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Run advocates go the distance for making the most of success
Seek balance in training or fitness regimen
 
Published Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:50 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

COURTESY BLACK MEN RUN CHARLOTTE
Black Men Run Charlotte is an advocacy group for running and fitness. The group won the relay at last year’s Charlotte Marathon.

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Thousands of runners are lacing up for fall races.


Whether qualifying for the 2020 Boston Marathon is your goal, or you simply want to complete the annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, something draws them to the starting line. From first-timers to veterans, Charlotte is filled with runners. Black Men Run Charlotte members Shawne Carew and Darius Moore, who won first place with BMRCLT’s relay team in last fall’s Charlotte Marathon, shared a few tips they wish they knew before they started racing.


Both agree pace is a priority when it comes to distance running. While nerves may entice the inexperienced to push too hard too early, it’s best to save something for the latter stages of a race.


“One of the things I wish I knew before I started racing was don’t go out too fast,” said Carew, who still competes in his 50s. “Find your pace. Take your time, and let the race come to you. Being so excited, your adrenaline builds up, and most of us, like I did, blow the race in the first mile. Concentrate. Don’t get nervous. You’re going to have butterflies. Take a couple of deep breaths and run your pace. Look at your watch, and check your pace. If you are going too fast, slow down and enjoy the race.”


Said Moore: “I was very eager and anxious my first race. Coming from a track background, I’d never ran more than 400 meters. When I ran my first 5K, and you try to run that first mile at 400-meter pace, it humbles you.”


Moore, a running coach in his early 30s, used to live by the idea that he could eat whatever he wanted. That quickly changed.


“I tended to eat whatever I wanted before I started training for marathons, half marathons, and so on,” he said, “but now I’ve learned how to carb-load properly, how to space out my meals, how to balance my caloric intake and output—so basically, how many calories I’m burning a day versus how many calories I intake a day.”


Finding a happy medium with how much and what he was eating helped improve his race experience.


“Once I found that balance, it made for less issues at the race, like stomach issues, little tummy pains—things like that,” Moore said. “Also, I brought in more fruits and veggies that were heavy in water. That helped me hydrate better, because I started to notice I was very bad at drinking water.”


Moore’s excuse for avoiding water stemmed from disliking its taste.


“Which is very elementary of me,” Moore said. “I teach younger athletes how to run, so I can’t tell them, ‘hey drink soda and drink juice’ versus the water. I have to tell them to drink water, but an alternative is you can eat watermelon or any types of melons—cantaloupe, honeydew, guavas. Those are really good. Papayas are really good. They are heavy in water. You can definitely eat those fruits to kind of make up for the water you lack during your workday. Those are just a few tips I definitely wish I knew before I started this journey about nine years ago.”

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