The 5 Biggest Pre-Race Fueling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

What to Eat 2 Hours Before Race Start

With two hours to go until gun time, have a 200-calorie snack. Since we have more time until the event, this should be a carb-heavy snack that includes protein.

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This advice is meant to help you fuel effectively for your event. Remember, though, every athlete has his or her individual needs. Some prefer and tolerate more calories and nutrients pre-race while others require less. You know what works best for you. As endurance athletes, we're always learning about this wonderful piece of machinery called our body. Practice during training and you will find your niche. 

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About the Author

Jennifer Vimbor

Jennifer Vimbor, MS, RD, LDN, is the founder of Nutrition Counseling Services in downtown Chicago. An avid runner, marathoner and triathlete, Jennifer has first-hand knowledge of the nutritional needs of athletes, and has been helping athletes reach their goals since 2003. She was the nutritionist for the New York Runners Only Club, and has worked with Chicago Area Runners Association. Jennifer advises athletes, from novice to professional, in groups and privately. Find Jennifer on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Jennifer Vimbor, MS, RD, LDN, is the founder of Nutrition Counseling Services in downtown Chicago. An avid runner, marathoner and triathlete, Jennifer has first-hand knowledge of the nutritional needs of athletes, and has been helping athletes reach their goals since 2003. She was the nutritionist for the New York Runners Only Club, and has worked with Chicago Area Runners Association. Jennifer advises athletes, from novice to professional, in groups and privately. Find Jennifer on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

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