Race Week Nutrition 411

Race week nutrition is something that you need to take very seriously if you are not doing that already. During race week this is your opportunity to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to have a successful performance. If you do this right it can make a big difference in optimizing your performance on race day. Here are my three tips on how to have great race week nutrition!


Tip #1 Back away from the weird foods you have never eaten before

What I mean is that it is important you are not trying some strange new recipes or spices during race week. Potentially you could get sick, have heartburn, diarrhea, constipation or bloating. You do not want to show up on race day alternating between having diarrhea and constipation. You will not feel ideal for your race.


Tip #2 Pre race nutrition should be something you have practiced

You shouldn't be trying a new breakfast the morning of your race. What I mean by this is say you eat oatmeal every morning but you have never eaten it before you run hard. Something you should know is your stomach is completely different on race day. Think about it, on race day you are probably nervous and you may be running farther than you have before. This combination makes food harder to digest in your belly. So if you are going to have oatmeal on race morning it should be something you have practiced before hand. My suggestion is to stick with the breakfast or pre workout snack you have been having while doing your training.


Tip #3 Carb loading

This topic can be controversial but I like to carb load. I recommend it to my clients but I also have them do a test run before race week to see if it is something they want to do.


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