Dinner the night before a 5K is largely common sense. I can eat almost anything reasonable the night before a 5K or 10K. Even things like BBQ chicken, pizza and burritos work fine for me as long as they're not overly salty/spicy or high in fat - so for example, plain cheese or vegetable pizza, or a street style burrito (grilled chicken and rice, no sour cream or guacamole) - you get the idea. Also I'll make sure I've eaten it, or something very similar, previously.
As for race morning, I don't eat the morning of a 5K except for a little water and/or black coffee. I prefer to run "lean and mean" - and it makes me feel faster.
@ 5K: New Balance Palm Springs 5K, Palm Springs, CA, 24:32
Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:24
Pride of the Valley, Baldwin Park, CA, 24:28
@ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 52:15
Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:40
Fiesta Days Run, La Canada, CA, 49:57
Oatmeal (which I hate) with a touch of brown sugar, adding in a bit of extra granola and raisins.
Susan in CA
Brazen Racing Bear Creek 10k Aug 09
Brazen Racing Rocky Ridge 10k Oct 09
Brazen's Turkey Trot 10k Nov 09
Walked the Golden Gate Bridge - too cool!
Monterey Big Sur Internationl Half Marathon.(10mile walk)
Brazen's New Years 10k Jan 10
Brazen's Bear Creek 10k MUD FEST Jan 10
Finally, back out on the trails!
Blossom Trail 10k March 2011
Miracle Miles for Kids - May 2011
Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to the Pier 10k - July 2011 Happy Birthday to me!
So many miles...so little time...
I did it - I signed up for Big Sur - April 2012
Unless you faint, puke or die...keep walking - Jillian Michaels
I can't come in last because I am ahead of those who didn't start!
The night before the race I like to eat whole wheat pasta. I don't eat white bread or white carbs as much as possible. Whole wheat pasta will give you so much fuel.
I like to eat a banana and Think Thin protein bar before running. It works every time for me
3/21-Shamrock Shuffle 8K- 46:24
4/10-Wrigley Early Start 5K- 27:36
4/25-Ravenswood Run 5K- 27:18
5/1-CPD Run to Remember 5K- 26:54
5/29-Soldier Field 10 Mile- 1:36:42
6/6- United Run for the Zoo 10K- 57:55
7/11- Utica Boilermaker Road Race- 1:31:29
8/1-Rock n Roll Half Marathon: 2:13:57
I agree with the wheat pasta. I also like to eat broccoli with the pasta. I think it's more of a mental thing with the broccoli, as it doesn't add energy, but of course is healthy.
The morning of a race I go with a powerbar and vitamin water energy drinks. I also eat a banana. Has anyone tried S!Caps to avoid cramping? They are good to take an hour before a long fun/race and every hour when running.
Salt Lake Marathon 7/24
Salt Lake 1/2 Marathon 4/17 1:47:21
Salt Lake 1/2 marathon 4/08
Salt Lake 1/2 Marathon 4/09
Moab 1/2 Marathon 3/09
Provo Canyon 1/2 Marathon 8/09
Three 5K races 2005-2007