Last updated on February 8th, 2016 at 02:48 am
Going through my unpublished drafts, I found this post. Although I believe it was published when I was on the Blogger Platform, it didn’t make the cross over to WordPress somehow. I’m re-publishing this post today for all my new readers!
As a new(ish) runner, I still have lots of learning to do, especially when it comes to fueling my body properly. More specifically when it comes to fueling my body for Race Day.
When it comes to race day breakfast, I have one to go dish that I eat and it’s the same one for every race. Fortunately I don’t race every day, otherwise eating the same thing would get boring. It’s not a secret, it’s written right in the title, it’s Oatmeal with Nuts & Flax.
For me, it’s been tried and true so 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. This meal is familiar to me and doesn’t upset my stomach. I do add a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon too for taste. With the oatmeal, I also eat some toast and my usual 1 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.