Tomorrow, we run our first 8 mile run. Ever. Both of us are going out of town for the weekend, and I know I will NOT run that while I’m relaxing with my friends.
That being said, we are meeting at 4:30am to do this, so we can knock it out of the way. I’m nervous, but we are about 5 weeks away from the River City Half Marathon.
Because I’m so new at this…not the running, but the keeping track of every mile, etc., (I don’t own a Garmin), I’m sort of clueless on the kind of food that I need so that I won’t, you know…lose it while I’m running. Here are my questions:
- What do you eat the night before you run?
- Do you “cleanse” your body before the race?
- How often to you hydrate during the run?
- Do you Gu? And, when…during the race?
- What do you eat the morning of the run?
I have this terrible habit of thinking “I have to go…” during any run. I’m awfully nervous when we have a planned run in the country…and yeah, I’ve done that in an almond field when I really had no other option.
So, I’m asking for nutrition advice today. I woke up in the middle of the night last night doing the 8 miles in my head.
Our route takes us over the freeway, to the County Club, past our *namesake* park, to Flying J, and Starbucks #1. We go back over the freeway, down Main, past Starbucks #2, down by the Community Park and almost home.
I’m anticipating an 1:45 time. I’m just not fast. But, I so want to finish this, and do the Half. I am so worried that I’ll give up again!!!
Thanks for your help!
PS-The great State of California did not take away my Driver’s License, but I am, for the first time in my 50 years, on Probation for a year. There’s a first time for everything, I guess.