Last updated on May 28th, 2018 at 01:16 am
After 4 years of running, I still have a lot to learn when it comes to fueling my body properly. But, when it comes to race day, I know exactly what I need to eat, and it’s the same breakfast every time; Oatmeal with Nuts & Flax.
Oatmeal is my go-to breakfast and because it’s been tried and true. Why mess with a good thing? It’s easy to make, keeps me full for a long time and provides me with the energy I need. Also, this meal is familiar to me and doesn’t upset my stomach. I add some brown sugar and cinnamon for taste. And alongside the oatmeal, I eat toast and my usual cup of coffee.
I do drink some water early on in the morning, but I cut back several hours before the race for 2 reasons. The obvious one; I don’t want to have to go to the bathroom during the race (nerves sometimes fools you into thinking you have to go), and I get cramps or stitches in my side if I drink to close to a run/race.
Although I’m still learning about fueling my body for training and racing, I do have some tips:
5 Tips on Fueling Before A Race
- Avoid anything that will make you gassy, this included, soft drinks, milk (if you are lactose intolerant like me) and too much fiber.
- Avoid foods that you are not familiar with, you don’t know how your body will react.
- Drink lots of water the day before to ensure proper hydration.
- Don’t drink water to close to the race.
- Eat several hours before your race so that you have time to digest.
Do you have a favorite breakfast on race day? I’d like to hear from you and expand my options.