Eat to Compete
Maximizing training is possible only when nutrition and sleep are peaking, too. That means keeping to a generally healthy diet, including eating protein and carbs post-workout for muscle repair. Use long training runs as testing grounds to figure out what to eat the night before and the morning of race day. During those runs, experiment with different kinds of race nutrition, like chews and gels or even single-serving maple syrup packets. “The key is to do nothing new on race day,” Castro says. And make sleep a priority. Training takes a toll on your immune system. It’s busy repairing muscle, so stretch yourself too thin and you become more susceptible to bugs that derail training—and the rest of your life. Consider an immune-boosting shot of turmeric and ginger juice with a few drops of oregano oil.
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