Reader Recs: Best Pre-Race Food For Sensitive Stomachs

We asked and you answered. Now see what fellow readers recommend to eat pre-race.


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Today, we asked our readers:
What are your recommended pre-race foods for someone with a sensitive stomach?

Here’s what some of our readers had to say…

…on Facebook:

Katie Stock: I’m someone who suffers from a very sensitive tummy. Don’t eat anything new before a race stick to something simple like toast and peanut butter. Be careful with caffeine I can’t drink any before a race stick to herbal tea or water. An try keep relaxed. Be careful wot you eat the night before pasta upsets me so I stick to a good old jacket potato just find what’s best for you a few weeks before the race do a food test eat as if you were doing a race that day even do a run a see how you feel you will soon know.

Jessica Johnson: I have half a bagel with peanut butter about 2 hours before and a banana about an hour before. It took a LOT of trial and error to balance the sensitive running stomach with mid-run hunger, but this seems to do the trick.

Jenny Senior: Oatmeal with almond butter and fruit.

Michelle Schimelfening: A veteran coach told me to eat what I wouldn’t mind throwing up. I know that sounds gross, but it is true. Something bland like peanut butter and 1/2 a bagel or toast- I have more “plumbing” issues than stomach, but still try to stay away from spicy or salads day before and event.

Brenda Sheets Fischer: I have really good luck with kind bars. The fewer ingredients the better.

Kaitlin Dolan: Late July organic peanut butter crackers

…on Twitter:

@dclorix: My go to is 1/4 cup dry quick oats mixed with 3/4 c water & 1c mixed berries. On run fuel = dried dates

@runner26ali: Best pre-race food…@pickybars#runchat

@Zipper_zap: A baked sweet potato

@activefueling: Eat 2-3 hours pre-race, proper #hydration and try: bananas, low fiber cereal, bagel w PB, or low-fat smoothie

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