Other runners can eat within an hour of a hard run with no adverse side effects.
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[cyclingTips]: Try to finish your breakfast 2-3 hours before the race-start. Eat too soon before the race (especially since your first event is the run) and there’s a good chance you’ll feel sick.
Most runners I know will eat their breakfast about 2 hours before the race's start time, to be sure they won't be running with a heavy stomach.
This gets the engine running, and your body will thank you for a bit of fuel to start the run. Here are some ideas for pre-race fuel that you should have two hours before the start of the race: Oatmeal, black coffee, 1/2 banana, and water.
Eat up: Generally speaking, the longer the run, the more carbs you need. For races that last 90 minutes or longer, "increase your daily
Even if you only jog the occasional few miles, you've likely heard about marathoners carb-loading before a race or long run.
Close-up of athletes running a race. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images. As a sports dietician who has run 15 marathons, I get asked one question more than almost any other: What’s the right way to eat before a big run?
The Tempo or Race Pace Run. When you’re running hard for up to an hour you’re working above the anaerobic threshold, which means you’re using a lot of glycogen so you’ll want to top up with carbs.
Most people are confused about what to eat before running. The best thing to do would be to avoid experimenting with any new foods. Also avoid eating large meals 2 to 3 hours before the race.