The night before a big race, runners everywhere are filling up on pasta, spaghetti and various other high carb foods. On race day they will need all of the energy they can find andÂ a carb heavy meal the night before and a decent sized breakfast 2-3 hours before the raceÂ are as important a part of a runner’s preparation as a good night’s sleep!
I’ve been running for about two and a half years now and before being diagnosed as celiac, my pre-race routine wouldÂ involveÂ going to myÂ favourite pizza and pasta bar theÂ evening beforeÂ to stock up on my carbs with a huge bowl of chicken and pepper penne arribiata.
Now thatÂ this is not longer an option and whilst there are some restaurants I could probably still go to for my carb fest, I feel much safer preparing my own pre-race dinner. I definitely don’t want to be glutenated at a time when I need every single piece of energy that my body can muster! These days my carb fest tends to be either a rice basedÂ dish or gluten free pasta/spaghetti with lots of veggies and a home made sauce.
My favouriteÂ night before simpleÂ gluten free carb fests:
Chilli con carne with rice (garlic, mince, kidney beans, tomatoes, peppers and/or various other veggies, chilli powder, black and red pepper,Â rice)
Gluten Free Spaghetti with spicyÂ bolognese (gf spaghetti, mince,Â tomatoes, basil,Â garlic, red and black pepper, peppers, carrots)
Sweet potato, spinach and chick pea curry with rice (sweet potato, spinach, chick peas, tomato, chilli,Â garam masala, peppers, rice)
Tuna, bean and veggie riceÂ with chilli, soy and horseradish sauce (rice, tuna, mixed beans, sweet corn, peppers, pineapple, chilli powder, gf soy, horseradish sauce)
Gluten Free kimchi and sweet potato pizza (gf pizza base, tomato puree, grated cheese, sweet potato, kimchi, basil)
What’s your favourite pre-race meal? Share your ideas in the comments..