One nutritionist and ultra runner doesn’t think so.
There’s an ongoing debate amongst runners as to the efficacy of loading up on carbohydrates the day before a long race such as a marathon or half-marathon.
Men’s Fitness asked Abby McQueeney Penamonte, a registered dietitian and nutrition coach, who equates pre-race nutrition to academics.
“Nutrition and training are a lot like school,” she said. “You have to put in the work and make good choices day after day. Unfortunately you can’t cram for a test and be successful. Likewise, don’t expect to eat well only the day before and notice improvements.”
She went on to point out that the big pasta meal the night before is no longer popular amongst running nutritionists.
So what should runners eat?
“Eat what you normally have used in training,” she says. “Instead of paying attention to what you’re eating only the night before, make changes to your diet a few months out to improve performance.