On Monday, April 18, thousands of proud Bostonians will be running the epic 120th annual Boston Marathon. Most of the event's runners have spent hours and hours, training miles and miles to prepare for this grand event. Rested and ready, there is one key factor remaining to prepare for success: Nutrition.
Not planning for nutrition can turn an epic memory for a lifetime into a nightmare to try to forget. But following these simple tips can help you cross the finish line like you’ve been dreaming about—with a huge smile on your face!
Nutrition Tips for Marathon Runners:
1. Hydrate EARLY and OFTEN.
You’re never more hydrated during the marathon than when you start! Stay hydrated! There are excellent water and Gatorade stations at every mile on the course. Even if you’re not yet thirsty, take small sips at aid stations at the beginning of the race. Be sure to sip often during the 26.2 miles.
2. Stick with your nutrition routine!
Race day is not the time to try new nutrition products. Different products might give you GI upset. You want to be pausing at water stations, NOT stopping at every porta-potty! Save the bars and gels and all the other products you get at the Expo for next year’s marathon training, and stick with what you’re already used to.
3. Have a nutrition plan.
Running a marathon requires not only pacing strategy, but nutrition strategy. Review the course map, and plan at which miles you are going to refuel. And be sure your cheering squad brings your favorite treats to the finish line when you celebrate!