What to eat before racing the mile?
Bread/toast, bagel, peanut butter, fruit without skin (banana), pulp-free fruit juice or sports drink for a pre-race breakfast. Rice, pasta, lean meat, starchy vegetables, fruits for “carbo-loading” at least three days before the race. For hydration, drink 500 to 700 ml of fluid about three hours before the race.
What should a long distance runner eat before a race?
- A piece of fruit, such as a banana or orange.
- Half of a sports energy bar.
- Half of an English muffin with honey or jelly.
- 15 crackers, such as saltines or pretzels.
- Half-cup of dry cereal.
How long before a mile race should you eat?
If you eat a very big meal, you should wait at least two hours before running. This is especially true if you eat foods that take a long time to digest, such as greasy, fatty, or fried foods (though it’s best to avoid these altogether before running).
What do professional runners eat before a race?
Sticking to foods that are high in carbohydrates, that you know you tolerate well, is important. Foods with more complex carbohydrates, and a low glycaemic index (meaning they are a ‘slow release’ form of carbohydrate) are ideal – wholegrain bread, pasta, rice, potato…
What should I eat 4 hours before a race?
Get set – 3-4 hours before Slow-release (low-GI) carbs are the best nourishment for your body at this time. Try porridge topped with fruit, a bagel or wholegrain toast. It’s wise to avoid fatty foods that will lie in your stomach and anything that you’re not used to eating to avoid an upset stomach.
Are eggs good before a race?
Protein takes longer for your body to digest—so you’ll have to eat a couple of hours before the race begins—but eggs are a popular pre-race breakfast choice, especially for those who like something “real” for breakfast. Eating a breakfast like this, long enough in advance, leaves you well-fueled for a long race.
What should you not eat before running?
Foods to Avoid Before a Run
- Broccoli, artichokes, or other high-fiber veggies.
- Apples, pears, or other high-fiber fruits.
- Cheese, red meat, bacon, or other high-fiber foods.
- Caffeine (in large amounts)
- Spicy foods.