Marathon Training 101: Fueling for the Big Race

Marathon Training 101: Fueling for the Big Race

Most athletes think that fueling for a big race means they have to carb load. While this works for some, it's not always the best option. Your meals before race day are the best time to think about balance, have a good source of carbs, protein and a little bit of fat. Having a balance meal will help you sleep better, which is crucial before the race.

One of the best things you can do for your body the night before your race or marathon is to eat a carbohydrate-rich snack before bedtime. These include:

Ensure you are drinking water moderately throughout the day and include other well-tolerated fluids, like sports drinks and coconut water. Don't forget, it's also important to get an adequate amount of sodium in - you'll be running for three or more hours and will definitely be sweating!

Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

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