Q: Dinner the night before a race?

Lauren,

What do you eat the night before a morning race?

Josh, New York

 

A:

Josh

When I’m traveling I can’t cook for myself, so I order something on the menu resembling grilled or roasted chicken, rice or potatoes, and some kind of vegetable.  I avoid creamy, heavy, fibrous, or risky foods.

Water with no ice is best for digestion, and sometimes i’ll have a glass of red wine if I’m feeling uptight.  But the key is eating a snack bar with a small glass of water in the middle of the night when I wake up to pee, even if I’m not hungry.  Tops up the glycogen stores, and choosing something balanced (Picky Bars for example) helps you avoid a sugar high, like some other bars.

-Lauren