I'm not a runner. Unless something is chasing me. And in those situations you're usually given precious little time to prepare.

However, you have more than a week to go before the Insane Inflatable 5k. That means plenty of opportunities to get ready for the big day. For example, what should you eat before a big race like this?

Runner's World has a list of good ideas, especially if you're a first-time participant. Contrary to what you might have heard, there's no need to carb load. Eating a ton of carbs is apparently geared for events of 90 minutes or longer. There's a good chance you'll be wrapping up before that mark. What to eat instead? Runner's World says:

Keep the meal low in fiber and fat; both take a long time to digest. Aim for less than 10 grams of fiber per serving.

  • Bakery bagel with a small apple plus eight ounces of sports drink.
  • English muffin topped with two tablespoons of jam and a piece of fruit.
  • Bowl of oatmeal topped with raisins and brown sugar.

They also say it's OK to have a pre-race snack if you’re hungry. Perhaps a banana or a handful of animal crackers. Of course you'll need to stay hydrated as well. Be sure to wash down your snack with seven to 10 ounces of water or sports drink.

Need more info? Check out this video:

https://youtu.be/G4ljsHvOGQ8

And don't forget there's still time to sign up for the Insane Inflatable 5k. It's happening Saturday, September 19th at NIU in Dekalb, IL.