In many ways, how you handle the final two weeks leading up to your big race is just as important, if not more so, as the months you spent training for it. You will hear the word ‘taper’ thrown around this time of year. Taper refers to the rest period before your hardest effort, whether a triathlon, marathon, half marathon, or other distance race/event. Here are a few suggestions to guide you through this subtle, but vital stage of your race preparation. These simple suggestions will help ensure that race day is a celebratory culmination of the work you put in, and not a disappointing ride on the struggle bus.
Co-authored by The Runners Forum and Heather Fink MS, RD, CSSD
Whether you are a first timer or experienced half marathoner, you’ll benefit from fueling your body before and during your half marathon. Practicing your fueling plan during training will help ensure you know what your body needs and what works best to keep your muscles fueled for the duration of the event! We’ll help make sense of the options and provide advice to help you succeed on event day!
So, you’ve put in all the hard work. Countless hours were spent on the bike, running, or in the pool. Everything has been put on hold for this one moment. But, DOH! You forgot your shoes! Don’t worry. We at the Runners Forum have got you covered. Just use the appropriate checklist to help you insure that you have everything you need for your triathlon.
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