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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if i am doing a half marathon at 10am what should i eat on race day and at what time. what foods should i avoid?

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Dr. Doug Mason
Podiatry 35 years experience
What works for you.: As a runner, I could not eat before a race no earlier than 2 hours before race time. Eating pasta the night before can be helpful. I don't know if there is any evidence based studies that can support all the theories out there on what to eat or not. I would eat a good breakfast no later than 8 AM. I would eat oatmeal and a big pasta dinner the night before.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what are some good foods for race day half marathons?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Race day? : Most 1/2 and full marathons begin am or late am. My plan was to carbo load the 2 or 3 days prior to the run and on ' game day' eat a bagel( no butter/ cream cheese )and gator aid for breakfast and that's it.I ran plenty distant races w/ this strategy. Really,your training before the race is most important.Just don't eat more than above( or similar) and keep up your fluid intake during the race! GL
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Last updated May 9, 2014


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