Question by  nlscobalt (16)

Can you recommend what to eat before a cross country meet?


Answer by  run10 (18)

As a cross country coach I tell my athletes to stick to foods that they normally eat. Don't eat anything you haven't tried before. Stay away from greasy foods and foods high in fat. Easily digestible foods such as carbohydrates (bread, bagels, crackers etc) will keep you full and provide the nutrition your body needs to have a great race.


Answer by  eyeguy (3760)

Cross country running requires the ability to maintain pace and speed over an extended period of time. During the race your body will burn large amounts of carbs and protein. Long distance Olympic runners have long used Carbo-loading before a big race for decades. Try a snack high in carbs, protein in order to have a surplus during the race


Answer by  apsaras (408)

You should eat plenty of carbohydrates before the meet as they are digested quickly and will provide you with the energy needed. Foods like pasta, rice, bread and cereal are high in carbohydrates and particularly suitable several hours before the race. Avoid foods that are high in fat and protein.


Answer by  lilian (397)

Many people recommend eating plenty of complex carbohydrates, such as old fashioned oats, whole grain pasta, and whole grain breads. Fruit is also a good choice. Keep hydrated.


Answer by  sc1234 (1319)

I would recommend eating a lot of carbohydrates in the days leading up to the meet, along with a lot of water to go along with it to make sure that you're hydrated.

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