Last year I ran a lot of races, and suffered from a lost of post-race GI issues. I’ve tried different approaches to pre-race eating, race day fuel, and post-race food, and finally am figuring out what works–thank goodness, because I was on the verge of giving up racing!
Race-Day: My go-to race day breakfast has become a Kashi® waffle drizzled with syrup and topped with sliced banana.
If I’m feeling hungry or need to leave the house early, I will bring a crunchy peanut butter granola bar to eat closer to race time.
Post-Race: When I am afraid of post-race GI issues, the last thing I want to do is eat, but I have found that if I eat the right thing soon after I finish, my stomach is more settled the rest of the day. It also seems that eating small snacks every few hours helps keep my stomach from revolting.
My favorite thing to have right after a race is a soft, chewy bagel.
(My GW Parkway Classic bagel–I couldn’t wait!)
At this year’s GW Parkway Classic, they had bagels and bananas, and also gave out these:
The label says that the foods provide the right balance of nutrients to aid recovery.
I didn’t investigate the box until after I had eaten the rest of my bagel in an open-faced egg and cheese sandwich, so you will understand why I tried the square of Belgian dark chocolate first. 🙂
A few hours later I snacked on the cheese and crackers–they really hit the spot. Once I was confident that my stomach was not going to revolt, I had another snack.
By then I knew I was in the clear, and could enjoy a normal dinner.
Do you have set foods that you eat before a race?
Is your stomach finicky on race day?