what do you have for breakfast before a 5K???

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    Mar 10, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    Hello!

    I run just for fun, for a couple of year now but this Sunday is going to be my first real 5K. I'm excited and nervous at the same time!!! Any advice on what should I have for breakfast before the competition???

    Should I rest on Saturday or do some exercise (I've been combining my running with Crossfit training) or a short run? ??

    thanks for the ideas!
  • monet

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    Mar 10, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    A Butter Poached Lobster Shooter, of course!

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    Mar 10, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    It's a 5K, you probably don't need to do anything different from what you normally do when you go for a run.

    Also, it's generally not a good idea to experiment with diet/training so close to race day. Your body might not like the sudden change. Like I said above, just stick to your normal routine. And have fun. icon_cool.gif
  • Ironman4U

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    Mar 10, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    For a 5K, it won't make much difference because you won't deplete yourself on the run. But getting something in your stomach an hour or more before the race would be good. It could be anything like:

    Bagel
    Oatmeal
    Powerbar
    Banana (with peanut butter)
    Cereal

    If there is something else that you are used to eating before your morning runs, that would be fine too.

    Light exercise on Saturday would be fine. Even doing a few 50-100 yard sprints after some stretching and warming up would be a good way to get yourself ready for Sunday. Give yourself some time mentally to think about your race. Know what you want to do and how you want to feel. For example, what do you want your pace to be? Would you like to do a negative split or just keep it steady? It's easy to get caught up in the adrenaline of the race and not have a strategy. Thinking through it in advance will make you feel more comfortable, relaxed and in control for the race.

    Good luck and enjoy!
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    Mar 10, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    Like everyone said, it's a 5k so you don't really need to worry about what your foods are...as long as it's not an all-you-can-eat.
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    Mar 10, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    What's already been said is solid advice when it comes to eating. As for exercising the day before the race - I've heard many different opinions on this. I think the most common opinion is to not exercise at all the day before a race. (This goes for all races from 5K to ultramarathons) Don't ask me why. For all we know, it could just be superstition. icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 10, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    thanks for the info!!! I know 5K is not big deal hehe... but I'm really excited. I didn't know about the strategy.... I'll like the idea of the negative split. I was planning to do something like that... keep a fast pace and sprint in the last half kilometer.
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    I always advise as a pre 5-10K race meal:

    Greek yogurt with some nuts and or fruit.

    Day before: no major weight training, no runs. Just something to keep you warmed up and limber. Maybe a little yoga, (some time in the cobra pose will help stabilize your lower back muscles and help you with posture during the race,) maybe some push ups, dips, core work. Nothing that will throw your body into major repair status.
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
    You probably shouldn't eat before a race
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    Mar 10, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    Yeah, what atl2 said.

    I'm a bit mystified by most of the responses here. I'm a competetive runner - I expect to at least medal in my age group in every race I run - and I would never dream of eating breakfast before a race. Do you want your blood diverted to your stomach to digest food, instead of aerating your muscles?

    My normal Saturday routine is to work out in the gym, then work out on the track, then shower and have breakfast. I usually wake up around 7:00 and eat nothing until about 10:30.

    As a mid-distance specialist, I'm also disappointed in the number of people who said, "It's ONLY a 5k." To me, a one-mile race is just as difficult as a marathon, and I feel just as wrecked afterward - because in both cases I push myself to the limit.

    Don't run the day before, or do any other kind of aerobic or endurance workout. You'll feel much fresher for the race. But a light workout in the gym is fine. The morning of the race, maybe have a little juice for a sugar fix, and a couple glasses of water to make sure you're properly hydrated. That's enough.

    And, don't worry about starving. After virtually every race they hand out oranges or bananas, and sometimes even power bars or bagels. It's social, it's fun, and you might even meet some hot guys.