Hey all, Let’s get this party started! I know cross season is several months away, but it’s never too early to plan ahead. Many of you are training for cross season now so you should also be dialing in your pre-nutrition plan. You can play around with it now and once the season’s here you should know what works best for you! Here is what has worked for me over the years.
As far as food goes, I eat either a cup of plain oatmeal with two eggs or 3/4 cup of brown rice with two eggs about 3 hours before the start. Nothing else. For fluids, I constantly drink water leading up to the start. If it’s cold out, I drink a large cup of coffee or double espresso about 20-30 minutes before the start. If it’s warm I will drink a can of Rockstar Energy Drink - Fruit Punch about 20-30 minutes before the start. I know, I know… it sounds odd, but it works for me. It get’s me to the start line with all of my food digested and I don’t have that heavy feeling in my stomach. I have no issues with the coffee or Rockstar, but I also know I have strong stomach when it comes to food and a hard training or race effort.
What works for you?