It has been a whole since I have shared some of my favourite things, and since Half Marathon number three is just a couple days away I thought I would share my favourite things for race day!
Let’s start with hydration because we all know how important that is!!
1. NUUN is my all time favourite go to for hydration. It is packed with so much goodness, and is easy on my stomach. Each tablet contains:
- sodium: 360 mg
- potassium: 100 mg
- magnesium: 25 mg
- calcium: 13 mg
- vitamin c: 38 mg
- 10 calories
- 1 g of sugar
other ingredients include:
- plant based sweetener monk fruit and a touch of stevia leaf extract to provide a crisp and light sweetness
- non-gmo sourced dextrose to increase the speed of absorption and hydrate you faster
- avocado oil for clean, plant-based production
I have recently been adding Plus for NUUNCit to my drinks, for faster nutrient absorption and better performance, I could really tell the difference. My body tends to metabolize faster, and even for shorter runs I need to fuel more, so I don’t get light headed.
2. Pre-Race Snack
I did not do this my first race, and found that my peanut butter toast and banana first thing in the morning was not enough to keep me going to my first “gel”. Then enter in Honey Stinger Waffles. Game changer. These remind me of my childhood and stroopwafels. Light snack, easy on my stomach, and helps get me through the first part of my race.
3.Gels- I have tried a lot, and a lot of different brands, and chews. As someone who never suffered from heartburn, and limited gut issues, running and racing changed thats (Sorry running you are not all rainbows and unicorns). The key is trial and error during training to find what works for you and your gut.
My go to currently is Salted Watermelon Gus: my stomach tolerates them, they taste ALOT better then other gels on the market IMO, so I am sticking to it.
4. Post Race-
After a race my body craves two things, salt and citrus. So I head straight for the oranges and chips if they have them. Thankfully Halloween just happened and I have bags upon bags of chips. It is the perfect size for post race and gives my body what its asking for. I will normally wash it down with some NUUN. My stomach is typically not ready to eat for a couple hours, but then, watch out because I need to eat. all.of.the.foods.
Race Day wear is so important, I have tried out my outfit on my long runs, and am sticking to my favourite shorts and team jersey, mixed with my pro compression socks, and shoes. Stick to what works for you, and don’t trade in anything new on race day.
I also wear a throw away sweater for start of the race, until I warm up, and then have my favourite shirt to change into afterwards.
No matter how race day goes, I like to have the reminder that I AM STRONG. You can head over to sheisclothing to grab your own!! These products are so comfy, and well made, I have an ever growing collection. use code rachel10 to get a 10% off discount! And wear it with pride!!
Hope you all have a great weekend! I will be continuing to carb-load, and get race ready! HAPPY RACING to everyone getting out there this weekend too!!!