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Nutrition a key part in Ice Breaker

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Nutrition is a key part of performance and many people probably plan out what they will eat on race day. What you might not know is now is the time to start eating race day food,

“For race day nutrition you kind of want to practice it while you are training because you need to know which nutrients are going to work with your body and which ones aren’t,” says Jen Brown.

With everyone's body being different one person might perform well on one food, while another performs poorly on that same food. There are some guidelines you can follow when choosing a race day meal.

“With it (the race) being right around noon or early afternoon you want to focus on your breakfast. You want to have a low fiber low-fat breakfast. You want to get your energy from the carbs, maybe 200 to 300 calories. Make sure you are drinking lots of water a couple hours before the race. You want 17-20 ounces of water,” said Jen Brown.

You should be testing foods that work for yourself which give you good energy and will not cause you an upset stomach while you train.  Also test drinking water while running, especially if you’re training for the longer 5-mile race as it can take upwards of an hour depending on your pace.

“With your training, you should be running about 10 to 15 minutes straight, go ahead and go slow. You will probably feel like you'll need water around then but you can work that in depending on how your body feels,” said Brown.

That’s just it, nutrition and meal prepping all depends on how your body feels. So trust your instinct.

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