How to fuel for a night race

It is one week to the Sundown Marathon! By now, you should have put in the mileage necessary and also have a nutrition/hydration plan at your disposal. However, if you are the last-minute type and are still worrying on what to eat and/or drink before your race this Saturday, here are some tips for you!

You can't sleep anymore after having a good night of sleeping in. It has got nothing to do with pre-race jitters, and you are worried you might have done or ate something wrong that is keeping you up. One of those worries also involves knowing what to eat before your crucial race because you don't want to feel uneasy during the race. Follow these tips and we ensure you won't crap your pants during the race!

Disclaimer: If you do indeed crap your pants, know that we will not be held responsible or liable!

Eat as per normal (with some slight changes)

Breakfast (>8 hours before race start): It is crucial to have a hearty breakfast in the morning - especially if you are racing a half or full marathon - then reduce your food intake gradually as you get closer to the starting time. You will have plenty of time to digest your food, and won't go hungry right till lunch time. Try to avoid your favourite Roti Prata, or oily vegetarian food though! You won't want to have problems digesting the greasy and spicy food unless you are used to it.

Lunch (>4 hours before race start): Following the previous article, have something that sits well in your stomach. Scale down the portion and eath something that's easily digestible, but satiable. Maybe half your usual cai png portion with a fruit? 

Dinner: If you are still feeling hungry, have something light as pre-race fuel. An energy bar will suffice, or if you prefer, 2 slices of bread with peanut butter! Have what you usually consume before your morning runs, and you are good to go. If you still feel you are going to get hungry in the start pen, consider energy gels or chews to nibble on!

Keep hydrated throughout the day

This is pretty obvious - but make it extra obvious on race day. Keep a bottle of water at arm's length the whole day and sip from it every now and then to stay hydrated. Aim to drink at least a litre of water before the race, and if you still feel thirsty, bring a disposable bottle of water/sports drink into the start pen with you!

Avoid nervous eating

We understand your anxiety and we feel your nervousness. However, please don't fall into the trap of finishing that whole packet of The Golden Duck's Salted Egg Potato Crisps along with those packets of Tokyo Banana your friend gave you, unless you don't mind visiting a portaloo every 1-2KM through your race.

Take your mind off the race and find something to do. Engage in your Dota 2 game, Netflix & Chill, catch the latest Logan movie if you haven't already or do whatever you have to do so you don't get nervous and overeat!


We hope these tips serve as a great help to calm your nerves come race day - be it the Sundown Marathon or any other night races in Singapore and beyond! Trust in the process and keep believing, you will surely get there.


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