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Running a Half marathon next week and will be staying in a Travelodge (No kitchen) Usually have porridge but of course won't be able to.
Just wondering what others munch on before races in the same situation.
Eating before races is very individual, so the best advice is to do what you normally do before a run and not change too much. So if porridge works for you normally try and stick to it, maybe get a pot of porridge, they sell them in M&S and Pret amongst others, where you just add hot water.
Failing that, a flapjack bar would probably be quite similar.
Good luck with the race.
I don't eat before a race but I like to drink fluids - well sip at a bottle of water with plj.
Porridge made with water tastes fine, you could add a knob of butter though.
if you take the porridge from m&s & your milk i bet if you ask really nicely at reception the staff there would probably have a microwave in their tea room... worth a try!! I like you always have milk on my porridge, hate it made with water & have done this a few times before marathons & been in other countries & they have always been only happy to help!
Good luck x
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I usually go with a bagel with peanut butter and a banana if I'm staying away from cooking facilities (and yes, I have taken little tubs of peanut butter through airport security as hand luggage). But leave at least two hours to digest, and whatever you have make sure you try it out before a training run in advance.
Thank you everyone, helpful suggestions from you all. Thank you for the well wishes too.
I have been testing out porridge this week with boiling water, leaving to soak for 1-2 mins covered, then adding enough milk to make it taste nicer but not enough to make it go cold. Not of course as yummy as my usual version but will be good for the morning of the GNR & other races.
A bagel with peanut butter is up there too. This might go into my bag for after the race. Depending.
A smoothie sounds lovely but it would have to be in my bag for 24 hours. Not so lovely...
I'm pretty chilled about hotel brekkies the morning before a race these days. My second marathon was Paris and I was a bit concerned that there wouldn't be an opportunity to have my usual porridge. As it was I didn't feel very hungry in the morning and breakfast was half a roll, a coffee, OJ and some water. Didn't stop me running a PB and a negative split.
Since then I've been happy to eat whatever is on offer that has a bit of carb in it. Any cereal's OK as long as it's not tooo high fibre, or a couple of slices of toast. I think the evening meal the day before - plus sensible taper, sleep, hydration, etc. - is just as important as being able to fit in your usual race morning breakfast routine.
Agree its personal thing but I swear by 2 poached egss on toast!!! No cooker......bugger that i bring my single gas stove for camping!!! with a little thing that does toast on a hob!!
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