Running a successful marathon or ultramarathon is so much more than just simply running the race. The training, mental fortitude, race day strategies, and nutrition are all keys to a successful day.
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive on Facebook, Twitter or on my Blog is “what do you eat before and during the race?”
In this post I’ll look at pre-race and race day nutrition.
The week prior to the race I ensure I concentrate on hydration. Now I’m not saying that’s the only time hydration is important, I’m saying I really focus on it during this time.
I also focus on eating better during this final week and cut out all alcohol. Now I don’t drink much by rule…but seven to ten days out I stop drinking altogether.
The day “before” the day before (48 Hrs out), I concentrate on filling up the tank. I don’t count carbs or calories. I like to keep it simple. I have a good breakfast, a solid lunch and I ensure I get a good meal in with a little extra helping. I don’t pig out or go over board I just have a good sized portion maybe with an extra bread stick, slice of pizza, or second go at the spaghetti. .
Race day eve I again ensure I get in a good breakfast and a carb backed lunch. For dinner I like to have a good meal, pizza, pasta or on occasion a “breakfast for dinner meal, of pancakes or waffles. The night before I do not want to take on a “gut buster bomb” timed to maybe go off on the starting line or mid race.
I talk about my race day nutrition on this YouTube video.
Hope this helps…the important thing is to find out what works for you and to get the energy into in the tank so that you can run your best race.