Nutrition

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That Was Then The time-honored athletic tradition of topping off fuel reserves before a big effort or race, gave rise to the ubiquitous pre-race pasta dinner. Carbohydrates are essential, but a heavy meal the night before a race can leave runners feeling sluggish at the starting line.

That Was Then

The time-honored athletic tradition of topping off fuel reserves before a big effort or race, gave rise to the ubiquitous pre-race pasta dinner. Carbohydrates are essential, but a heavy meal the night before a race can leave runners feeling sluggish at the starting line.

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Racers need carbohydrates to run, but emerging trends suggest incorporating more carbohydrates into your diet a couple of days before a race, instead of loading up on pasta the night prior. If a pasta meal is part of your pre-race ritual, consider enjoying it two nights out from an event, or even for lunch the day before. Ideally, your pre-race meal should be on the lighter side and include a mix of easy to digest carbohydrates and protein, like the salmon and quinoa (pictured). Pay attention to nutrition as you train so you know what works best come race day.