9 ways to prepare for the City of Norwich Half Marathon

The City of Norwich Half Marathon pound around the course.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The City of Norwich Half Marathon pound around the course.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The 33rd edition of the City of Norwich Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday with thousands of people set to take part.

The 13.1 mile course starts and finishes at the Norfolk Showground with the first runners setting off at 10.30am.

Below are nine ways to prepare yourself ahead of the big race;

1. Starting the race adequately hydrated is super important. Skip the weekend drinks on Saturday, embrace your inner athlete and top up on water throughout the day.

2. On Saturday evening eat a substantial meal but cut down slightly on the protein and fats (both of which are very filling) to allow enough room for the smart carbs (that release energy slowly).

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3. Remember to bring your race pack, replacements are available for £2 at the help desk at race HQ up to 10am on race day.

4. Check out the best way to get to the race to avoid queues for the car park. Race organisers suggest taking the A47 to the Ringland Hills roundabout on the western outskirts of Easton and then follow the yellow car park signs from there.

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5. Leave your headphones at home. Devices with headphones or earbuds are banned for the safety of competitors and runners have been disqualified for using them in the past.

6. Have all items of kit laid out and ready before race day. Make a check list with everything you know you will need to have with you and tick each item off as you pack.

7. Aim to have a breakfast two-to-four hours before the race. Breakfast ideas include porridge with nut butter, low fat milk of choice and honey, muffins with low fat cottage cheese or a mixed bowl of seeds, fruit and low fat natural yoghurt.

8. Have a large glass of water or herbal tea when you wake up on race day. Then keep momentum up and drink little and often until you hit the start zone.

9. Pace makes for the perfect race! After weeks and months preparing for your big day, do not spoil it by going off too quickly.

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