What to Eat Before a Race

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What you eat before, during, and after a race can affect your performance, but there is no one perfect meal that works for everyone. It?s really important to go with what you know and not experiment with new foods the night before a race.

We asked our Facebook Fans and Twitter followers what they prefer to eat the night before a race, and here’s what they recommended:

Dinner:
Pasta
Pasta, chicken, and a vegetable/salad
Pizza
Baked Potato
Tacos
Waffle night with team :)
Hamburger or cheeseburger
Fettuccini alfredo with shrimp

Drinks:
Water
Strawberry lemonade
Jamba Juice
Gatorade

And, some submitted their pre-race breakfast meals too:
Oatmeal
Toast
Powerbar
Clif Bar
Pancakes

These answers are consistent with the meals recommended by Peggy Pletcher, a registered dietitian, who suggests athletes consume diets high in carbohydrate (about 50-60% of your total calories) to fuel the body properly. Carbs such as pasta, rice, or a baked potato are good choices. And according to Hal Higdon, Runner's World writer and coach, the remainder of your caloric intake should consist of about 15-20% lean protein and 30% fat.

Do you have any other pre-race favorites to add?  Leave your comment below.

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