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What's the best thing to eat before an obstacle race such as Tough Mudder?

Carbs that are easily digestible and light proteins are the best things to fuel you up enough to successfully get through the challenge. It’s best to avoid anything that might upset your stomach the night before the Tough Mudder – so ditch the idea of a pre-event takeaway or trip out for a curry with friends. Instead, sit down to something that is small in portion size, but heavy in carbs. It’s probably a good idea to have it earlier in the evening too.

On the day of the big event look to sit down for your breakfast three or four hours before you’ll get to the starting line. Make it something that delivers around 200-250 calories and once again keep it light. Power food shakes are a good choice and oatmeal is another favourite among competitors, mainly because it’s good for preventing a mid-mudder energy slump.

Other good options are peanut butter on rice crackers or eggs and avocado on toast, they are both great sources of protein, which will boost your muscles during the run. If you do opt for toast, make sure that it’s wholemeal – to continue loading those carbs!

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