At this point in your training period, your general nutrition strategy should be on point. You may even have pre, during and post-workout preferences. Now is time to test it all out - during smaller training events - so you’ll be good to go come race day.
Even though you have been training hard and eating right leading up to the event, keep in mind that race day can somehow feel different. Some people get nervous, can’t sleep, have stomach issues, etc. It’s best you complete a few test races just to see how you react, especially since smaller races are likely a part of your training plan.
When testing your plan during a smaller event, be sure to stick with your race day nutrition plan exactly to see how it goes.
Whatever you plan to eat for breakfast on race day, do that in your training as well. Try it out. Take notes. See what works and what doesn’t. Don’t forget to note the timing, too.
While your training event will likely be smaller, keep in mind your race demands. What is the right amount of hydration? Will your go-to energy source be enough to help you go the distance? Now is the time to test your plan and figure it out.
Though often neglected, refueling is necessary so your body can begin to repair itself and be ready for the next go-round. There should be two parts to refueling: immediate recovery and your next meal.
Remember, we all need to spend some extra time practicing our race day nutrition strategy. It may seem like a hard puzzle to put together at first, but if you test it out enough, you’ll be able to put together all the pieces so you can execute on race day.
This is the fourth in a series of five nutrition related blog posts from P3R Event & Program Dietician Nick Fischer. He is a Registered Dietitian with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Seton Hill University. Stop back each month for nutrition and planning tips if you're looking for nutritional and dietary guidance while training for the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events.