Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, obstacle course racer, human performance consultant, speaker and author of 13 books, including the New York Times Bestseller Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life.
In 2008, Ben was voted as NSCA’s Personal Trainer of the year and in 20 was named by Greatist as one of the top 100 Most Influential People In Health And Fitness.
Just make sure to avoid anything that can cause any stomach issues during the event!
If your event starts early in the morning and you prefer to just skip breakfast, then you will be just fine as long as you ate a nutritious meal the night before.
Hydration is key when it comes to avoiding muscle cramps and premature fatigue.
If you're looking for a deeper dive, you can check out an article I wrote called "How I Avoided Gut Rot, Ate Pure Corn Starch, And Won The Leadman Triathlon" where I discuss all the nitty-gritty details of race-day nutrition.
The food you eat the night before will be the food in your system during your event.
Instead of going for a greasy takeout meal, try eating a dinner consisting of dark leafy greens such as spinach or kale, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower, carbohydrates such as sweet potato or yam, and a moderate amount of lean protein such as chicken or fish.
Don't worry about drinking fancy electrolyte drinks. One mistake many first-time 5K-ers make is they forget to hydrate the day before and try to catch up right before the event.
It's important to drink water before the event, but too much could have you waiting in line for the porta-potty at the 1.5-mile mark.
Whether you've been training hard or you're just going out there for fun, running your first race can be intimidating when you don't know what to expect.