You all know the term carb loading and we all take advantage of this before race day. Let’s be honest, race day eve is normally our excuse to eat all the things but all the things could really hurt your performance. I’ll tell you what works for me and maybe this will work for you too.
Remember everyone’s bodies are different and react to foods differently so you really need figure things out as you go. I would test out certain meals the evening before a long run and see how my body handles it.
One thing I’ve learned (the hard way) is to not eat anything out of the ordinary before a race, stick to what your body knows or you may pay for it. Once I ate Thai food the night before a planned 20km run with my group and had to visit every corner stores toilet, it wasn’t fun at all.
The week before a big race, I really try and keep my meals bland and basic. I stay away from fibrous complex carbs such as veggies, fruits and beans and stick to the more starchy complex carbs like whole wheat pasta, brown rice, white and sweet potato’s.
A bowl of spaghetti, chicken and rice, home fries and meatballs or even a baked sweet potato and a juicy steak are on my menu. I like a carb with a meat protein, that’s just me.
Once your race is over you can eat all the things if you wish but you also need to be careful because after a really long run like a marathon distance your stomach tends to shut down a little to allow your body to repair other parts of you, your stomach may not digest foods very well. A more liquid or soft foods is normally recommended for a couple days after a big race.
But I’m a bit of a rebel and go straight for the pizza pie!