One thing that athletes...most often with runners I think...is that the prerace eats need to be on point in order for a good performance. When I was growing up and playing softball, I had a lot of pre-game meals that were not just quirky but an absolute superstition! In middle school it was a roast beef sandwich. My mom would go to the meat market (had to be the same one every time) and I would have a sandwich that day for lunch. In college a good friend of mine had to have a snickers mini before each game....and it caught on! And apparently I'm not alone....
Mets reliever Turk Wendell has to nosh on black licorice on the days that he is going in...Hall of Famer Wade Boggs ate chicken before every game...basketball player Caron Butler drinks a 2-liter of Mountain Dew by half-time of each game....and Paul Pierce chomps on a good ole PB&J before tip off!
For me it has been more of a tame the belly move than a superstition now with my pre-race meal...something I have worked hard to find and endured many an uncomfortable long runs to find just the right combo. Pre-race/long meal almost took a hit when I did a paleo challenge last year...no good which what helped me to arrive at my current Paleo challenge!
For me it's peanut butter and an English muffin...don't mess with it...don't change it!
What about you? What food do you fuel with? What superstitions do you have?