So tomorrow is my 5k Marine Corps Mud Run. To say I’m nervous and excited is an understatement. I’m doing it this year as part of a team of 4 instead of as an individual. To be honest I wish I was just doing it as an individual. There’s a lot of stress that comes with being part of a team; atleast for me. Will I be the weak link, if I’m not will I get frustrated with the weak link, will everyone show up, will it be fun? The last question is the most important one because the whole point of doing it as a team is having fun. When you do it as an individual you are trying to get your PR.
As for the rest of the questions, who knows. At some point I have to tell myself I’ve been training since January and tomorrow is the race so it’s pretty well set now on how well I will do. I can’t train anymore to get ready and just have to believe in myself that I will do a good job. My competitive side has to come to terms with the fact that even though I’ve been training for 6 months and my husband has been training for only 1 month he will still be able to run circles around me. That’s fine, right? That’s what I’ll be chanting to myself the whole time anyway. As for my other concerns if someone else is the weak link than I hope I’m gracious enough to honestly not care and to just be happy we’re all out there together having fun. It will be a good test on my character and make me a better person.
Now that I’m in race prep mode I’ve been researching what to eat before a run. It’s hard for me to eat because I get so nervous but since our race isn’t until 10:30 and I know I’m the type of person who can’t go without eating a meal I have to prepare properly.
Snacks right before a race:
- orange – only 62 calories and really portable. Good before a short run. Oranges are also known for preventing muscle injuries.
- pudding or applesauce – portable and won’t upset your stomach
- dry cereals with 2 grams of fiber or less (you don’t want alot of fiber before a run if you get my meaning)
- 1/4 cup of dried fruits they’re a good source of carbs
- oatmeal – what I’ll be eating tomorrow morning
Here is a great video by Kim Mueller, registered dietitian for Fuel Factor Nutrition Coaching, offers her tips how to ensure your fueled up and ready to go before the race starts.