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If you are 20 miles into a marathon, do you really care if the food you grab is soy-free? Yes!! You definitely do! Lots of race food unfortunately contains soy, but there are plenty of soy-free options too. Eating food before, during, and after a race is very focused on personal preference, which makes for great opportunities to find soy-free items that work best for you.
Running food comes in many varieties from gels to granola bars to gummy bears to fruit. Since different things work for different people, it is important to find food that both works for you when you run and is also soy-free. To start, spend some time in the grocery store looking at different options. Try to find some items that are soy-free that you think you'd like to try. Then purchase a variety of these items and test them out during and after your runs. Doing this will not only help you find what items you like to eat during races, but will also help you gather information about which products are soy-free. Then, if you see these soy-free items at races you can pick them out and know that they are safe.
Races tend to provide a lot of food to runners, but not all of it is soy-free. Fresh fruit is a great choice (races always have plenty of bananas) and you can always check the ingredients of packaged products. Don't count on the race having soy-free food available, so make sure to bring your own for both during and after the race.
Races should be events where you push yourself and your food should energize you to do your best, not hold you back. Having soy-free options for race-day enables you to excel without needing to worry about what you are eating!