Get Ready for the Prairie Dog Race

Warming up for the raceNot only do we treat the injuries that runners incur, but we also love to support them!  We are proud sponsors of the quickly approaching Prairie Dog Race featuring a 5k, 10k, and half marathon. This fun event takes place on July 27. Are you ready?

Feel confident from the start with these helpful tips from Castle Pines Physical Therapy:

The night before the race, eat a healthy meal and one you have tried and tested before. There is nothing worse than eating something new that leaves you feeling poorly the next day. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep is essential to feeling refreshed and energized, and drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day prior will keep you hydrated too.

The morning of a race, make sure you eat something an hour or more before race time. You do not want to start running with a full stomach. Protein and Carbohydrates will give you long-standing energy, while sugar will give you a quick boost, but a quick fall. Combining the two is often a great race day breakfast. Some suggestions include:  cottage cheese and granola topped with a drizzle of honey, a protein bar and energy beans / gels, or cereal topped with sliced bananas. Again, make sure to stick with a breakfast that’s tried and true. 

If you are a regular coffee drinker, this will not affect your racing ability. But do make sure you drink some water as well, as drinking only coffee with dehydrate you. At the same time, refrain from drinking too much. While there will be plenty of restrooms available, frequent stops will definitely hurt your time!

For all you runners who are already participating in the Prairie Dog Race, we will see you there! For anyone else interested, you can sign up online here, or come early for race day registration.

To learn more on how to prepare physically for any type of race, contact Castle Pines Physical Therapy at 303-805-5156 to schedule a one-on-one treatment session today.

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