My pre-race routine starts when I wake up the day of the race. I will have a couple eggs, toast and fruit to start the day. I will be getting my protein and some carbs with that meal. With most races beginning around 9am my breakfast is very important. The bowl of pasta a couple nights before is my gasoline to get me through any race but the meal before a race starts my engine. I will often eat a handful of almonds and some blueberries to get me pumped up before a race. The energy drinks and candy bars have no nutritional value. It is all caffeine and garbage. My body does not need that pre-race.
I call it my little diabetes secret but natural foods are the best for natural energy. I'm clearly not a top tier athlete but eating healthy and training correctly help me beat a few people that may be more physically gifted than myself.