feelin-great wrote:Last week weight - 151.6
Current weight - 150.0
Total Weight Loss - 14.0 lbs
REALLY?!?!?!? OK, I am happy with a 1.6 pound loss (extremely happy!) but come on, it couldn't at least have hit BELOW 150 - so close!!!!
You want to have a small meal about 2 hrs. before race time. But if that isn't possible, try to be finished eating no later than 1 hr. before race time. At least 80 percent of the calories you consume in your pre-race meal should come from carbohydrates.feelin-great wrote:the race is at 8:00 am. I don't even know what to do for eating that morning - what time should I plan on eating?
You won't be. I have a feeling you will surprise yourself. You will have alot of adrenaline going, plus the energy of all the runners around you, PLUS you've been running really well. Just concentrate on finding your zone, "feel" your pace, run hard enough to be uncomfortable, but at the same time able to maintain the pace. Downhills you want to relax into the hill, let your body weight carry you and naturally speed up. Uphills, concentrate on pumping your arms (but not too much - don't waste energy), maintain the same effort. Some people say "attack a hill, rest on the downhill" but I like to do the opposite, I like to conserve energy, maintain the same effort, going up a hill, then let loose and fly down the hill.feelin-great wrote:But now I have decided I want to run it. I have never done one before. I am so terrified of being the last one to cross the finish line!!!
fitoverforty wrote:On your breathing - some people say "breath in thru the nose, out thru the mouth" - I say forget that!! When you are pushing your body hard, you breath however you need to get the most air in to your muscles as possible. I probably sound like a freaking freight train when I'm racing (I've had "looks" from people.... )
Perfect!feelin-great wrote:OK, I will take Friday off. Maybe I can squeeze in a run tonight then
You won't be, but even if you were just remember you had the courage to get out there and give it your best shot, you put one in foot in front of the other, and ran the same distance as the 1st person to cross the finish line, so that's makes you a "winner" too. I have ran so many races that I've learned that in one single race, there is more going on than just fighting for a age group medal. I've watched grown women suddenly race to the death on the last 25 yards to beat who ever is in front of them - none of them were going to win a medal, but when you see that finish line and someone challenges you for those last few yards, time and time again I have seen normal, everyday people (like you and me) become running warriors racing for all they are worth - it never fails to inspire me. I've seen friends look back and see their friend struggling and go back and help them finish. At my last race I had a running friend who had already finished, come down to the last turn and when he saw me, he began to run beside me, telling me to run strong, almost there, you got this, let's go, let's go, push!! And when I came around the corner he dropped back and I ran like I've never ran before! He didn't have to do that, but it meant so much to me. So just remember on race day if you show up, do your best, then you have won.feelin-great wrote:I am scared I will be dead last
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