This post will be the first of short daily posts leading up to the Grandfather Mountain Marathon on Saturday.
The first topic…my favorite topic…marathon food!
During a long race, proper fueling is critical to success. Long runs have the ability to produce intense stomach pains, induce bouts of nausea, and distract the mind into believing that finishing the run is impossible.
For me…food is a key to staying mentally and physically focused on the challenge. I know, I know…big surprise for a fat guy.
Electrolytes and hydration may be even more important.
For the marathon race, below is the food intake plan I intend to follow:
Breakfast (Pre-Race) – 2 Pop Tarts
Mile 4 – Gatorade Energy Chew
Mile 6 – Peanut Sweet & Salty Granola Bar
Mile 8 – Gatorade Energy Chew
Mile 12 – Gatorade Energy Chew
Mile 13 – Peanut Sweet & Salty Granola Bar
Mile 16 – Gatorade Energy Chew
Mile 20 – Peanut Sweet & Salty Granola Bar
Mile 20 – Gatorade Energy Chew
Mile 23 – Gatorade Energy Chew
Post-Race – Highland Games turkey leg, pizza, or whatever else I can find to stuff my face
For hydration, I plan to carry one water bottle and refill it twice at each aid station every 4-5 miles. Over 26 miles, total water intake will likely top 15 bottles of water. Depending on how my body feels, I will also drink Powerade or Gatorade at the aid stations as well.
Oh…and post race…beer. Lots and lots of beer.