You have decided to make the jump to the half marathon, you have already done several tests of 10 km and you are looking for a challenge, or maybe it is not the first time that you have faced 21 km but now you finally want to take it a little more seriously and improve your brands. In both cases, these tips that Sara Carmona gives us will be good for your success in the media.
Not only does the runner live the training, a good nutrition and the help of nutritional supplementation are key for optimal results and performance improvement.
Last month we interviewed this complete multi sport player who in her career has played tennis, dance, artistic gymnastics and has had a special impact on swimming, even winning medals in Spanish Championships. Sara has spent a lot of time triathlon with good results.
Sara Carmona, @sara.carmona.h also conducts personal training at a professional level and recently prepared a group of her Instagram followers to participate in the Terrasa half marathon held on January 27.
Sara, do you think that your experience in so many sports has benefited you to stand out as a triathlete?
Totally, each sport teaches you something, either a technical or tactical aspect that in many cases can be transferred in a positive way to the new sport you practice. And not only that, having competed in different disciplines, it has also helped me to know how to better manage my emotions, to compete and, therefore, to work better in sports psychology.
And how does the challenge of preparing some of your followers for a half marathon arise?
I’ve been working for challenges for several years, since my mission is for people to take the step, but giving a good service of training and physical preparation. The challenge is not only to finish their first half marathon, but to teach them how the road should be, how to train, how to feed sports, motivational aspects that must be activated and work, in addition to sports values, that my main objective is that, through sport, they achieve greater professional and personal well-being.
You have taken it as a challenge with a very didactic touch, in addition to nutrition, do you also give guidelines for supplementation to your students?
Yes, I speak to them about my own example, it is an aspect that in my sporting life I have always taken care of, all athletes need complements to be able to perform more, recover faster, be more protected, etc. For example, among many other supplements, I use Finisher® Multivitamin because it has a composition that totally convinces me, with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, D and E, as well as essential minerals. such as magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, molybdenum, copper, manganese and iodine. When they ask me is one of those that I recommend because not only do you avoid nutritional deficiencies, which we all usually have, it also protects you from possible infections, since this combination reinforces the defenses and that is very important for an athlete … and for a sedentary person.
How many weekly career sessions did your students average in their preparation?
We did 4 per week, although with variations, some could put in another session during the week and others only programmed as minimum load, in addition to strength and physical preparation sessions, very important to prevent injuries and keep the body strong and prepared for the volume and the requirement of training.
Did you also put toning and strength work?
Of course, as I said before, it is something COMPULSORY. In addition, another important aspect was the work of career technique and specific exercises such as proprioception and mobility.
We assume that you follow your own training and nutrition recommendations when you are going to run a half marathon, right?
What I can not often do is dedicate to my workouts all the time I would need, so I have to be more efficient with everything, but I do apply my own guidelines, of course.
Details as simple as a good hydration before going out to train, which I recommend, I try to follow them to the letter. If I’m going to do a demanding workout or go out to compete, I take a Finisher® Intensity gel, before going out and I notice a lot of activation and I have more energy.
In the medium and for longer tests I like to take the Finisher® Generation UCAN® before, because it has carbohydrates such as corn starch that are gradually released and do not produce blood glucose peaks, it also provides proteins so that It compensates for the muscle degradation that occurs in hard tests like a mean.
I am also more confident wearing a Finisher® Endurance gel, when I go out to train and also in competition, I do not know how the gels that the organization distributes will fall to me. The Finisher® Endurance has fast-assimilating sugars and vitamins, and in those moments that you can feel your strength falter in the middle of the race, it’s great how well you feel.
Very important, all Finisher® gels as well as the Generation UCAN® do not contain gluten, fat or lactose, so in addition to taking them knowing that they are not going to produce any reaction I recommend them with total confidence to the people I train, since their tolerance It is perfect.