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Sarah, 25, has been running since last June and devised her own programme. She was motivated by her brother entering a marathon last year. These days, she’s either running on a treadmill, running to a class or running up to 18kms in a day! She hasn’t decided which charity to run for yet. Next year, she hopes to run a full marathon, perhaps London or Brighton or maybe even New York!


Nutrition


Following a healthy, balanced diet will provide you with all the nutrients you need.


Eat enough carbohydrate every day to keep you going during exercise. Eat plenty of wholegrain breads and cereals, fruit and vegetables and moderate amounts of milk, yoghurt and cheese, lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts and pulses. Make sure you eat enough food for your level of activity, or you won’t have enough energy to perform. When eating before a run, it’s best to have a high-energy snack such as a banana or some dried fruit to ensure you have sufficient energy to see you through. After a run, have some carbs and protein within ½ hour to help your body recover.


Hydration We all know that we should be drinking 6-8 glasses (1.5 lires) of water a day. When you run, you need extra fluids. It’s essential to keep up your fluid intake; getting dehydrated can stop you getting the most out of your activity. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. If your mouth is dry, you are already dehydrated. Drink lots before you start exercising. Keep some drink to hand so you can top up during your run. And drink plenty when you’ve finished.


All we ask is that you focus on the end goal and be sensible in your race preparations, and you can’t go far wrong. Good luck and see you in May. ■


Bright FM have confirmed their silver sponsorship. Allan Moulds, Managing Director, said: “Bright FM are delighted to support the Sussex Living Marathon Weekend. This really is a unique event which will showcase the beautiful countryside and great towns that make up Mid Sussex. As the local radio station for the area, we just had to support this new event which I’m sure will go from strength to strength. Listeners will be able to tune into Bright FM on 106.4 for the very latest on the races. It promises to be a great weekend for the whole area.”


Bright FM Breakfast Presenter Richard Reynolds (above) will be keeping listeners up to date with everything that goes on throughout the Weekend.


Make a run for Mid Sussex It’s the taking part that counts!


Are you looking for a fresh approach to promoting your business?


Be a Sussex Living Marathon Weekend Sponsor, ideal for raising your business profile while doing something worthwhile for the Mid Sussex community.


Perhaps you could contribute a major prize? Help fill 1,500 runners’ goody bags? Or simply make a cash donation? We welcome all ideas and enquiries.


Please contact caroline.harding@midsussex.gov.uk or call 01444 477012


SUSSEX LIVING March 2012


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