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  • xcrunr1647 Pro 67 posts since
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    15. Oct 3, 2008 10:51 AM (in response to Ruhorserider)
    Re: race day breakfast

    Generally speaking, you want to find something light, and not eat anything much closer than 30 minutes to race time. Like I said, I'll typically eat maybe a granola bar the day of the race, and oftentimes I have to force it down. Mostly i just drink plenty of Gatorade before the race and I'm fine. You really just have to experiment and find what works for you.

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  • whitefirelight Amateur 12 posts since
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    16. Oct 3, 2008 11:16 AM (in response to Swiddy805)
    Re: race day breakfast

    Okay, the name may be out of the mainstream, but for my last long run I had about a cup of Ezekial 4:9 Golden Flax Cereal with a cop of light Vanilla Soy Milk and a banana. After the 12 mile run I went and swam laps for about half an hour, good slow long burning breakfast fuel. It's made by these guys:

  • Jay Silvio We're Not Worthy 1,775 posts since
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    17. Oct 3, 2008 12:27 PM (in response to Ruhorserider)
    Re: race day breakfast
    Ruhorserider wrote:

    So now my fall 8K is coming up and I am at a loss of what to eat/not eat.

    In general you should have a small meal about three hours before your race.  It should be mostly carbohydrates with a little protein.  Stick to familiar foods that are low-bulk, low-fat, and are not spicey.  I tend to go with a toasted bagel topped with a small smear of peanut butter and sliced banana.  Then, about 30-45 minutes before I race I'll have some sort of energy bar to inject some additional gylcogen to my muscles.

  • TJGerken Rookie 1 posts since
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    18. Oct 3, 2008 1:52 PM (in response to TheflyingG)
    Re: race day breakfast


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  • revere__1 Rookie 1 posts since
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    19. Oct 5, 2008 7:02 AM (in response to Swiddy805)
    Re: race day breakfast


    The one rule I think all will agree on don't try anything on race day that you haven't done in training



                I have a bagel with peanut butter but I always have a small cup of coffee. The famous Bill Rodgers cup of coffee for obvious reasons.... Drink fluids until fully hydrated



  • dalekeener Rookie 7 posts since
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    20. Oct 8, 2008 9:55 AM (in response to Swiddy805)
    Re: race day breakfast


    I will be running my second marathon next Sunday, the Columbus Marathon. I think I ate too much the night before the previous marathon. Would it be better for me to eat a bigger meal at lunch the day before and maybe just have a power bar or something the night before.






    What about prerace meals the day of a marathon...any tips???









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  • Jay Silvio We're Not Worthy 1,775 posts since
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    21. Oct 8, 2008 10:47 AM (in response to dalekeener)
    Re: race day breakfast
    dalekeener wrote:

    any tips???

    • avoid big meals for 36 hours before your race

    • avoid excess fat, bulk/roughage, and spicy foods during the last few days before your race

    • remember to drink plenty of fluids throughout the days leading up to your race

    • try spreading out your food intake into 4 or 5 smaller meals each day rather than 2 or 3 big ones

    • get up early so that you can finish your breakfast at least 3 hours before the race (this also helps your muscles to stretch out naturally)

    • pop an energy bar or gel, etc. 15-45 minutes before the start in order to elevate the glycogen supplies available to your muscles


    As for pre-race breakfasts, I like a bagel with a small smear of peanut butter and a sliced banana or, when it's cold out, a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon.  Don't forget to drink plenty of water.

    Good luck and happy running!


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