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Friday 13 December 2019

What to eat the night before the great race

WITH the big day just around the corner, the team here at Flora want to wish you all the very best of luck on race day.

Rain or shine – hopefully shine – it promises to be a super day and we can't wait to see more than 40,000 ladies pounding the pavements for good health and good causes.

We'd like to thank our consultant dietician Harriette Lynch (pictured) for her wonderful contribution to this column over the past few months.

We hope you've found her advice helpful and we'd strongly encourage you to keep up the healthy lifestyle that you've adopted as part of your preparation for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon

So finally, with just five days to go, Harriette has some top nutrition tips for race day:

carbohydrates

> The night before, aim to eat lots of starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread and potatoes but this is the one time that it's not a good idea to go for wholegrain varieties. This is because high-fibre foods take a long time to digest and fill you up, which means it's hard to maximise your glycogen stores. It's also very important to get a good night's sleep the night before the event.

> Despite any pre-race nerves you may have, it's important to eat breakfast on the morning of the race, but avoid fatty cooked breakfasts and opt for something light, such as toast with a low-fat spread such as Flora Light or cereals such as porridge and fruit or yoghurt

> It is vital to be well hydrated on race day. Drink water throughout the morning of the race up to about half an hour before it starts. Make sure to bring a water bottle with you during the race and drink small amounts continuously,

A good option for your meal the night before would be the delicious pasta dish – tuna, lemon and chard farfalle – related stories.

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