Fueling while you are marathon or half marathon training is just as important as the miles you put in on your feet. It’s important for you to practice and try out the food that you want to eat the night before the long run, the morning of your long run, to what you consume during your long run.
When thinking about the night before the long run, do you like to carb load with pasta or rice? Or do you have another meal that you like to eat for dinner? I prefer to eat a lean protein like a salmon or a turkey burger and mashed potatoes. Nothing too complicated and something that is in my everyday diet.
For breakfast, do you need to eat a full meal or are you good with having a snack like a banana? I like oatmeal for breakfast if I am racing or have a long run in the morning. And fuel during the race, many people like to try out different gels or gummies to sustain them during their run. Don’t forget to try some different drinks with electrolytes too. When doing a race, be sure to find out what sports drink that will be provided during the race and if you can, do your long runs with that. Remember the number one rule of race day- nothing new on race day!
And that is your food for thought.