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A common question among athletes is:

“What should I eat before an event?”

The answer to this question depends on the type of event and what time you will be competing. In most cases, a meal representative of what an endurance athlete should eat 2 to 4 hours before an event is appropriate; however, there are exceptions. If you’re running in a marathon or other long distance race, it’s best to have a carbohydrate-rich snack 3 hours beforehand so that your muscles can get fuel for the duration of the race.

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If you’re competing in a shorter event, it’s best to eat something light an hour before the start of your event. This will give your body time for digestion so that blood sugar levels don’t fluctuate too much during competition. Lastly, if you aren’t sure when your race is or how long it lasts, always err on the side of caution and stick to what works best: a carbohydrate-rich snack about two hours beforehand.

This ensures enough energy for optimal performance without feeling sluggish at any point during the activity because of low energy reserves. A common question among athletes is “What should I eat before an event?” The answer to this question depends on the type of event and what time you will be.

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