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February 2018

Race Prep – hints and tips

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To follow on my diet blog from a few weeks ago and due to the fact my first 10k of 2018 is coming up on the 10th March, this week I’m blogging about “race prep diet” and what I recommend.  Now I only run (relatively) short distances – primarily 5k and 10k’s, so these tips are only for those distances.  I’ve never run a marathon so would highly recommend thorough research on diet and race prep if you’re thinking of doing that.  Right with that caveat out the way…

 

The day before a race…this is when I actually start my “race” prep as before this point, I’m just eating my normal healthy(ish) diet! First off, I totally 100% ensure that I’m hydrated – today of all days I ensure I’ve had my 8 glasses of water – it’s so important for your body to be firing on all cylinders.  Most people have heard about “carb loading” before a run, well I kind of agree but don’t take this too far!  It’s important to get a few extra carbs in the night before a race.  This could be pasta, rice, potato or cereal based carbs  but don’t eat too much.  A normal sized portion is more than enough as carb loading too much or overeating can make you feel bloated and sluggish and that’s the last thing you’d want before a run.  Lean protein alongside the carbs is great – chicken is always my go to as it’s so versatile.  Try and avoid anything too high in fat like cheese sauces, pastry, cream as these can sit heavy on your stomach and can be slower to transit through your system.

 

The day of the race…breakfast is NON-NEGOTIABLE.  You have to eat.  You need energy in your system to burn in order to run at your best.  Eat at least 1 hour before the run is due to start.  Some winning pre-race breakfasts include:

  • Bagel and peanut butter
  • Toast with jam or honey
  • Granola, yoghurt and fruit
  • Porridge

All the above top up the “glycogen levels” which is the stored energy in your muscles which will release slowly during your run.

I team my breakfast with a smoothie – I’ve tried the protein shake route a few times but personally I prefer a scoop or two of the powder in a smoothie rather than in milk.  My fave smoothie is a Joe Wickes (shock horror) one called Fats Me Up Smoothie – it’s got almond milk, yoghurt, blackberries, blueberries, avocado and a little honey in it – it’s amazing!

 

Personally I like to drink a sports drink on the way to the race rather than water for that extra sugar hit.  My favourite is Lucozade Orange (it’s also a fab hangover cure…ha ha) and I will sip probably half a bottle on my way to the run.  I hate needing a wee as it annoys me to stop on the way round (if there’s even the facilities to do so!!) and running needing a wee is just the pits so I tend to limit my drinking until the race is done and then I rehydrate with water (and maybe a few sneeky prosecco’s!!)

 

Anyone got any fab tips to share?  I love hearing everyone’s pre-race hints and rituals…

Running and raising money….This Mum Can Run!

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Fundraising for SANDS – what I’m doing and why

I like to raise money for Charity – it’s my way of giving back and the feeling you get when you have hit your fundraising target it amazing!!  It really does help you run quicker and further!!

For 2018 I decided to get my clients and followers to choose which charity to fundraise for.  It was an extremely tight vote but the charity which won was SANDS – the stillbirth and neonatal death charity – sadly a charity extremely close to too many of us.

If anyone isn’t aware of what they do…“Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby, works in partnership with health professionals to try to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care and funds research that could help to reduce the numbers of babies dying and families devastated by this tragedy”

Sadly 15 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth every day in the UK which is just shocking.  I couldn’t even imagine the horror of this so want to do everything I can to raise money to not only help research to reduce this number but also to help support the families who have to live through the tragedy of losing their little ones.

So what am I doing…

First off – Running – A LOT!!  I’ve currently signed up (or going to sign up to) the following runs:

  1. Arley Hall 10k on the 10th March 2018
  2. Manchester 10k on the 20th May 2018
  3. We Are Manchester 10k on the 8th July 2018
  4. Tough Mudder on the 9th September 2018
  5. Manchester Half Marathon on the 14th October
  6. Tatton 10k – November/December – cant decide which!

 

Secondly – donate a % of my running club profits.  I am going to donate £1 for everyone who signs up to my 5-10k running club for 2018 to the charity

Thirdly – charity events – hopefully 4-5 of them.  My first one is to organise a bleep test for member to take part in! Logistics and everything need to be sorted and I will keep you posted on this, I’ll run some charity runs over the summer with a % of the entry going to Sands and finally I’ll do some other events – any ideas welcome!!

My plan is to get as many people as possible to run for Sands so collectively we can raise a HUGE amount of money for the extremely important work they do and for the research they continue to do into causes and preventions so that hopefully fewer and fewer people have to go through this.  Please let me know if you’d like to be added to the main This Mum Can Page or let me know if you set up your own Just Giving page as I’d love to keep a tally of how much we’ve raised in total.  Obviously I will keep you posted throughout the year on how we’re getting on!

Also, if you have any great fundraising ideas, please get in touch as I’d love to do loads of different things this year…