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Hot Chocolate Pre-Race Preparation


Leading up to race day, it's so important to prepare your things, and more importantly, yourself! It's definitely a process and you want to make sure that you have everything you'll need prior to your race! One race ritual that I like to do is to lay out everything on the floor and make my #FlatRunner as Instagrammers call it. This helps visualize everything you're going to wear and have on you!

With the forecast of 30 degrees at the start of the race (brrrr!), I'm planning to wear the following:

hot chocolate race swag

These jackets are the jackets that was part of the Hot Chocolate swag 2014! I LOVE these jackets! I have to admit that Hot Chocolate races have one of the better race swags out there! :) pre race carb loading

It's so important to make sure your tank is full prior to a race! My favorite carbs to eat are bagel with peanut butter, chocolate milk, and Filipino style spaghetti (slightly sweetened). I also found this article from Runner's World that recommends the list below. It's amazing how carb loading starts as early as 6 weeks before race day! Race smart, race happy!

6 WEEKS BEFORE: Practice loading Two or three days prior to your longest run, start eating more carbs and less fat and protein. "You'll get a sense of what foods agree and disagree with your stomach," says Katz. 1 WEEK BEFORE: Make a plan "A plan is especially important if you're traveling to a race," says Ryan. Pack plenty of snacks, like sports bars, pretzels, and crackers. Check menus online and make restaurant reservations. 2 OR 3 DAYS BEFORE: Switch to carbs From now through your race, 85 to 95 percent of your diet should be carbs. Eat after taper runs. "That is when muscles are primed to store glycogen," says Rapoport. NIGHT BEFORE: Don't stuff yourself Dinner should be relatively small but carb-heavy. Eat on the early side so you have lots of time to digest. "You want to wake up race day hungry—not full from the night before," says Ryan. RACE MORNING: Have breakfast Three hours before the start, eat 150 grams of carbs, like a bagel and yogurt or sports drink and oatmeal, says Ryan. Early race? "Get up at 3 a.m., eat, and go back to bed," she says.

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