As the day of my first half marathon is getting closer and closer (11 days and counting…), I’m starting to think back to what I’ve been doing to prepare, and think about what I can be doing to better prepare in the coming days. I’ve been doing the running and the cross-training, but I need to be worrying more about the nutrition and hydration to ensure that I have the fuel to go the mileage and come out in good shape.
In past posts, you’ve probably read where I’ve talked about my “runner’s brain” and how I haven’t felt very well after a long run. I’ve been told that’s because I wasn’t hydrated enough. How much water/sports drink do I need to drink before and during my run?? Typically I’ll drink at least 8 ounces of Powerade Zero and about 8-16 ounces of water before my run, then carry a 16-ounce water bottle with me during my run and will drink at least half of it throughout my long training runs. Then I’ll drink at least another 16-ounce bottle of water immediately after my run, and yet I still feel sick.
I also have a very sensitive stomach, and, without going into graphic detail, have to be careful of what I eat the day before my runs if I want to get through the mileage without a pit stop. I don’t really know what I should be eating to fuel my long runs properly, and that worries me for my half marathon next weekend.
For energy, I’ve tried GU, but I was afraid that was part of the reason I was feeling sick, so I’ve since switched to SportBeans. I’ve only used them for one training run so far, but I didn’t see much of a difference, except maybe a little less nauseous.
So, I’m asking for all your tips and advice when it comes to proper eating and drinking for the week leading up to my half marathon and the day of my big run. PLEASE HELP!
- How Much Water Did It Take to Hydrate the Boston Marathon? Over 10 Million Ounces (bostinno.com)
- Taper Thoughts: Carmel Half Edition (wewanderandponder.com)
- Tackling the Long Run Part 2: Nutrition (lexrunladies.com)