I do one race per year it is a 2 mile turkey trot on thanksgiving. this year i am trying to get my time down into the 12 min range just missed it by 10 secs last year.
So i bought some Spike Energy Shots to help with my preformance my question is how should i time my pre race meal in relation to taking the energy shot so i get the most bang for my buck out of the energy shot.[/quote]
For serious athletes, one of the worst things you can do for a race is to try a new supplement or food for the first time the day of the big race. It’s hard to predict how you’ll react - if you’ll get overstimulated and only needed half a Spike, have stomach upset, not time it right due to food intake and end up feeling the effects too late or not at all, etc.
Do a trial run today or tomorrow and have a Spike about an hour after whatever your pre-race meal would be, then head out for an easy run 10 minutes or so later, paying attention to how you feel (digestively, energy wise, everything).
Or since this is just a fun run, forget everything above, have your pre-race meal whenever you usually do, have the Spike 10-20 minutes before the run, and don’t sweat it.