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What I Ate The Day Before The La Jolla Half Marathon + Weekly Meals

Gooooood morning! 

I’m sitting here sipping coffee about to leave to run the La Jolla Half Marathon ahhhhh! I haven’t had this much race anxiety in a long time…well really this much race anxiety EVER!

My shin splints have been hurting, I don’t know the course, I can’t decide which shoes to wear…and for an OCD planner like me it’s making me crazy.

I’m not even going out today trying to get a specific time or anything…I really just want that free Ballast Point beer at the end haha!

Anyway…wish me luck!

For today I wanted to share What I Ate Before The La Jolla Half Marathon.  So here’s a look of what I ate pre half and a little recap of the expo!

Just for the record I am not one of those people who totally changes their eating habits before a race. I eat what my body is use to and so far it it’s worked for me.

What I Ate: Before A Half Marathon

Breakfast: peanut butter chocolate overnight oats with a big cup of coffee

Snack: I’ve recently become re-obsessed with Laughing Cow cheese wedges. Today I had 2 wedges and a few pita crackers from Trader Joe’s.

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Lunch: I discovered this Balela salad a couple weeks ago on The Skinny Confidential’s Snapchat. AMAZING! Ever since I’ve been obsessed with just grabbing a few handfuls of greens (today was arugula) and pouring the entire container on top. BOOM. Greens, protein, salad dressing…all in one!

You can find the Balela salad at Trader Joe’s! I swear this post isn’t sponsored by Trader Joe’s I’m just obsessed with their products.

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Oh and hydrating of course! The day before a race I always try to drink at least 150 oz of water. To make this easy I get a 50 oz water bottle from Trader Joe’s and put 1/2 a Nuun hydration tab in it. By lunch I was already at 2 full bottles so I was doing good!

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At the La Jolla Half Marathon Expo: The expo for this race was so organized and at such a gorgeous location, the Hilton Del Mar. After getting our bibs and shirts my mom, Bryce and I walked around and enjoyed some great samples; mini acai bowls, Nuttzo and Nuun…yes please!

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And of course had to snap a few pictures! Note to self, put on a little makeup and brush my hair before the next race expo haha!

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Somebody is super excited to run! And check out those calves!



Snack: We were STARVING after the expo so the second we got to my parent’s house we devoured some grapes, meat, cheese and crackers. Lucky Bryce even enjoyed a beer! I can’t even have a sip of booze before I race or I get sick.


Dinner: Every single time before I run a half marathon I eat chicken parmesan over pasta. I have no idea why but it just works for me. Pair that with some baby broccoli and a roll…yes please! Sorry in advance these pictures are awful but it sure tasted delicious.

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After dinner: I had 3 cups of ginger tea, 2 cookies and another 50 oz of water.

Looking back I probably had WAYYYYYYYYY too much cheese yesterday but hey what can you do.

I really try to not change my diet much before a race. I focus more of my energy on properly hydrating and relaxing.


Weekly Meals:


Your Turn,

Do you have a specific routine of what you eat before a half marathon or do you totally just wing it like me?

What’s your favorite dinner to eat the night before a big race?

Anyone going to be out there running the La Jolla Half Marathon?


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  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness April 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Dang girl! You are so inspiring! I haven’t heard of that salad from TJ’s but I need to scope it out. Looks amazing added to a bed of lettuce!
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    • Reply Diana Becker April 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Aww you’re too sweet thank you! It’s a great salad and I’m actually posting a DIY version late this week!

  • Reply Kristy @ Southern In Law April 24, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Chicken parmesan over pasta sounds like the PERECT pre-race meal tradition. I definitely wouldn’t break it ;P

    And FYI, there’s totally no such thing as too much cheese! Ha!
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    • Reply Diana Becker April 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Haha never ever too much cheesee <3

  • Reply Kellen McAvoy April 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, I can barely consume any dairy for like 2-3 days before a race or I have issues haha. Lucky you! I usually plan out all of my meals before a race and stick to very plain pasta or gnocchi for dinner with some tea. Congrats to you and Bryce on an awesome race!
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    • Reply Diana Becker April 26, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Thank you so much!! Yeahhhhhh it’s Tuesday and my stomach has not been the same since the race! Thankfully nothing happened during the race…TMI 🙂

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