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What to eat before a big race

By: Canadian Living
Canadian Living
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What to eat before a big race

By: Canadian Living
The night before a big run or triathlon, all I want to do is eat as much as humanly possibly. It makes no sense and I know that I'm just panic eating. But it's not a good idea. "One of the biggest things is to not drastically change your eating patterns pre-race," says Toronto-based fitness expert Brent Bishop. oatmeal This weekend I'm participating in the Sporting Life 10K, raising funds for Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with cancer, so I asked Bishop what I should be eating and when. (And, shameless plug, there's still time to donate!) "Don’t try something new the night before as you don’t know how your stomach is going to react to it," he reminds me. Okay, must keep things consistent. That being said, I think I can sneak in a few extra carbs before race day just to prep by body. And what should I eat the morning of? "It is a good idea to stay away from higher fat and higher fiber foods as they can cause GI issues during the run.  My breakfast would entail steel cut oatmeal with berries and eggs," says Bishop. I'm a big oatmeal fan so that's likely the best pre-race food because my body is used to it. I also try to eat my meals about two to three hours before any big workout so I can't feel it sloshing around and then have a small snack an hour or a half hour before like half a banana. What's your favourite pre-race meal or snack? Good luck to everyone else racing this season!
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