My legs feel like giant tree trunks today… a sign of a good race! My morning workout was lifting the coffee pot and opening a bag of animal crackers. Exhausting FYI the Whole Foods 365 Organic animal cookies are probably my favorite so far – someone on the internet even loved them enough to post a full review!
Since I don’t have any running stories for you today, we can add on to the marathon story. One thing I get asked sometimes is what I eat/drink before a race.
I usually keep it pretty classic with some sort of pasta. For this race, Anthony and I made our favorite pesto dish!My dinner photography craze has inspired Anthony to get really creative with the “presentation” and do things like dabble sauces on the side of the plate. What a masterpiece.Simple salad on the side.Regarding hydration, I try to drink a ton of water for 2-3 days before the race. Though many runners cut out alcohol, I clearly don’t… in fact, I think a drink or two the night before helps me de-stress and sleep well. Which is why Anthony and I kicked off dinner by stopping by Guajillo! And the morning of the race? Coffee with a couple pieces of buttered cinnamon-raisin toast. The end.
I think pre-race food and drink is definitely something that’s different for everyone. It’s a trial-and-error process that usually results in a list of foods you know you shouldn’t eat before a long run and a few foods that seem to work pretty well.
For example, I’ve learned that peanut butter, cheese, Mexican food :(, and nuts do not sit well with me before a race/long run. Other runners I’ve talked to avoid dairy and oily and high-fiber foods the day before. Some people eat nothing the morning of the race; some people eat eggs and toast; some people eat Cliff bars; a lot of people eat bagels, bananas, and peanut butter. It’s different for everyone!
So go drink some water (or beer) and have a great day.
- What do you eat before a race?
- Do you care about the presentation of your food?
- What was the BEST THING you did all weekend?
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