Pre-Marathon Meal

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    Nov 08, 2007 4:24 PM GMT
    Hi All!
    Well, I'm running my first marathon on Sunday. The Harrisburg Marathon, WOO HOO!
    I've been on a good training program and feel good about it.
    I am posting this question to any of you long distance runners or anyone who knows about nutrition . . .
    What should I eat the night before and the morning of the run?
    I don't want to be weighed down for the run and I don't want to have to stop mid race for to take S*&^!
    Help me out here guys!
    Thanks,
    A.C.
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    Nov 08, 2007 5:53 PM GMT
    There's a carb gel most marathon runners use. I'm not well acquainted with it, but, if you google on "marathon prep", I'd say your odds are good of finding it.

    Google, and The Internet, are remarkable tools. I think that if you try them, you'll find them very useful.
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    Nov 08, 2007 6:37 PM GMT
    Hey Pivot,

    We have an endurance eating article from one of RealJock.com's nutritionists that may help you out with your prep:
    http://www.realjock.com/article/133/

    Personally, here are the meals I always eating before my races (marathons and triathlons):

    The night before - A simple pasta dish with some protein (such as lean chicken or beef; tofu is good too). I try not to eat anything spicy or greasy the day before, as that can lead to bathroom problems on the race. I also drink a lot of liquids.

    The morning of - A bagel with peanut butter and jam, a banana, a cup of coffee, and water/Gatorade about an hour beforehand. Some people get nauseated if they eat too much before a race, but I actually prefer to fill up.

    Good luck! There are more serious marathoners here than me, so they can probably shed additional light for you. Remember to hydrate during the race.
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    Nov 08, 2007 9:53 PM GMT
    They may a carb gel / paste that you rub on for during the race. I just can't remember the name of it.

    The big meals before hand go without saying.
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    Nov 08, 2007 10:34 PM GMT
    Congrats on your first marathon!! Jeffinsf gives great advice here. Just don't pack in stuff you aren't used to or haven't eaten before on long runs.

    Since you are trained for this, your body is already a furnace, so some oatmeal, bagels, bananas will be good choices.
    (personally I need my big cup of bold Starbucks coffee to go along with it)

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