If you have already signed up for Hope and Dream 10, a massive congratulations. If you are still debating whether to sign up or not...do it now! You won’t regret it. Last year, you helped raise an amazing €128,000 for two fantastic charities. The compassionate speeches given by both charity representatives at the recent launch night made it exceptionally clear just how big of a difference we have all made to the lives of others.
This year I will be the Hope and Dream 10 Nutritionist and am therefore here to answer all your questions regarding your diet. I took part in the race last year myself while studying for my masters in nutrition. Not only was it a place for me to escape the stresses of assignments and exams but it was also a place for me to experiment with different nutrition theories and see firsthand the effects it can have on your running performance. My main aim is to enable each and every one of you to understand exactly what you are eating and the impact it will have on your body. I plan on explaining the different components of food, how to read food labels, how to eat healthy while you are on the go, what to eat before and after training and most importantly how to improve your overall health and well being in order to keep you in tip top shape. Remember that each person will have different dietary requirements depending on your age, sex, training schedule and body size, but hopefully each week I will guide you in somewhat the right direction and help you to improve your performance.
Nutrition is one of the core building blocks to maintaining a healthy life. While nutrition is important for everyone, it is even more important to the athlete. Your diet directly affects your ability to train, recover and complete a run. Over the next twelve weeks it is therefore vital that your dietary habits change for the better as pre-race nutrition doesn’t just start the morning of the race. In order for you to replenish the energy and nutrients lost during training it is vital that you consume a healthy balanced diet every day.
Proper nutrition and hydration can make or break your running potential. A healthy balanced diet for a runner should include the following: carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. Over the next couple of weeks we will take a more detailed look into each of these and show how they can make an important contribution to your training performance.
Best of luck and remember, not only are you improving your own health and well being but you are making a huge difference to somebody’s life.
As stated above, everybody is different so please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have and to contact your doctor before making any dramatic lifestyle changes.
MSc Human Nutrition
BA Hons Health Promotion
Hope & Dream 10
c/o Hope Cancer Support Centre CLG,
22 Upper Weafer St,
Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
100% Charity Event
Our aim is that all sponsorship money raised will go directly to the two charities (60% to Hope Cancer Support Centre CLG and 40% to County Wexford Hospice Homecare) and that race costs will be paid for by our invaluable sponsors.
Phone 087 2379035
Hope and Dream 10 Nutrition