Contrary to what you might have heard, you don’t need to eat a pound of pasta the night before a race. In fact, you don’t want to load up on anything the whole week leading up to it. “Too much loading can lead to unloading during the race or immediately after, and that can be embarrassing,” says former Olympian Jeff Galloway. Galloway suggests eating a modest-sized dinner of whatever foods you know will sit well with you. For some people, that might mean fish, rice and vegetables, notes running coach Jenny Hadfield, and for others, a burger. Up your carbohydrate intake just a tad, and avoid sauces that have a lot of fat in them, Galloway adds, “because they can cause problems in digestion that can stick around the next morning.”
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