I am a night owl…yet I find I do not run well at night. I do my best training in the morning, go figure, I hate getting up early. Last year when I was getting ready for the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, I researched fueling up since I am not used to running so late at night. As a part of a Virtual Blog Hop I am hosting with DISTherapy, I give you my tips on how to fuel up for a night race.
Leading up to the race, the most important thing is in your training, start testing out what you plan on eating leading up to and during the race. Easy to digest foods tend to give runners the least issues, and everyone is different so this is personal and trial and error. My normal during the race regimen is to drink water at every water station, if its hot, I do water then electrolyte beverage rotation every other stop. I like GU and Blocks and take them 15 minutes prior to start, then every 45 minutes with water. That is what works for me.
I did a little research to try to help out others who are wondering what to do and came up with the following tips:
I know when I was planning the Wine and Dine Race day last year, I had no idea WHAT to eat. I ate a hearty kids meal breakfast of eggs, fruit and Mickey Waffle. For lunch sushi was on the menu. I had a vegetarian roll and some potstickers. I snacked on a banana and yogurt and carried a bagel with peanut butter to the start. We sat around a while before lining up and I ate the bagel and sipped my water. It did seem to work well however at mile 11, my legs started to cramp up, so I know I could have done better. My on course regimen is Gu gel every 15 minutes prior to race start then every 45 minutes seemed to keep me going.
Here are some tips I found for race day which I will be following for the runDisney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 miler:
You have trained, so during the race, stick with what works for you! I tried sports beans once towards the end of a race and my stomach cramped up, learned my lesson the hard way. Do NOT try any new food on race day. By staying safe with what you know you will finish strong and be able to enjoy the after party.
What tips do you have for those running their first night race regarding fuel?