Many times, the race will have sponsors that provide food on site. Grab a banana, yogurt or sports drink to start the recovery process immediately.
“What are the best foods I should be eating during the week before and the morning of the Marathon race?”
The Day Before the Race. Many beginning runners hear that “carbo-loading” before a race is a good idea and mistakenly overindulge on enormous portions of carbohydrate-rich foods.
This is especially true for longer races, because the carbs you eat in the evening shore up your body’s energy stores.
Whether you're a runner, triathlete or cyclist, with your training plan nicely ticked off there's one last preparation hurdle before donning the lycra: what to eat on the day.
Cheese, ice cream and fried foods are examples of high fat foods. They should not be the main foods you are eating. Avoiding foods which may have negative effects on your particular body is critical to feeling your best on race day.
Plan to eat enough protein every day, including on race day, but you may not need as much as you think.
On race day it’s good to eat the last meal three to four hours before the start. No meal is more important than this. Having it right will ensure you are ready to do your best but having the wrong foods or eating the meal at wrong time may ruin your race.
It might be a tough pill to swallow, but trust us, a pizza-free night is much better than the alternative.
...environmental conditions, nutritional status leading into the event and nerves play a role in what and how much you need to eat the day before a race.