Tilman von der Linde on Proper Pre Race Prep
Sun Run Pre Race - 2 Hours to go.
Drink some tomato juice for it's potassium and sodium, this will help keep your water content up and can help stave off cramps during the run.
Keep your Heart Healthy - Watermelon is a low sodium source of potassium, so if you have hypertension, munch on a watermelon before the race.
No need to drown yourself but, drink some water as well and go to the washroom before leaving the house because lining up at the Pit Stop potties is not where you want to be.
Fruit Juices - Watered down apple juice (one third strength) two hours before the race is a great energy source. If it's not 100% juice it is sugar water that's high in corn syrup. Glucose when too concentrated can pull water into the intestines, causing cramping during the race. Juices are best left for after the race, a hot glass of apple juice helps restock your carb supply and is easy on the guts.
Sun Run Pre Race - 1 Hour to go.
Time for that last swallow of water. Getting nervous? Tell yourself, you're well trained and rested for the race and that this is going to be easy and fun. Breathe deeply and relax.
Do a 10 minute easy paced warm up followed with a few minutes of stretching. Stay warm and don't take off your sweats too soon.
Tilman von der Linde, RMT.
Muscles in Motion - Vancouver