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September 1! Bridge to Brisbane is just around the corner! Excited? We are!

We thought we would give you a few tips and tricks on how you can get yourself psyched and ready for race day!

So you’re well into your training and your long distance runs, but what else can you do to get ready?

Starting with your eating regime! Get into the routine of having a balanced, healthy and quality diet leading up to race day. Load up on your fruits and vegetables, lots of protein and low GI carbohydrates. Nuts and legumes are fantastic snacks too! It’s important you eat a quality diet leading up to race day so that your body can perform at its optimum best! Don’t go skipping meals!

Hydration. Funnily enough you can’t just load up on water on the race day and expect to feel great… it is key that you keep hydrated in the few weeks leading up to race day. Of course keep hydrated on the day too, but keep it consistent! You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel if you do!

Want a new race day outfit? Go for it! Head down to Lorna Jane or shop with Lululemon, whichever takes your fancy and give yourself a pre-race reward! But make sure that you complete at least one training session in your new gear… you wouldn’t want to be running on race day and find that those new shorts give you awful chafing!

Figure out where you’re running! Even walk through the course, or do a test run. This will help you work out on the day how far you have to go, where the water stations will be and possibly where is best in the circuit to take a health approved energy assisting supplement.

Mix up your training routine. While you may think that the best thing to do is cardio, it’s important you also build up your core strength to support you on the day. Try some indoor training in the gym as well as your outdoor running workouts.

If you don’t have a running buddy yet, get one!! They can seriously increase your motivation and you will have a lot more fun on the day! Look at it as something you can achieve together… and think of the celebratory breakfast you could enjoy togeher after! Yum!

Along with all of this, preparing yourself on the actual day is important too. Ensure you eat a good breakfast, despite how nervous your stomach may be feeling! Try to eat a couple of hours before the race and ensure it’s a decent feed! Banana and honey on toast, oats with water or even a decent bowl of low GI/low sugar cereal. Get a decent nights sleep before the race to ensure you’re well rested (it’s a good idea to be well rested in the few weeks leading up to the race too). Another top tip is to lay out everything (clothes, water bottle etc.) ready to go in the morning, as it will be an early start! 6am for the 10km eek! Approximately 9.40am for the 5km run. Keep yourself covered in sunscreen and if you can it’s a good idea to wear a hat.

And most important of all, chill out and enjoy yourselves! That’s what it’s all about isn’t it?!

Register to run Bridge to Brisbane here:

https://registration.bridgetobrisbane.com.au/registration/default.cfm?__utma=104205651.290978935.1377134586.1377134586.1377136729.2&__utmb=104205651.2.9.1377137372793&__utmc=104205651&__utmx=-&__utmz=104205651.1377134586.1.1.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=bridge%20to%20brisbane&__utmv=-&__utmk=193997101

And please let us know how you go! Post some pictures on our Facebook! 😀

http://www.facebook.com/FernwoodMorayfield

By Zoe Kirby

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