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Fortify the body for the Gate River Run

What to eat before, during, after the race

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – You've trained for months to get your body ready to run 9.3 miles, now make sure you're feeding your body the right foods to give it enough fuel to finish the Gate River Run.

Jennifer Price, with the Yates YMCA, visited The Morning Show on Friday with some suggestions when it comes to what to eat before the race, during the run and the the hours after.

Pre-race Plan


Friday night, Price suggests your dinner is focused on carbs, but watch your serving size -- don't go overboard.  Some carbohydrates, but not all.  Then be sure to get at least 8 hours sleep.  Check the weather conditions. It's suppose to be warm so dress accordingly.

Morning of the race


Price recommends a breakfast that is high in carbs, but limit the fiber.  Eat at least 2 hours before the race to avoid stomach problems.  Plan to arrive early enough to stretch.

Equipment check


Don't forget your race number, the safety pins that attach it to your running outfit and anything you typically used during your training.  This may include Vaseline, band aids and supplements.

Race Plan


Price suggests you eat every 45 minutes and if you stop to drink water, "don't run and drink, stop, walk and drink to avoid cramps.  Drink every 15-20 minutes and stop at each hydration station for a cup of water."

Supplements are a quick and easy way to get energy and nutrition during the race.  There are some great energy boosting snacks.  Watch Jennifer's interview during The Morning Show for examples of supplements that are easy to take on the go as you run.

'The Green Monster'


Look down, not at the summit of the Hart Bridge.  If you run to music, time favorite songs to challenging parts of the race. Trust your training.

Post-race plan


Within 2 hours of the race, eat a high-protein meal with carbohydrates.


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