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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > Jun-17 > GRAIN POWER


Packed with slow-release energy, grainbased grub should be your go-to the night before a race or long run

Be it a mountain of pasta or a big bowl of porridge, the majority of runners have a tried and tested meal for the night before a race. High-carb, low-fat options work best most, providing a hit of easy-to-digest, slow-release energy leaving you raring to go in the morning. Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do with a pack of penne and a tin of tuna. Which is where this month’s recipes come in: full of flavour and packed with all the run-boosting nutrients you need, they should go some way to convincing you that your pre-race nosh needn’t be bland.


A well-flavoured dressing can transform the simplest salad ingredients into a great tasting, healthy snack, perfect for a lunchbox. For a gluten-free version, omit the couscous and use brown rice or buckwheat instead.

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By the time you read this, the spring race season will be well and truly underway and those of you who have trained for a specific event will hopefully have seen the fruits of your labours in PBs and long-held goals achieved. Once you’ve completed a big event it’s understandable to want to take a few days off before running again. But sometimes those days can become weeks, the weeks months, and before you know it you’re no longer on talking terms with your trainers. To stop that from happening, we take a look at the opportunities open to runners who find themselves with all the fitness but not the focus. One obvious path is to take your running abroad. As any seasoned traveller will tell you, the best way to explore a location is by foot and that certainly proved to be the case for our writer, Simon, who decided to combine his passion for running with a life-long ambition to visit Cuba (page 34). If you fancy something closer to home you can utilise the very powerful bit of tech on your wrist to create some new training goals (page 48), or follow our expert advice on how to make the move from tarmac to trail (page 23). Or, if you’re already au fait with off-road, why not take a leaf out of Kilian Jornet’s book and run up Mount Everest (page 54)? For more inspiration on what to do with your current peak condition head over to and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.