What works for someone else may not work for you.

Another training tip from Hannah Bennett, PT, DPT, CSCS, CET, Baylor, Scott & White Health – Round Rock Physical Therapist!

“What you eat before, during, and after the event are just as important as the actual race. A few days before, it’s recommended that you stick to foods you normally eat. If you’re planning on eating an energy bar or gels during the run, practice taking them during a workout to test how your body reacts to the flavor, consistency, and how it is tolerated.

“Remember — what works for someone else may not work for you, so it’s important to test everything from your race-day food choices to the liquids you will drink.

“As for getting through the run, counting your calories is a good way to determine how much fuel your body needs. Depending on body size, gender, and weight, 200-400 calories per hour is generally the amount of calories you should aim to consume. Your fluid intake should be about 15-20 ounces an hour depending on weather conditions and your sweat ratio. It’s also a good idea to bring along a low-sugar sports drink to replace electrolytes lost or bring electrolytes tablets that dissolve in water or your mouth.”

Hannah Bennett
Physical Therapist, DPT, CSCS, CET
Baylor Scott & White Health – Round Rock