Doing a mudrun saturday - necessity of carboloading or other prep?

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    Mar 14, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    So I'm doing a mudrun (3.5mi) on saturday and I'm wondering if I should carboload the night before or just take a PWO supp and some dextrose shortly before the run? Any other insight/advice?



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    david hall
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    Mar 14, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    Wish I had experience with mudruns. Think I'll just bump your thread and hope for the best ; )
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    gracias seƱor captain awesome!
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    Choose running shorts without pockets and cinch them tight!
    additionally, use an old pair if running shoes and gaffer tape across the laces is a GOOD thing...
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    NY Times articles suggest that unless you exercise for longer than 2 hours under high heat, you don't need to carboload the night before or introduce dextrose or eat during the exercise. Just eat a starchy meal hour or so before the start so you don't feel bloated but neither do you feel tired.

    Be careful with dextrose if you are not used to it. Sometimes, it gives people the runs.
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    It depends. How do you feel after running 3.5 miles on regular flat surface? If you feel a little exhausted, you may want to consume more carbs than usual before the event. Not only are you running on mud/dirt, but you're also going to be carrying some of that mud/dirt on you as you run.

    When I ran my 10K this past weekend, it was on a very hilly dirt trail. I had a Chipotle burrito (~600 calories) in the afternoon, then a banana and a Snickers bar couple hours before the event. I was kinda burned out halfway through. Luckily I had some Gu and that helped me get through the rest of the race. If the course was on a flat surface, I probably would have had an easier time finishing.
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    You really don't need to 'carb load' for that distance. Some pasta the night before might be good though so no real loading is needed.
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    agree with FitSportsman, additionally, do be careful with dextrose if you haven;t used it much!!
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    thanks guys, I do have dextrose reasonably often and luckily have noticed no ill-effects, as far as cardio I run 6 miles every other morning, but that's dead-level ground as some of you may be aware of florida's lack of topography lol


    so definitely tighten the shorts up and tape the shoes tight so they dont fall off I'm guessing? Anything else?



    david hall
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    the tape keeps your laces tied, and your shoes from getting too full of crap. oh, and if you wear contact lenses? Take them out beforehand...
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    Mar 15, 2012 12:14 PM GMT
    Outlands saidagree with FitSportsman, additionally, do be careful with dextrose if you haven;t used it much!!


    Agree with Outlands - I'd be careful taking anything you haven't tried out before whilst running. Untested products can cause stomach upsets.... 'nuff saidicon_wink.gif

    Oh, and just enjoy it. Good luck!
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    Mar 15, 2012 12:17 PM GMT
    Don't forget about the "no pockets" thing: it is crazy how they can fill up with mud, ice, water... anything at all in a crazy race like that.

    Good luck and let us know how you fared!
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    Mar 19, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    Mudrun went well, ended up finishing it in 46:22, had to wait at alot of obstacles unfortunately otherwise it would have been a big quicker but all in all was definitely alot of fun, then went out that night to a block party and sold jello shots for the gay flag football team (I'm their mascot)

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    david hall
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    Mar 19, 2012 7:39 PM GMT
    Well done buddy! Great effort!!
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    Thanks buddy! Im totally hooked now


    david hall