Do you eat anything before a race? This is something I’ve experimented with and it seems that the answer varies from person to person. Some can’t run with food in their stomach while others can’t run with empty stomachs. I’ve tried both and find that I do better if I eat something before a race.
I usually have coffee with rusks or coffee with toast and honey about 2 hours before a race. I try to do the same always and will have the same before a 10km race as I would before a marathon or ultra. The idea is to get used to the same stomach content and even pre-race routine when preparing for the race ahead. If I’m running a longer race I’ll have a gel or gu 15 minutes before the start as well. When I’m training I drink water only before my run but will sometimes have a gel if the run is longer than 15km.
At the moment this seems to work for me so I’m not changing anything. What is your favorite pre-race meal or do you prefer an empty stomach?