Mmmmmmm……Let’s talk about food. What’s your go-to breakfast on a race day and how early do you get up to eat?
Banana and spoon full of peanut butter. I Wake up at least. 1 1/2 -2 hours before race time…..but I still consider myself a newbie at races so I get nervous I am going to forget something etc. — Linda Straub
About an hour before I leave the house, I have a protein shake and a cup of tea. — Tom Toale
When I was in my 20s & early 30s I had nothing but water. Now that I’m older (and theoretically wiser) I’ll have a half of a bagel with nothing on it. If the race is longer (like a half marathon) I will also have a small banana to top off my glycogen stores. And water – always water. — Sandie Sweet
Short race: bagel with peanut butter. Long race, add a banana. — Patrick Krott
Banana with peanut butter one hour before. — Amy Morrow
Banana and water 1hr before race — Kristen Gehrlein
Whole grain waffle with peanut butter on it and some sliced banana. I fold it like a sandwich & eat it in the car. — Rhonda Berlin
A Cliff bar, one cup of coffee and water. — Lisa Shade
I eat 2 hours before, usually a bagel with peanut butter or a chewy almond trail bar! Oh and coffee!! — Karen Groshek
I try to eat a bagel before my annual marathon, but am usually nervous enough that I can’t even finish it. I really wish more races were in the afternoon/evening, I ain’t a morning runner. — Michael Morris
Either oatmeal with honey and cup coffee, or English muffin with honey and cup coffee. — Ginny Sackett
Peanut butter on half a bagel and a banana—–PLUS a couple cups of coffee—-all a few hours before the run! — Sarah Rose
Greek yogurt and an English muffin! 45min before — Suzanne Clickett
Like many of you, my pre-race meal depends on how long the race is. For a shorter race (anything less than a 15K), I usually just grab a banana. For a 15K or half marathon, I try to eat 2 hours prior and stick with a bowl of Cheerios or a bagel with peanut butter and water, of course.
I rarely eat before training runs — even long runs — though I sometimes eat a banana if I had dinner early the night before.
Marathon Morning Meal Advice
Check out this Runners World video for tips on what to eat on marathon morning and what to look for on room service menus for breakfast on your big day.
Speaking of food — check out this recipe I’m loving this week for Butternut Squash with Apples . While it’s a pain to cut up the squash, this is one delish autumn dish.