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Alicia Keys: How I prepped for marathon

Music star Alicia Keys has shared details on how she has prepared to run a marathon in New York on November 1 (15).

Singer Alicia Keys has been focusing on eating as cleanly as possible ahead of her marathon.

The Falling singer is gearing up to run TCS New York City Marathon on November 1 (15), joining an estimated 50,000 participants in raising money for different causes. Admitting she's "flip-flopping" between feeling fabulous and freaking out, Alicia has taken a sensible approach in the lead up to the event.

"I'm starting to focus on eating as cleanly as possible, to give my body the best," she told Refinery29 the week before the marathon (beg26OCt156). "I always try to eat pretty clean, but there's something about running that makes you feel like you can eat anything you want, since you're burning so many calories - kind of like being pregnant! And that's exactly the mentality I'm trying to break away from. I'll probably eat oatmeal the morning of the race, because I want something that will sustain me but won't be too heavy."

Alicia has been making sure she guzzles down plenty of water before the big day and has planned her outfit down to every last detail. "I'm also deciding on what I'm going to wear," she added. "I've been breaking in my Saucony shoes for a few weeks now. They feel good, and that's the most important part. I have dry-fit socks, so my feet don't get blisters. I'm figuring I'll rock a hat and a ponytail. I want everything easy, so I can concentrate."

Bound to be supporting her is her husband Swizz Beatz and sons Egypt and Genesis. As she's been told it would be a good idea to get more sleep in than normal, Alicia is planning an early night before the run.

"Some experts suggest that, while training, you should go to bed 30 minutes to one hour before your normal bedtime - especially for those last three pre-marathon days," she explained. "I'm not very good at going to sleep early, and then when you add being in Europe with a six-hour time difference, it makes things really tricky. Not to mention the jet lag. But on Friday and Saturday, I'm going to bed with my son, Egypt, at like 7.30pm."

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