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Does anyone else have problems with performance when racing in the morning compared to the evening? I have always felt much better and raced much better in the evening when (presumably because) I have been able to eat and hydrate properly throughout the day. When I do morning races I always feel like I am lacking in energy and just don't feel 'up for it'.
For instance, my 10k PB is 37.20 and I know I am in the same kind of form because I ran a 4 mile race last night and finished under the pace of 6 min miling yet when I did a 10k on a Sunday morning 2 weeks ago i finished in 40.12 and felt rubbish whilst doing it compared to feeling fresh last night. It was a similar kind of course and I have done enough races to know that bad days happen and all that but this is a common theme for me.
I always have a decent breakfast normally of cereals and fruit at least 2 hours before racing in a morning but I think there is something else to it that I can't put my finger on. This has been a problem for the last couple of years now so just looking to see what some of you other experienced runners do and if other people have the same sort of problem. Training runs are less of an issue as I naturally tend to be less 'on the edge' so it only really is noticeable in races where that extra oomph seems to be missing. I know what works for 1 person might not/won't work for me but looking for some ideas as to why it might be like this aside from hydration/food.