Multi-day sporting events - such as long-distance running or walking - are mentally and physically challenging. Not only do they allow you to physically test yourself, but multi-day runs and walks often help spread awareness about and raise money for a cause.
There is a lot of preparation that goes into events that can extend for multiple days, which is why we're excited to watch a few of our own Sweat Pink Ambassadors prepare for multi-day events in their hometowns across the country.
In 2016, Susan G. Komen® announced a Bold Goal: to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. To achieve this goal, they also announced the SGK 3-Day, a 60-mile walk over the course of three days in multiple cities across the country. These walkers raise money to support community programs, make strides in breast cancer research, and ultimately help save lives. We're so excited to support their mission and cheer on our ambassadors who have chosen to walk with them.
If you're planning to participate in SGK 3-Day or perhaps you have another long-distance event coming up, you'll need the following tips to prepare.
Proper nutrition is key
First, train with the food and drink you will consume during the event. Stick with what works - and don't deviate. Consume complex carbs and just enough lean protein to keep your blood sugar even as you'll need easy-to-access energy stored in your liver and muscle cells. Trail mix, Epic bars, and clean protein bars are all good options! For distances longer than 20 kilometers, you'll need more than just water. Choose a sports drink to replenish your electrolytes.
Take care of your feet
Throughout your training, experiment with ways to prevent lubricants, A few common tricks are to try wicking and/or double layered socks, toe socks, moleskin, or sports tape. Stop at the first signs of a blister or "hot spot" and use tape to prevent further damage.
Starting to feel tired? Shorten your stride. Most people walk with a longer-than-necessary stride that isn't optimal for efficiency. A short stride with a more rapid cadence is better for energy efficiency.
Remember your purpose? You're walking to support a mission you believe in - chances are high that those around you are also walking for a cause close to their hearts. Talk to them! Experiences like these are so much richer when we bring others into our circle. Cheer each other on throughout the long event.
It's OK to Rest
Remember that it's OK to take breaks as needed. Any long-distance event is mentally and physically challenging. Eat a snack, drink LOTS of water, use the restroom, and stop to reflect on what you are doing. Enjoy the journey.
This post was brought to you by our partner, Susan G. Komen. As always, we are thankful for the brands that support the Sweat Pink Community. We're inspired by the mission and vision of the SGK 3-Day!
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