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25/08/2002 at 19:48
Me, I'm quite boring and tend to stick to pasta in a herb sauce with plenty of fresh bread the evening before and in the morning I have one weetabix followed by one slice of toast with jam and a large glass of orange juice.

I'm sure there must be some other more exciting 'go fast food' that people eat before a race.
25/08/2002 at 19:52
Sorry mate, but that's pretty much what I gulp down pre-activity, except I take about 2 litres of water and some wine gums as well. Don't know why but it seems to do the job.
Oh and a few lagers afterwards - apres run is important too!
25/08/2002 at 21:16
Macaroni cheese (properly made!) - rocket fuel, tried and tested. s.
25/08/2002 at 21:33
Bananas and waffles with syrup - hi carbs but a definite sugar high risk built in.
25/08/2002 at 22:29
Usually same sensible choice as you - pasta etc. For breakfast muesli or porridge.

Tonight, before tomorrow's 1/2m, English Lakes icecream and a bowl of cereal, due to arriving home feeling car sick. Will report race effect tomorrow!
25/08/2002 at 22:31
BTW Hilly, meant to thank you for your post long run drink tip of diluted orange juice with a pinch of salt - had that after my last very hot race and it really made me feel better.
26/08/2002 at 13:22
So I take it a big breakfast on the morning of a race isn't a good idea?

Had 6 extra thick slices of hot buttered toast on Sunday morning, 3 hours before a long run and I was fine.

How are you supposed to have the energy to run for two and a half hours after a weetabix and one slice of toast? I'd be starving before I even set off.

26/08/2002 at 13:53

I'm with achilles on this one. Maccaroni cheese the night before is a must - with bacon and mushroom 'bits', covered in tinned tomato and lots of white pepper....Yum Yum Yum.

Race day I never eat cereal (too risky - all that fibre) but generally have two pieces of toast (marmite and cheese spread), glass of orange juice and one/two glasses of Isostar.

Post race - anything! But usually a bacon sandwich and a banana.
26/08/2002 at 13:59
If the race isn't too early, a couple of Mr Kipling Lemon Slices an hour and a half before the race, on top of a small bowl of cereal and 2 slices of toast & jam, plus a bottle of Lucozade Sport.
26/08/2002 at 15:13
Martin - no, no, no, for heaven's sake. bacon and mushroom bits, tinned tomatoes????? Really good fontina, parmesan, gruyere and nothing else, apart from a perfectly made bechamel - foodie heaven. What have they been teaching you over there in Germany??? you'll be putting marmite in your macaroni cheese next. s.
26/08/2002 at 15:28
Some interesting food choices here guys. I quite fancy the Lemon Slices and the Maccaroni Cheese.

Burnley while I love toast I couldn't possibly even get 6 slices inside my stomach. 2 at the most and that would make me full. I'm only a small person!

Laura, glad the simple recipe of orange juice and salt worked for you. I use it regularly through the summer months.

Also, another thing I've found to help me recover fast after a long or hard session especially when marathon training is to drink a meal replacement drink such as Complan as soon as I get indoors. I've found that since doing this that I suffer few muscles aches after a long/hard run and am able to carry on training the next day without it being uncomfortable.
26/08/2002 at 15:38
nothing else? Not even a bit of Maccaroni? ;0) Seriously though, a bowl full of that with a big dollop of ketchup...
26/08/2002 at 15:38

Another favorite of mine is Cottage Pie (or shepherd's pie depending on where you come from) BUT mixed with baked beans and lots of brown sauce (must be HP).

Seriously - try maccaroni cheese with smoked streaky bacon, It'll change your life!
26/08/2002 at 15:41
I like slices of toast with smooth peanut butter,topped of with chopped up banana

26/08/2002 at 16:02
I've never tried the toast with smooth peanut butter and banana. I will though! I do like toast spread with jam and mashed banana.

I'm feeling quite hungry reading this thread!
26/08/2002 at 17:16
Martin -

Cottage pie, baked beans and HP - mmmmmm, when was the last time I had that? sounds like a great idea. I always thought Cottage Pie was made with beef whereas Shepherd's pie was made with lamb, or is that a myth?

Burnley - now you remind me, I should have said proper macaroni cheese doesn't have macaroni. use only best quality penne!

Comfort food sounds high on everybody's list of favourites, which makes a lot of sense. Far better than the fiery Thai meal that I was obliged to eat before the Dublin marathon last year - couldn't get into any other restaurants as we hadn't booked, and yes, it was delicious but definitely not the kind of nosh you want to go for before a big race! s.
26/08/2002 at 17:19
Pie power for the day before.

On the day, just the usual of porridge made with soya milk, plus a banana and cup of tea.

26/08/2002 at 18:50
One of my favourites for lunchtime when at work is beetroot sandwiches-full of carbohydrate!
26/08/2002 at 18:57

Marmite in macaroni cheese is really good for obvious reasons!

26/08/2002 at 19:10
MM - is that white marmite, or will the black stuff still do? s.
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