Pre marathon meal

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    Oct 06, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    I'm just curious the day before, what do you eat? How many gels do you like throughout the run?


    OOPS! Thought it was going under performance eating.
  • silverfox

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    Oct 06, 2008 3:04 AM GMT
    I have absolutely nothing to add here because I don't run marathons...but I am curious as to whether they hawk performance supplements to endurance athletes like they do to bodybuilders.

    The day before a run do you eat a combination of "real" food and supplements?
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    Oct 06, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    There are also supplements for endurance.

    I prefer "real food" since it digests easier.

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    Oct 06, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    I carry 3 gels for during the run ... i have one around mile 8 or 9, the next one about mile 17, and if I eat the 3rd gel, it's somewhere around mile 24 or 25 to help get me through the last push.

    The day before, it's all about hydration. I make sure I've got a water bottle in my hand all day long. Other than that, it's the carbo load along with lean protein.
  • vindog

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    Oct 06, 2008 5:36 AM GMT
    Shouldn't you be carbo-loading for 7-8 days prior?


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    Oct 06, 2008 5:41 AM GMT
    Well here is the trouble.

    Before a marathon, I usually carb load. Whole wheat pasta for me (pasta night is always guaranteed before a good marathon) or, if we are out of town and out of our element. My friends and I go to Chipotle and get extra rice. (starving right now and it is midnight!)

    The "trouble" is that I have had 3 dietitians tell me carb loading is fake and really doesn't do anything. I didn't believe it and I did do some research (grant it I am not a registered dietitian), but I did see studies where carb loading proves nothing substantial as a pre-marathon meal as opposed to any other well-balanced meal. The research states that athletes who metabolize at a higher rate (anyone who runs a half or full marathon) will use the carbs ingested the night before right away. Carbs don't store well, they are for use within a reasonable amount of time.

    Take it for what you will. I have carb loaded before marathons and I have not (actually got a damn doner in NY once, that was dumb) but at both marathons, I felt the exact same way--really fcking pissed that I was up at 5 am and about to run a lot of miles.

    My advice is to go with a good, solid meal and do not dive off the deep end ingesting 2lbs of angel hair pasta.
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    Oct 06, 2008 5:46 AM GMT
    These are decent reads: Notice the first talks about carb loading "day of" race since you will be able to use the carbs during the race and not have them wasted like you would the night before.

    http://www.mckinley.uiuc.edu/handouts/marathon_training.htm
    http://www.mckinley.uiuc.edu/handouts/eating_while_competing.html