THEIR FIRST MEET and all through the school my cross-country team was eating brownies and pretzels while talking strategy and reaffirming that running is the best sport around.
Now my racers will only be doing 3.1 miles tomorrow and so my advice for them is to NOT change a thing in their dietary intake before the race. They are commanded (by me) to stick to whatever has worked for them in the past before cross-country practice (which is at the same time of day as the meet).
I had fish sticks last night which makes the best cheering/coaching fuel possible.
Ever wondered what the ELITES eat before their big races? HERE is an article from Running TImes that shows exactly what some of the fastest people in the world eat before they run a marathon in the same time that it takes me to watch 2 episodes of Chopped. I like this article a lot because it shows what they eat LEADING UP to the race, race day, during the race and AFTER!
You’ll see everything from corn dogs and french fries to an extra bowl of grape-nuts a day for a week.
I decided to follow Running Time’s format to show you what works for ME (everyone is different and you have to find what works best for you) because obviously 50 minutes slower than the elites=I am awesome too and clearly on my way to the Olympics.
Janae Jacobs, 25. UT
2010 Top of Utah Marathon PR: 3:04 I even won a lil mula to spend signing up for my next race. It is a viscious cycle this addiction to running is. Billy finally put down his foot and said we had to move the moose trophy to somewhere other than the center piece of our living room.
Leading Up: The week of the marathon I stop eating gallons of salad and broccoli a day. The two days before the race I quit my fiber addiction all together. Even peaches, sad but true. I do not want to be stuck in the porta potty while everyone is passing me running along with a huge smile on their face. I focus in on more whole grains and protein (think tuna fish or egg sandwiches because we are trying to live off of teachers salary and refuse to stop buying treadmills and bikes instead of pricier food). I drink lots of water all week long, gatorade and my favorite ‘night before race meal’ is cheese pizza and breadsticks. The night before my PR I also had a brownie with choclate chips mixed in that I think made me run speedier.
Race Day: I have never run a late race so I will just say what works for my usual 6 a.m. race start time. Bagel at 4:30 a.m. with banana and PB (I think I am going to change from pb to jam because I don’t eat the PB early enough to allow it enough time to digest and I end up cramping) and gatorade. About 25 minutes before gun time I eat a granola bar (Nature’s Valley) .
During: Switch off with gatorade and water at each aid station. I am a shot blocks lover. I eat half a pack every 5k starting at around 60 minutes. Still trying to figure this one out and wondering if I should start taking in fuel besides gatorade before the 60 minute mark.
After: Pizza Pie Buffet. It is tradition. The night of the marathon we go to my favorite salad, pizza, pasta, dessert pizza buffet.
Any last minute advice, mantras or awesome quotes that I can share with my team today? They race after school so I still have some time to work on them mentally! What makes you PUSH yourself to do your best while running/working out?
What about you and your nutrtion for races….Leading up? Race day? During? After?