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Race-day Nutrition Tips for Runners

  1. The week before your event, work on fine-tuning your digestion by stocking up on your key nutrient reserves. If you are worried that you haven’t been as committed to your race-day nutrition the week before, do what you can in the remaining 24 hours before your start time, be diligent about what you eat, and when you eat it.

  2. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! The week before race-day it is important to do what Emma refers to as “hyper-hydrating.” Hydrating with coconut water is recommended to keep the ideal water balance in your cells, and helps you avoid feeling dehydrated on race-day — not to mention a plethora of badly-timed bathroom trips when you’re trying to keep a pace! Emma recommends drinking enough water to equal at least half your body weight in ounces.

  3. Carb-loading is a popular practice among distance runners, and your second-to-last meal before your race-day is the time to do it. When it comes to lunch time the day before your race — go all out. This way your body has plenty of time to digest and assimilate. As Emma says “This is one time when I advocate simple carbs, which require less breakdown to convert to sugars in the body.”

  4. Simple carbs are also recommended again on the morning of your race — you should plan to eat 60 to 90 minutes before your race begins. 

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