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SSC Newspaper : June 2013
12 Strathfield Scene june 2013 fitness The countdown for the fourth annual Cooks River Fun Run has started. Besides training, what runners do in the hours leading up to the race is vital to their performance. James Tompson from Anytime Fitness in North Strathfield said that although a good training programme was important in the weeks leading up to the race, what runners did the night and morning before the run was vital. Mr Thompson said that eating carbohydrates, a slow-burning food group that releases energy, would help runners maximise their full potential. “For optimum performance it’s best to have a big meal of carbohydrates the night before the race. Things like rice, potatoes, bread and pasta are ideal. But make sure you eat early so you have time to digest the food,” he said. “But it is also important to keep hydrated, so drink lots of water the night before and on the morning of the race.” Mr Thompson said stretching before the race was also important to make sure runners avoided injury and stayed warm. “I wouldn’t advise competitors to do any exercise the day before the race. Maybe a light walk just to get the legs moving, but nothing too intensive,” he said. “It’s important for competitors to stay warm, because it will be cold on the morning of the run.” Mr Thompson recommended a gentle run and some stretches before the race. “Runners should do a light jog just to get warm and to get their blood pumping before the race,” he said. “It’s also a good idea to do some stretches to avoid injuries. So stretch your hamstrings, quads and do some lunges. Hold each stretch on each leg for at least 20 seconds, just to loosen your muscles up,” he said. carbo loading gives you that extra energy II wouldn’t advise competitors to do any exercise the day before the race. Maybe a light walk just to get the legs moving , but nothing too intensive
SS July 2013