The time has come ladies and gents, its race day eve! So what’s the hashtag? HOLD YOUR HORSES! Let’s catch up! SHEESH. The energy at work is electric as over twenty of us are running tomorrow’s Brooklyn Half. I got my bib and my race t-shirt yesterday at the Brooklyn Half Pre-Party and good god the NYRR (New York Road Runners the association who puts on our amazing races) sure knows how to plan a pre-party! There were delicious libations (I broke my no alcohol until race day rule and enjoyed the most delicious India Pale Lager called “Seas The Day IPL” from the Coney Island Brewing Company. (You can catch me post race at the Coney Island Brewing Company playing my new favorite game "who wants to be me a beer.") THEN there were treats from one of my favorite bakeries in Dumbo called One Girl Cookies (their whoopee pies are so good it hurts) and there were tons of awesome vendors and some interesting live music (That’s Brooklyn)! The space was fantastic. We had an awesome time hanging out and enjoying the amazing sights Brooklyn Bridge Park has to offer, I know where I will be hanging out this summer.
My phone is currently being blown up by Tara with all sorts of race day questions as tomorrow is her first half marathon. (She’s all sorts of excited.) Luckily we are having a sleepover because the race literally starts right outside my doorstep in Brooklyn. (One might suggest I lived here just so I could sleep in an extra 30 minutes on race day…Maybe I did…Maybe. I. Did...)
So what do you eat the morning of a half marathon or marathon? WELL, first and foremost take your pre-race meal on trial runs before your long runs. Race morning=excitement, nervous energy, anxiety etc. which can cause GI trouble. And GI trouble and porter potties do not mix! You’ve been warned…
Let’s get all sorts of scientific about race morning carb consumption. Hold on while I dazzle you with my knowledge. Studies suggest eating 1.5-1.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight 4 hours before a race (some people do 90 minutes but that’s pushing it on the time food needs to digest. I say at least do 2 hours.) For me that’s consuming over 1000 calories! It’s a lot of food first thing in the morning and I live really far from any all you can eat breakfast buffet! So how do I inhale that much food at 4/5 in the morning? I break it up. When I wake up I start with a bagel or English muffin with peanut butter, a glass of green tea and a banana. Then when I am walking out the door, or about 90-120 minutes before the race, I eat a high carb energy bar (something with peanut butter and chocolate because they are so effing delicious.) Then I gu 15 minutes before the gun and I am off. For half marathons, I’m normally ok with just a bagel, banana and half an energy bar but science says otherwise…OH SCIENCE.
Here’s a list of delicious carby food to enjoy pre-race:
Bagels, English muffins, toast, peanut butter, jam, dried fruit, oatmeal, milk, smoothie, waffles, berries, high carb energy bars, a scrambled egg, a cup of rice, cereal.
Avoid fat and fibers as they take longer to digest. You want to really max out your glycogen stores so they keep your blood sugar levels steady while you race. Other than that, stick to what you know and have an amazing race!
AND WITHOUT ANY FURTHER ADO, I AM EXCITED TO INTRODUCE TOMORROWS HASHTAG:
Brooklyn is hipster heaven and has really assimilated the stereotype made famous by the hip TV show Girls. So I am looking forward to some really delicious beards and stellar eye fashion. I tried to find a running romper but for some CRAZY reason, they don’t exist (Asics, New Balance, Nike: can someone make this happen for me? I need want one.) So what is a hipster? For those of you going, “what the hell you kids and your Instagram I just can’t keep up!” According to Urban Dictionary “Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses.”
Another example that hits the nail right on the head in one opening sentence goes to a NY Times Article titled “How I Became A Hipster” by Henry Alford. “You know you’re in hipster Brooklyn when someone who looks like a 19th-century farmer tells you that his line of work is “affinity marketing.” BROOKLYN IS ALL ABOUT THE HIPSTER! So embrace the beards, flannel, ray bans and thrifty neon 80’s and 90’s running clothing because we are going hipster hunting! (Bonus points to anyone running in fur.) I got my playlist built full of Beyonce (DUH), Robyn (it’s Brooklyn “I KEEP DANCING ON MY OWN”) and JT and I am gunning towards that 1 hour 55 minute PR!
If you’re running this weekend, join me with your #RunSelfieRepeat hashtags and of course if you see a hipster THROW IT IN THE MIX #HipstersOfTheBrooklynHalf AND DON’T FORGET THOSE SPECTATORS! This race we aren’t just hunting hipsters as they run like gazelles but we are getting those groovy sideline hipsters! Kill em with kitten whispers and unicorn magic because it’s all happening tomorrow!
See you tomorrow AM! Follow all the action as I live instagram/tweet the race at @KellyKKRoberts