Hot Chocolate Pre-Race Preparation
Leading up to race day, it’s so important to prepare your things, and more importantly, yourself! It’s definitely a process and you want to make sure that you have everything you’ll need prior to your race! One race ritual that I like to do is to lay out everything on the floor and make my #FlatRunner as Instagrammers call it. This helps visualize everything you’re going to wear and have on you!
With the forecast of 30 degrees at the start of the race (brrrr!), I’m planning to wear the following:
- Two base layers (not pictured) made of Merino wool. Sweat wicking and comfortable!
- T-shirt “will run for Chocolate” I bought from the Hot Chocolate Expo
- Balega socks
- Hot Chocolate buff to keep my face and ears warm pre-race! I can always wear it around my neck once I get warm.
- Long pants from Lululemon : Run Pace tight
- Tiffany Blue Lululemon Forme Jacket
- Looking at the image above, I actually forgot to add my Clif Shot Bloks and Garmin Forerunner 220!
It’s so important to make sure your tank is full prior to a race! My favorite carbs to eat are bagel with peanut butter, chocolate milk, and Filipino style spaghetti (slightly sweetened). I also found this article from Runner’s World that recommends the list below. It’s amazing how carb loading starts as early as 6 weeks before race day! Race smart, race happy!
6 WEEKS BEFORE: Practice loading
Two or three days prior to your longest run, start eating more carbs and less fat and protein. “You’ll get a sense of what foods agree and disagree with your stomach,” says Katz.
1 WEEK BEFORE: Make a plan
“A plan is especially important if you’re traveling to a race,” says Ryan. Pack plenty of snacks, like sports bars, pretzels, and crackers. Check menus online and make restaurant reservations.
2 OR 3 DAYS BEFORE: Switch to carbs
From now through your race, 85 to 95 percent of your diet should be carbs. Eat after taper runs. “That is when muscles are primed to store glycogen,” says Rapoport.
NIGHT BEFORE: Don’t stuff yourself
Dinner should be relatively small but carb-heavy. Eat on the early side so you have lots of time to digest.
“You want to wake up race day hungry—not full from the night before,” says Ryan.
RACE MORNING: Have breakfast
Three hours before the start, eat 150 grams of carbs, like a bagel and yogurt or sports drink and oatmeal, says Ryan. Early race? “Get up at 3 a.m., eat, and go back to bed,” she says.
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