The 5K Rave Run is very near. We are set for the big event on Saturday at the McGrath Amphitheater. Before you lace up that pair of New Balance shoes, it's very important to think about how you will give your body the energy it needs to run...and the post-run satiation as well.

Seasoned joggers know what's best for their routine, but for those of us just getting into the fitness kick, it's important to know the basics.

The experts at Running For Beginners and Horizon Fitness know race/run day is important nutritionally. Nuts, cereal bars and fruit, whether dried or fresh can give your system a great kick-start to begin the day. "Carbo-loading" isn't an optimal approach. All that excess "fuel" can actually slow you down.

Eat three to four hours before you hit the pavement. This gives your body a chance to break down the meal. Starchy foods are better than the fatty and sugary variety.

It is equally important to re-fuel after the 5K. After your cool-down on Saturday night, grab a banana or another energy bar post-race.

Hydration is critical. Drink at least 64 oz. of water leading up to the 5K Rave Run, but stop 30 minutes before start time. Sports drinks like Gatorade are OK, but are filled with sugar. Water is always a great choice. Although the marketing machine may tell you the sport drinks are needed, it's best to just stick with H2O.

Balanced eating in the days before your run is the simple guidance from those in the know. Just be sensible and don't go to extremes.

Here's to a great run and rave on Saturday night. If you have any questions about the big event, or would like registration info, just click here.