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Apr 16

Pre-Race Strategy

This morning I had a grand plan to run 2 5Ks.  Wellll… I pulled my hamstring last weekend, there was a crazy storm last night, and this week has been exhausting.

These are my excuses to keeping the 5Ks to a minimum today.

I was going to do the Georgia Tech Pi Mile and the Sweetwater 420 5K.  One doesn’t start until 11a and has free beer at the end.  Choosing between the two was the easiest thing I’ve done all week.

 

Without further ado, here is my pre-race strategy for a late, beer-promising 5K:

1. Eat a tasty dinner.

Yakatori leftovers.  Mmmmm… carbs.

 

2. Have a chocolate protein shake.

 

Get your protein in the night before – too much the day-of can cause cramping.

In my shake:

  • 1/2 dark chocolate EAS
  • 1/2 scoop cookies ‘n cream protein powder
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 1/2 C kale (frozen)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ice + water

 

3. Spend the evening writing a proposal for work and ordering free Bragg samples.

I love their Apple Cider Vinegar drinks too – Apple-Cinnamon is the best!

 

4. Wake up too early (stupid work programming me to be an early riser).

 

Post-storm sunrise

 

 

5. Drink coffee.

I know, I know… I drank 2 glasses of water too!

 

6. Devour Carrot Cake Overnight Oats (a la Oh She Glows).

You should make this.  Double the recipe… you will want seconds.

My additions: nutmeg and ginger, topped with greek yogurt and pecans (icing!) rather than Angela’s muffins (mine must be lost in the mail…).

 

7. Blog about pre-race activities and catch up on some reading.


8. Race!!!


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Good luck to everyone running this weekend!  How did you all do?!

Is anyone else going to a festival?

Atlanta has at least 3 this weekend – Dogwood, Sweetwater 420, and Alpharetta Arts Fest!


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  1. Parita @ myinnershakti

    Good luck, Laura! I hear the weather in Atlanta is crazy so stay safe and dry!!!

  2. Lee

    You were going to do two 5Ks today? That’s crazy! Good luck at the Sweetwater one! The free beer is worth it. I’ll give you a call. Meeting a friend down there around 2.

  3. Mark Ward

    Good luck in the 5k today and enjoy the beer! Hope the hamstring holds up.

  4. Cait @ Beyond Bananas

    Good luck in your 5K! Just keep thinking beer..beer..beer.. with every step!
    Love that magic bullet cup that your smoothie is in! :)

  5. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    I hope the 5k went well!

    Make sure you update me on the red wine cheddar ;)

  6. sarah (sarah learns)

    ooo, thanks for the tip on the bragg samples! i just ordered one too! :)

    i’m a sucker for free stuff!

    1. Laura

      Welcome! I’m a sucker for samples too. :)

  7. Allie

    I love how creative this post is! You are SO ready to race!!!!
    Your protein shake looks sooo delish!
    I can’t wait to hear how you did!!!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! I’m waiting for them to post results… I never saw the starting line!

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