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Running in Paradise
By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor
ANTIGUA — It’s as round, golden and shiny as the island sun I’ve left behind. Six inches in diameter it’s almost as big as my head, attracting stares and comments throughout my journey home to Miami.
This is no ordinary Caribbean souvenir.
Rather, it’s the mother of all race medals, my reward for finishing Antigua’s Run In Paradise half-marathon.
Soca music blares from the sound system as we bounce nervously from foot to foot; check our Garmin watches for the umpteenth time; and take quick sips of energy drinks to fortify us for the journey ahead.
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“For most people, two hours is enough time for food to empty from the stomach, especially if it’s high in carbohydrate,” says Colorado sports dietitian and marathoner Cindy Dallow, Ph.D. “If you don’t wait long enough, food will not be properly digested, raising the risk of abdominal cramps, bloating, and even vomiting.