Eat, rest and re­lax - your last minute ad­vice!

Grocott's Mail - - GBS MUTUAL BANK MOUNTAIN DRIVE HALF MARATHON -

It’s the day be­fore the big race, maybe even your first half­marathon. It’s okay to feel ner­vous and de­mo­ti­vated, it hap­pens to all of us. Lucky for you, to­day is full of food, rest and re­lax­ation. Be­cause you will be run­ning 21.1km, you need to make sure your body is fu­elled up for a suc­cess­ful race.

That means carbs, carbs and more carbs. You will want to in­crease your calo­rie in­take for the day to keep you go­ing through the race to­mor­row. Make sure your meals are packed with good carbs, pro­tein, veg­eta­bles and fruit.

Though it is tempt­ing to in­dulge in breads and pas­tas, try to keep the gluten to a min­i­mum. Go for some sweet pota­toes, brown rice or other

Kathryn Cleary

whole grains. Dried fruit and nuts are also a smart idea.

My go-to din­ner be­fore a long run (any­thing more than 15km) is gluten-free pasta with some roasted veg­eta­bles, gar­lic, chilli and fresh basil. I also steal some of that dark choco­late I’ve hid­den away in my cup­board.

Af­ter a good din­ner, a quick mus­cle mas­sage is not a bad idea. Take some warm co­conut oil and mas­sage your legs or other sore mus­cles, this will help you for the race. After­wards, be sure to get plenty of rest.

Get to bed early, and try not to stress. Ev­ery race should be a fun ex­pe­ri­ence, and re­mem­ber, it’s not about how you start, it’s about cross­ing that fin­ish line.

Photo: Stephen Kis­bey­green

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