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    I'm sure this has been covered before, but...I signed up with my brother and his wife to do a 15k relay style(we each do 5k). Looking for suggestions for preparation for this thing, mainly in terms of nutrition. Do I up my carbohydrate intake a bit for a couple days beforehand? How about race day? It's my first one.

    Oh, and it's on Sunday

    Goal is finishing under 30 minutes.

  • #2
    Do regular primal. You don't need extra carbs for 30 minutes. Maybe have half a banana just before the race. Good luck.
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    • #3
      Haha...good point - it is only 30 minutes. There I go, overthinking again!

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      • #4
        Yeah...nothing special needed for a 5K. Primal as usual.
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        • #5
          I recommend you go on a 40 hour fast right before the race, this will shed some extra weight off and you will be able to run faster.

          Break your fast with a banana and 4 boiled eggs, 1 hour before the race.

          Report back.

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          • #6
            Unless you have significant experience with fasting and how your body reacts to it I would strongly recommend not doing that before your race.

            For a 5k I wouldn't do anything special... just approach it like any other day.
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            • #7
              Of course, I agree with Goldsmith.

              I'm assuming you are not soft and would be able to handle a 40 hour fast before a 5k, of course. But it is no problem if that is not the case.

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              • #8
                Thats a ridiculous statement dude.

                Being "soft" has nothing to do with it. Some people don't react as well to post fast workouts as others. I myself fall into that category. I have worked out many times in a fasted state and just don't have the same amount of energy and intensity as when I am fueled properly.

                Your blanket statements you always make really annoy me.
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                • #9
                  I agree with Goldsmith, don't do anything differently. Just eat what you normally eat for breakfast and just make sure its at least an hour or two before you run. Running on a full tummy is no fun!

                  Good luck and have fun!
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                  • #10
                    Yea but how will OP ever know whether he can do the 40 hour fast and run a 5k if OP doesn't try it?

                    It's a part of the experience. OP might find a resolve OP never knew existed.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dado View Post
                        Yea but how will OP ever know whether he can do the 40 hour fast and run a 5k if OP doesn't try it?

                        It's a part of the experience. OP might find a resolve OP never knew existed.
                        Interesting suggestion. Don't think I've ever done a 40-hour fast in my life. Perhaps later. Breaking it with a banana and 4 boiled eggs might provide some motivation for the people behind me to run faster.

                        Nor am I soft. Trust me on that one.

                        I do like your attitude of taking things to ridiculous extremes, though!

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                        • #13
                          There is just no need to do a 40 hour fast. I would agree with running it on an empty stomach after a normal day of eating the day before but a 40 hours fast just isn't necessary.

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                          • #14
                            It cracks me up when I see people carb loading for a 5k. Also cracks me up when I see people chugging water at the half-way mark like they're going to die of dehydration.
                            Less than half an hour. All you need is air.

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                            • #15
                              Ive ran probably 100 5ks. dont do anything different on this first one. dont eat a breakfast the morning of just a small portion of whatever you normally eat. dont eat anything unusual the night before. the last thing you want to worry about is your stomach growling and churning.
                              I wouldnt fast, before my first 5k, but thats just my opinion. first ever fast and first ever 5k doesnt sound good. there is enough to think about at your first race without adding in what a fast will do to your body. just the excitement of the day and atmosphere can be.. overwhelming... not really the right word.... but its a whole new experiance, thats for sure.

                              My other advice for a 5k is to not go out too fast. its easy to get caught up with pack and run at a pace you cant maintain. i run 18:30-19:00 minute 5ks and i still find myself getting caught up with the sub 17:00 minute guys at the beginning. i can hang with them for about a mile and then i realize im going way too fast and it messes me up the rest of the race. adrenaline i guess is what lets me run with that group for a mile, but adrenaline wears off.
                              go out at a decent pace. try to judge how you feel at 1.55 miles, because your half done. if you feel awesome, go a little faster. if you feel horrible just try to hang in there. if you feel really bad, slow down for about a minute, catch your breath and go again. its amazing what slowing your pace for just a minute can do.

                              good luck tomorrow and most importantly have fun.
                              Last edited by Run away joe; 10-22-2011, 01:22 PM.

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