Gearing up for a race
Go Faster Food fuelling tips
The Week Before
What you eat during your training diet can really help your overall performance but you really need to take extra care during the run-up to the race if you want to maximise your performance and your enjoyment of the race, especially if you are planning a half-marathon, triathlon or marathon, or an ironman or ultra-run. Your body needs to build up its energy reserves, so take it easy and follow the tapering advice on your training schedule. If you taper correctly, the carbohydrate in your muscles will be stored for the big day rather than used during heavy training runs. If you then increase the amount of carbohydrate in your diet from 60% to 70% you will top up the glycogen in your muscles to their optimum level.
Concentrate on eating meals based on low to medium G.I. carbohydrates and on drinking plenty of fluids during the week before the race. In the last 3 to 4 days, really make sure that you drink regularly