A few podcasts ago, we talked with Mark Lantz, Erik Skaden and Jimmy Dean Freeman about their training secrets. Late in the podcast, the topic of pre-race meals came up. We heard some interesting responses, but one fairly uninamous item stood out. Below are these three guys’ typical pre-race intake:[quote author=”Mark Lantz”]Coffee. Early in the season, maybe some toast or something. Sometimes, later in the season…I won’t eat nothin'[/quote] [quote author=”Erik Skaden”]Coffee. I’ll show up at the start of the run…and then use gels…and eat something substantial afterwards.[/quote] [quote author=”Jimmy Dean Freeman”]Coffee. On race day, I either get up like 3 1/2 hours before race start and I’ll do some yogurt and a green shake…and then literally go back to bed. OR I won’t do anything, and I’ll hit the gels about five minutes into the race.[/quote]
Hmm, noticing a trend? Well, no coffee for me! I (Tim) prefer a small wheat bagel with some peanut butter and honey washed down with some water.
Now please share YOUR favorite pre-race meal, snack or drink and why you have chosen it.
Below is some reading related material for any of you wishing to dive a little deeper.
- Five prerace nutrition mistakes
- Train High or Low with Carbohydrate?
- Pre-race carbs and marathon pace
- Science of Running, Nutrtion Q & A
PS – did anyone else spot Jimmy Dean in Ultrarunning Magazine’s latest issue?