My team is 3 weeks shy of the Flushing 13.1 half marathon in, you guessed it, Flushing, Queens. For 99% of them, this is their first half marathon. I am so excited to see them all toe the starting line in 3 Saturdays.
This weekend marks their last long run with 12miles to be logged in Central Park. I have counseled them on practice makes perfect. Meaning, this week, practice as if it were race week. Get your sleep, hydrate well and practice good nutrition. Especially important is the dinner you choose 48 hours before a half or full marathon. While the night before the race is also extremely important in terms of eating the ‘usual’ suspects… forty-eight hours before an event is THE most important regarding nutrition and sleep.
The reason for 48 hours is that it gives your muscles then time they need to become fully loaded with energy or carbs.
Also, in terms of sleep, the night before a half or full you will be jittery, nervous and probably have a tough time sleeping. If you got sleep two nights before, you have the confidence that, indeed you are rested as your body will rely on that sleep two nights before for your race.
In fact, the times I have literally gotten no sleep before a marathon, have been my best races–so you can take that to the bank.
There is a reason we hear that overused phrase of ‘practice makes perfect!’ So, to all my runners out there–practice like it’s race day and you will have more confidence going into the actual event!
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