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5 Foods to Avoid Before a Race


Written by Jade Spilka

Whether you’re already a serious runner or you’re just now beginning your fitness journey, it is important to fuel your body with the proper nutrients it needs. Food has a huge impact on your body and the way it performs. Knowing what foods to avoid before a race is helpful knowledge that will improve both your time and experience.

  1. High-fiber foods: High-fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables are an excellent choice most of the time, but these foods are hard to digest. It is best to avoid these options the night before or morning of a race.
  2. High-fat foods: High-fat foods digest slowly and will feel heavy in your stomach.
  3. Large meals: When your race is within the next couple hours, be sure to eat a small portion. According to, you should eat a 300- to 400- calorie meal containing carbs, protein and healthy fats two hours before your run, and a 150-calorie snack containing easily digestible carbs and a little protein one hour before your run.
  4. Packaged snacks: Packaged snacks are often filled with fat and added sugar. Be sure to carefully read the label before eating any packaged snack before you run.
  5. Something new: Stick to the food you know in the week leading up to a race. You never know how a new food will affect your body.
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