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Running 26.2 miles take a lot of energy, perseverance, stamina and training. However,if you are not fueled properly with the right nutrients, it will make the marathon course seem much longer and more challenging.
Endurance athletes and long distance runners know the importance of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, especially when they are preparing for a big race. The proper meal planning plays a big part in successfully completing a marathon, especially if you’re trying to do so in a certain amount of time. It’s no secret that consuming tons of fats and sugars will slow you down mentally and physically whereas lean meats, fruits and veggies give you what you need to push yourself throughout your training time frame and the race itself. Eating well will also help stave off sore muscles during the marathon.
“The best pre-marathon foods are those that are rich in carbohydrates, protein and good fats. Food choices vary by personal preference and taste,” Dr. Felicia Stoler, a New Jersey-based nutritionist and exercise physiologist who wrote “Living Skinny in Fat Genes: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great,” told Competitor.
In the days leading up to your marathon, it’s important not to introduce any new foods into your diet as you don’t know how your stomach and body will react. Additionally, the day before your race, you’ll want to carb-load in order to have sufficient fuel sources to power you through all 26.2 miles.
Here are some excellent pre-marathon food options:
In addition to eating well before your marathon, you can give yourself a deep tissue massage to work out any knots or kinks in your lower body muscles, which will help prevent injuries during and after your run.
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Living a healthy lifestyle takes commitment and focus. It’s easy to be swayed off course by cravings, sweets cravings and fatty foods, but you know that these will deter you from your goals. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, enhance your endurance, run a marathon or get stronger, eating a balanced, nutritious diet is a must.
Even so, late night snacks are hard to resist sometimes, and if your stomach is rumbling before hitting the hay, you may reach to something quick and easy. Instead of just grabbing whatever is closest at hand, try these nighttime snacks that won’t derail your good eating habits:
Is your daily routine negatively impacted by that relentless ache in your lower back? Can you feel it throbbing for attention as you read this? You’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, around 80% of adults suffer from lower back pain at some point in their life.
A century bike ride will take you 100 miles, and it will certainly test your mental and physical prowess. This may seem like a lofty goal, but it’s certainly an achievable one that many endurance cyclists aspire to complete.
Being able to bike 100 miles requires serious commitment, dedication, planning and training. Once you decide to take part in a century ride, you need to starting working at least eight weeks beforehand to prepare your mind and body for the challenge ahead. Your training program should consist of long and short rides as well as intervals of different speeds, resistance levels, terrain and hills. It’s also a good idea to cross training with weight lifting to strengthen your muscles and exercises such as Pilates that provide stretching and improve posture.
Another key component is nutrition. Your body won’t be able to last long if it is not being fueled properly. Even slight dehydration can completely zap your energy levels and cause sore musclesand cramps. If this does happen, giving your muscles a massage can help. Additionally, eating the right amount of carbohydrates and fats is needed to fuel your muscles and provide you with the nutrients to keep you going mile after mile. You’ll certainly want to pack snacks to stop and eat during your ride to replenish fuel sources, curb hunger pangs and boost energy. Remember not to pack any foods that are too heavy or hard to transport. A muffin may sound delicious, but it can be messy to eat. Also, be sure not to try any new foods in case it affects your stomach negatively and you have to stop mid-race.
Here are some tasty, helpful snack options to pack for your century ride: