Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall explained what to do before a big race
Ryan Hall made history as a runner, becoming the first American to cross the time barrier in the half marathon. Since retiring from professional running in 2016, he has been building up his muscles and is now able to lift over 500 pounds, while maintaining his record as the fastest American runner of all time in mid -time. and full marathon categories.
Meanwhile, Hall’s wife Sara continues to kill him as an elite long-distance runner; she was the first American in over a decade to step onto the podium at the London Marathon last year. Today Sara is competing in a half marathon race in Eugene, and in a post shared to Instagram last night, Hall detailed the seven most important things they both learned over the years about the best way to prepare for a long distance. race.
First, Hall recommends lying down rather than sitting down whenever possible. “Sitting creates all kinds of tension and creases that you want to avoid before the race,” he says.
Second: eat. A common pitfall is not consuming enough calories to keep going when the time comes. “Don’t be afraid to eat,” he says. “Remember you are refueling today for tomorrow’s race.” He also advises to “keep your food simple,” suggesting white meat and egg whites as good sources of protein and white rice and pasta as simple sources of carbohydrates, as well as keeping your electrolytes up, “because they are needed not only for holding water / hydration but also for your muscles to trigger neurologically. “
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He also urges you to stay away from hot tubs because they can “leave feeling jello-y legs,” and says it’s completely normal not to sleep very well the night before a big run.
Finally, he said, make sure you have fun. “Reminding myself of this reality takes the pressure off me and reminds me to soak up everything and enjoy every part of the experience,” he says. “I’ve found that when I have the most fun, it’s when I’m generally the best performer.”
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