March 1, 2012

Fueling for Race Day

It has taken me four half marathons to figure out how to be properly fueled and hydrated for race day, I generally eat well, but during race week I pay special attention to my diet. Lots of lean protein and plenty of healthy whole wheat carbohydrates are the bulk of my food intake this week. I consume plenty of fluids, mainly Gatorade, juices and water. While fruits and vegetables are normally an important part of my daily diet, I stop eating all but bananas two days prior to the race. A nervous stomach on race day has caused me to skip those foods until the run is over.

 The morning of my long races, or a long training run I eat an English muffin with peanut butter, a banana and have Gu to supplement as needed. Above all else, be sure to try out all foods, energy drinks and gels prior to race day. Surprises on race day are not nice to your stomach.


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