What She Learned
1. Arriving four to five days before the race is ideal.
2. Adjust to the new time as soon as possible. “I had a 1:00 p.m. flight, but it was 9:00 p.m. in Spain, so I immediately set my watch to the new time and tried to go to bed a couple hours into the flight so I could adjust quicker,” Baker says.
3. Drink a lot of water before, during and after flight.
4. After landing, try not to sleep until their nighttime! Stay up and avoid naps to adjust quicker.
5. Stay loose, walk around the next couple of days, and try putting in a few short runs (two to three miles) every other day until the race.
6. Pack race attire you know works. Don’t try anything new.
7. Bring your own fuel. Don’t rely on getting new bars or sports drinks there. They will have different brands and ingredients.
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