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Tips for a Successful Running Event

By Donna Stark

Do you like to run? If you do, have you ever thought about participating in a race? Whether it is an easy 5K for a local charity or a grueling marathon you have been eyeing for months, races are a great way to enjoy your passion on an entirely different level. But you can't just show up for one without taking the necessary precautions. Regardless of skill or physical fitness, there are always a few things you should do to better prepare yourself for those miles ahead. Take a look.

Hydrate Your Body

Did you know most people are walking around completely dehydrated? It's true, and it's the last thing you will want to deal with on race day. It's always important to pay attention to how much water you are consuming but it's even more important during the weeks and days leading up to the event. Aim for the recommended amount every day and educate yourself on the best ways to stay hydrated during a race. This may require some electrolytes and possibly even a controlled amount of sodium, but if you aren't sure how to add those, ask your primary care physician for help.

Fuel Your Body

Just as a car is pushed to the very limit of its capabilities in a race, your body will undergo the same stress. And just as in any motorsport, your body will not make it far without the right fuel. While planning your meals before the race, you should always incorporate three important nutrients: healthy fats, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. Healthy fats will ensure your body is absorbing the vital nutrients it is receiving with your meal. Lean proteins, like chicken and fish, are necessary to make sure your muscles have enough fuel to push you through the race. And complex carbohydrates contain high amounts of nutrients and fiber which will give you all the energy your body requires during your run.

Rest Your Body

Just as your mind will feel groggy when trying to take a test on only a few hours of sleep, your body will feel the same during your race if you don't prioritize your rest. A minimum of seven hours of sleep is the recommended amount of rest you should aim for if you want to find success on the course. For best results, find a way to develop a consistent sleep schedule that you can stick to during the weeks leading up to the race.

Crossing the Finish Line

By following the simple suggestions above, you can look forward to running your best and crossing the finish line a winner, no matter what place you come in at! Good luck during your event and happy running!

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