The Night Before the Race:
Carbohydrates are an important source of energy for long distance runners. Carbohydrate rich meals are especially important in the days leading up to a marathon and can have a big impact on performance.
The night before the marathon should be substantial, and packed with carbohydrates in order to maximize glycogen supplies. For example, skinless chicken breast, a large portion of pasta, lots of vegetables, low fat yogurt/low fat cottage cheese, and a fruit smoothie is a good meal choice.
The Morning of:
A light carbohydrate rich breakfast should be eaten 2-3 hours before the start of the marathon: Good examples include oatmeal, banana, toast with jam, bagel, energy bar, fruit smoothie or pancakes with maple syrup.
Marathon runners should stick to foods they know they can stomach. The last thing they need is to feel uncomfortable on the day of the marathon because of something they ate.
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