A Runner’s Ode To The Pre-Race Carbo Load

Elite runner Alexi Pappas pens a tribute to a runner's favorite pre-race meal: pasta.


Pasta Present

The night before
I’m filled with nerves

instead of brave
I squirm like worms.

You bring to me
a pasta bowl—

my steaming mountain
better than gold

with mush inside
I am now whole.

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