…. I get by with a little help from my friends…
I don’t know if this old tune popped into my head because I am already thinking up candlelighting poems for my son’s Bar Mitzvah while matching each poem with a corresponding song or if it’s because I enlisted the help of Michele from Paleo Running Momma to talk to us today all about race fueling strategies.
…Oh I get by with a little help from my friends…
Michele is not only my friend, not only a Paleo running mom but also a certified running coach.
Flashback to May when we spent the day shopping and eating at Roosevelt Field Mall.
Michele’s running knowledge and race experiences are perfect for assisting us in further understanding the how, what, when, where and why of fueling strategies for races.
Sometimes we think we have our personal race strategies all figured out only to decide we need to make an adjustment which is why it’s always awesome to keep reading up on our running topics to find a new method, perspective, product or training technique to incorporate into our routine.
Do we need to take in fuel during a 5k and even a 10k? If so, does it matter at which point or is it a personal preference?
For a half marathon, at what point should we begin fueling? Is it true that the hour mark is best because they say that’s when we have burned through glycogen?
Is it possible to run a half without fueling?
How long before a race should we test out fuel? Should we only try it during our long runs?
Can we quickly address water stops and Gatorade?
Do I grab the Gatorade even if I didn’t practice drinking Gatorade during my training runs?
If you didn’t train with Gatorade, I wouldn’t advise drinking it during a race.
There are usually so many water stops. Do I need to take water from them all?
This is really a personal preference and something you have to figure out with your training since so many factors (weather!) impact how much you need to actually hydrate during the race.
I do recommend though that you try to take in some water with your fuel as it helps to dilute the sugar a bit and keep you hydrated.
Read more from Michele and learn more about her online running coach services here.
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Are you a water grabber or Gatorade grabber?
Favorite gel/race fuel at the moment?
Have more questions for Michele? Ask in the comments!