I get a lot of questions of how I fuel myself for races. I would certainly say it depends on the distance of the race and if it is a travel race or a race close to home.
Well it all worked out perfectly because I went on a 6 hour travel race to Charlotte, North Carolina over break. So please enjoy this long wordy rambling post about food.
It all started on Friday morning at roughly 6:30am. I woke up and decided to make myself a few peanut flour pancakes before heading off on the road. Thank goodness I wasn’t driving the entire way by myself. I wouldn’t go, or I would go and get 1000 speeding tickets because I’m secretly a driver for Nascar. My dad and brother Matt, were coming along too.
Well if you want to get technical-dad and I were going along with Matt. But anyways-we will get to that when I chat you up about the race in a later post. So thus after peanut flour pancakes, we set off, by we I mean the broski, daddykins, and friend of the broski who was carpooling with us. I haven’t created a good nickname for him but just wait…it will come. My brothers entire high school was carpooling in separate cars and needed a few extra people so they asked me and then Dad wanted to come too (because he doesn’t trust Matt and I driving together…). We stopped at Subway around 10:50 am because they were starving. Or Matt was starving because he always is and never packs anything in the car. It reminded me middle school when we used to eat lunch at 11:00am. I got a subway salad because I like them a lot. taking from my quality phone camera.
After driving another 3 hours and getting to the course at roughly 3pm, we jogged it out twice (because who doesn’t love a good bonus round 5k) and it really flushed out my legs from the previous day of racing.
For dinner, we went to Cracker Barrel. I do not eat a heavy pasta dinner the night before any race. I feel worse if I do and it just isn’t my style, so I had fish and a baked potato. I actually have fish and potatoes before about 99% of my races if possible. Surprisingly, the rainbow trout was really good. I had never been to Cracker Barrel before but I loved it!
I figured the potato was the same as any other one so didn't include it in my photography...
Then we did some misc things and went to bed (passed out) pretty early. We were after all getting up at 5:30am. And my body hates me to run on anything less than 8 hours of sleep.
I had a Snickers Marathon Bar at 6:00 and 24 ounces of coffee when I awoke. They are my favorite bar ever and prerace early morning snack. Every single time.
I won’t give too many details of the race but it went pretty well. I’ll save it for another post.
I ended up eating hotel breakfast around 10:00 after the race. They were just closing so I was only really able to snag some oatmeal. They didn’t have anymore waffle stuff so I was sad for about 10 seconds. Then I realized I was hella hungry so it didn’t matter.
Yummy oatmeal in a plastic bowl.
After breakfast and a shower, dad and I went back to the course and cheered on lots of people. It was a great time but we ended up leaving around 2:00pm. I was so hungry.
Matt is so obsessed with chickfila. So that is where we stopped for lunch. Late lunch. Linner. Dunch. I don’t know. I got a grilled chicken sandwich and one of their normal sized fruit salads that I forgot to take a photo of.
Then we drove the 6 hours home. Either way we just snacked all the way home on gold fish and I had 2 24 ounce gas station coffees anyways…
Question for you:
- 1. What are some of your favorite prerace fuels?
- 2. What do you eat on travel days?