How to Eat During Marathon Training

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Eating well during marathon training is a must and probably the biggest lesson (right next to hydrating and body glide) that I’ve learned during these weeks of training. So, in keeping with my food blog roots my BRF (best running friend) and I came up with some of our favorite foods and indulgences that have helped us to log the many miles training for 26.2 requires.

  • Bananas (great pre-run fuel)

  • Margherita Pizza with whole grain crust

  • Whole Grain English Muffins with peanut butter or almond butter

  • Anything of the Mexican food variety…homemade nachos, enchiladas, fresh tomato salsa with blue corn chips

  • Egg white omelet with goat cheese

  • Overnight oats with greek yogurt and fresh fruit

  • Watermelon (a great post run, hydrating snack)

  • Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars

  • Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries

  • Ice Cream

  • Green or Blueberry Herbal iced tea

  • Black Bean and Sweet Potato bowl–this is one of my personal favorites. A baked sweet potato topped with black beans, sliced cherry tomatoes, avocado, a dollop of greek yogurt, chopped pepper and a bit of salsa. Maybe a few blue corn chips on the side. Nicely filling, satisfying that ever present ‘runger’ I spoke of earlier.

  • Kind Bars—I discovered these bars about a year ago and have been slightly obsessed with them ever since. After a long run, I usually don’t feel much like eating right away, but when I’m finally hungry, I reach for one of these. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, protein and carbs. My enjoyment of these bars isn’t just limited to post run snacks. I always carry one in my purse and will often pack them in the boys lunch boxes as dessert. Generally, I have found them in Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, but was excited to learn that they are now carried in the pharmacy section at Target too.

So, now it’s your turn! Have you run 26.2, or any distance for that matter? What advice do you have for fueling….or just plain survival when it comes to training and race day? This newbie marathoner would love all the help she can get!


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Alison Bickel
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