Reebok Spartan Race READY - Tip Top Training 4
You set aside an hour in the day to train for the Reebok Spartan Race - that's great! - But what are you doing with the rest of your 23 hours - mainly with nutrition? Fitness and nutrition go hand in hand!
I will start off by saying everything I'm going to mention nutrition wise is thanks to years of experimenting while competing in Crossfit and other racing events - it's really about finding out what works for you!
What to Eat Leading Up to the Reebok Spartan Race:
- Keep your meals this week balanced - some protein, some starches, and veggie (hey, kind of like your should be eating all the time!)
- Go for smaller meals with more frequency... set your alarm if you need to.
- It's not uncommon to lose your appetite the morning of a race (nervousness before a race is a good thing - it means that the race means something to you!)
- Race gels or chews are great right before, during, or after your run. But avoid using these IN PLACE of regular nutrition. They contain high levels of simple and complex carbohydrates, as well as caffeine in many instances, and you don't want to face a "crash-and-burn" during the course!
What to Eat After:
- Get fluids, carbs and a bit of protein in you as SOON AS YOU CAN (this doesn't mean 6 beers at the beer garden). Chocolate milk is a great example, its easily digestible carbs replenish energy stores. And it has a good amount of protein to repair damaged muscle tissue.
- Bring along pumpkin, squash, and yams - again easily digestible starchy carbs.
- It's best to stick to whole foods, but if you're using a protein powder make sure it's from whey isolate in its purest form, with little to no sugar.
Pre-Race Day Rest:
- It's great that you've been so focused on your training, but now it's time to taper down to get ready for Saturday. That doesn't mean to sit on the couch this week, but it does mean to enjoy leisurely jogs versus high intensity workouts. Other great options are yoga and pilates to maintain good mobility.
- On the night before the Reebok Spartan Race, be sure to get a good sleep with 8 to 10 hours minimal.
Spaces are filling up for the Vancouver event... if you think you have what it takes to compete, visit SpartanRace.com and sign up today!