Some teammates said they would break their fasts on opening day to gain energy and avoid cramping (and make up for it with later fasting.) Leila said he would not eat or drink until sundown, which should occur about halftime. Then coaches will provide water, dates, oranges and other fruit to help refuel their players’ empty tanks.
“You might not have a lot of energy that first half, but once you eat you feel refreshed,” Leila said. “After halftime, I’ll be coming after those guys.”