO FRAIOLI has been added to the bottom of the RESOURCES page section HYDRATION AND NUTRITION. It’s “ Don’t Sweat It: Marathon Nutrition Made Simple”. It makes the point that most races that are completed in about 2 hours or less don’t require too much attention to nutrition taken in during the actual race. Depending on your individual pace, this could include a half marathon. If you are planning to run a half soon, and following the EarnedRuns ON TO A HALF MARATHON training plan, you will have a long run of 13.5 miles at the end of this week.
If you have not taken in any “fuel” on a run but plan to in your race, this would be your last chance to trial the goodies under nearly race conditions. I don’t personally take in much extra energy during such a race; only about 3-4 gummy chews or 2-3 Twizzlers (cut up into small bites), if anything, and water. The discussion in this article is good information for half marathon participants to read, mostly to be reassured that there isn’t too much you need to worry about taking in. If you DO WORRY, and want to be prepared just in case you should need something in your upcoming race, plan to try it this week.
Those of you running an organized race should check out the information provided on the race website as to what and where fluids and fuels (mostly this will be carbohydrate drinks in cups if the race is giving to runners) will be available. Remember that you might not need as much as you think you’ll require. Another link from Runner’s World on the RESOURCES page section HYDRATION AND NUTRITION discusses this “Carbs On The Run” by Carol Bowen Shea.
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