As an endurance athlete, I have tuned my race day checklist to ensure I am ready to go when the clock starts and the race begins. Leg cramps can be a speed bump in any event but one that can definitely be held at bay.
- Be Prepared and BELIEVE you are prepared. This means not only mentally ready but physically ready as well. Be confident in yourself that you’ve prepared as much as possible and are ready to tackle the race. Our bodies need maintenance too. Take care of your body and listen to it. Know your limits and how far you can push yourself, but know when to take it easy as well.
- Be Well Rested. The night before is the most critical so be sure you get the lights out early to provide your body with as much sleep as possible. Also follow your tapering program to allow your legs the necessary down time to be race-ready.
- Eat Right. I like to know that my tank is fueled up and for me nothing is better than a nice meal with sweet potatoes the night before and for breakfast a bowl of organic white rice with almond milk and banana about 2 hours beforehand. Most importantly, do not forget to take in calories during your run. Liquid form and gels will get into your system faster provided you follow it with water.
- Be Hydrated. I believe in drinking to your thirst level, and for me I know drinking water with Hyland’s Bioplasma Sport the night before sets me up for a good run. STAY HYDRATED during your run. I always have fluid with me, and before the start of the race I pack a couple of Hyland’s Leg Cramps tablets and take them at the first sign of cramping.
- In Summary: B.R.E.D. – Believe, Rest, Eat, Drink. After my race I recover with a good ice bath, treat myself to a recuperative massage and Hyland’s Leg Cramps PM if the pestering Leg Cramps are interrupting my well-deserved post-race sleep.
Good Luck out there!