BOULDER, Colo. – You hear it all the time, “Eat your fruits and veggies. Get enough sleep and drink water.” If you’re training for a race like the BolderBOULDER, there’s something to all that.
“With nutrition, it’s all about balance,” said Neeley Spence, a top five finisher in the 2018 BolderBOULDER. “Making sure you are getting in a lot of fruits, vegetables, colorful foods, protein that’s going to help repair your muscles.”
Neeley says it’s important for runners to be consistent in their training, but says properly fueling your body is just as important when it comes to performing at your best.
Neeley suggests having a carb-focused dinner the night before the race that will sit well in your stomach. Then, the morning of the race, she says you should wake up early enough that you can eat a small breakfast about three hours before your start. When you get to the starting line, hydrate properly, warm up and then take the course one step at a time.
“When you’re out there, those miles do start to get really hard,” Neeley said. “Trust the process and stay in that moment of where you are and that’s whats going to help you power through.”
She says the best thing you can do is simply enjoy the race as much as possible.
“The BolderBOULDER really helped me realize that if you enjoy it, then you’re going to be successful,” she said. “And I think that’s true not just in running, but in every aspect of life.”