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Jul 22, 2011

Pre-race meals?

6 miles on the schedule today.  That's what I did!  It was certainly cooler out there this morning.  By like 10 degrees!  That made a big difference in my run today.  Could mid 70's actually feel cool?  After you run in the mid 80's it sure does.


86 days until my next marathon - let the countdown begin!  I know one thing is for sure, next season if I run a marathon, I'm only doing one per season.  It's really too much training and I don't even train like some of you do.  My plan has a running maximum of 43 miles - pretty low overall.  One good thing is I can eat what I want which is a nice side effect of running so much.

It's been about two months since my first marathon.  I can say that doing two in one year is do-able.  Your body has time to recover.  Although I did not feel that way the week after the race.  Haha!  In my case, I will have had 4.5 months between marathons.  Plenty of time to get strong again.

Here's what the shirt looks like for the Detroit marathon.  Not too bad - I like it:

And of course, I have shared what the medal looks like:


Now that my mileage is going to start building up, I really need to start eating more before I run to help change the nutrition I get before a long run.  I'm only doing 10 miles this weekend but next week I have 14 on the schedule.  I'm pretty good with knowing what to eat for up to a half marathon.  It's after those miles that I need to work on.  I'll be trying out the Hammer nutrition drink that Stephanie gave me over at In Steph's Shoes soon.  It sounds yummy.  My goal is to eat a more tangible breakfast before each long run so I have that nutrition in me longer.

My running buddy, T, eats oatmeal before his long run but I just hate the consistency of oatmeal.  I see lots of you also eat that as well with peanut butter.  Anyone eat oatmeal now that used to hate it but like it now since you have a good recipe for it?  Please share!  Maybe a peanut butter and jelly 1/2 sandwich for breakfast might be a possibility.  I've seen some people eat crustables which is a little PB&J pie sandwich.  I've also eaten a granola bar and half banana before my half marathon races which work well for me.  Perhaps I'll move to a full banana and eat it a little longer out from the run time.  It's amazing how what you eat before can really effect your race performance.

What's your pre-race or pre-long run go to meal?

Have a great day and.....Keep Running!!!!!!


  1. I like a piece of toast with peanut butter. Oatmeal at 5 a.m. before a run does not appeal to me! Liz

  2. I eat a 1/2 bagel with pb. That seems to work for my stomach.

  3. I'm an empty stomach runner. I start on 'E' and take in stuff on the run. I have enough body fat to consume, HA!

  4. PB is too heavy for me before a run, as is oatmeal. I used to hate oatmeal and now I eat it every day. I make it on the dry side so it isn't mushy. I just can't stand mushy oatmeal. I have had luck with the Gatorade 01 pre-workout foods. Or half of a clif bar. GL finding something that works for you.

  5. Ha I guess you decided to go for the full!!! :) I think it's a great idea!! I have been trying to focus on my nutrition as well. My favorite breakfast before a long run is a bagel or english muffin w PB and half a banana. I need to stock up!

  6. Glad to see you are running Detroit! Hopefully we get a chance to "run" into each other. :-)

    1/2 a bagel with PB, toast with PB or english muffin with PB are my typical long run fuels.

    I eat oatmeal almost daily for breakfast at my office though. I soak plain oats overnight in water w/ a hefty dose of cinnamon. When I am ready to eat them, I drizzle them with some natural crunchy PB and honey and then top with 1/2 a cut up banana. Delicious!

  7. I like the Detroit Marathon. Looks like they didn't change the medal from last year. Acutally, I thought the one they had a few years ago was better but I seem to be in the minority on that. Enjoy!

  8. 86 days, you'll e great! I like that shirt as well. I eat toast with honey and have coffee with that.

  9. My stomach can be pretty irritable before races and long runs, so I try to eat a little more the day/evening before, but not much (if anything at all) the morning of. I know that could end up working against me in the later miles, but so far it seems to have worked well enough. If I didn't have such a nervous/irritable stomach before races, I'd love to have an English muffin or bagel with PB, or some oatmeal, but I just don't want to run the risk of having issues during the run. I do try to stay very hydrated before races and long runs, and I hope that helps compensate a little bit for not eating much pre-race.

  10. I'm definitely part of the oatmeal-hater-converted-to-oatmeal-lover group. I'm not sure exactly what "made" me like it, but I distinctly remember hating oatmeal before college but starting to love it once I was there. Cooking tip: quick cooking oats are vile! They do have the texture of baby food. Take the extra 5 minutes to make old-fashioned ones, and you'll have a much better texture.

    I agree with Matt in that my stomach can be irritable before long runs / races, so I just tend to eat more the night before. However, I do find that I have to have something small before I go (an orange, a handful of plain cheerios...all with coffee) to get things moving before I run.

  11. Jeff, so excited you're doing the Detroit full! I can't believe how close it really is! I'm really excited for it.

    I have been trying to find my perfect pre-race fuel lately too and I have to say I have really been liking a sweet potato. One large one, microwaved for about 7 minutes, mashed up with a little butter. It's been great for my last two long runs.

  12. Get a sufficient amount of nutrients before joining the race.