Race Day Nutrition
Running a race? Your first 5k? 10k? Half marathon? Awesome! Running a race can be a great way to establish concrete goals and keep you motivated. However, for first time racers, there can be a lot of little details that make or break your race day performance. Provided there has been appropriate training, loading and tapering, one such detail can be race day nutrition. What should you eat the day before and the day of the big race?
1. Keep it simple.
Your training leading to the event should have reached the appropriate volume for you to successfully complete your race. Therefore, your race day nutrition should mirror your training nutrition.
2. Avoid change
Why change at the last minute? There’s a lot of talk about carb loading before a race. But, if your regular nutrition has carried you through your training, it should be good enough to carry you through you race. Sometimes changing your diet right before a race can lead to bloating, cramping, or upset stomach.
3. Believe in your training
Trust your training, eat well, and run your race. See you at the finish line!