Friday, 16 August 2013

Developing Your Marathon Nutrition Plan


A few ideas to help with your nutrition planning for the upcoming fall marathons. One thing I do is drink frequently throughout my marathon, drinking 150ml every 15 to 20 minutes. If you are using the aid stations it is a good idea to grab a cup of water as you enter the aid station and a cup of sports drink  as you exit.  Since you’ll undoubtedly spill some just grabbing the cup, you’ll now have a good chance of getting the 150ml you want. Be patient in the aid stations and don’t just gulp the fluid and toss the cup.  Crimp the top of the cup and run with it as you drink.  Then, grab the second cup and do the same.
Yes you guessed it that's Alissa, CDR 2013 overall winner!

Just for security and because you never know for sure if you will be able to get all the drinks down,  I will carry a gel flask with four gels mixed with water and sip on this though the race.  I generally never consume gels straight out of the package as it is hard on the digestive system, I always mix them with water.

I believe this maintains my blood sugar level, delivers energy to my muscles during the marathon and restocks my energy stores afterwards. I feel it also helps in my post marathon recovery, so I can be back on the roads training again with minimal loss of fitness.

TYPE OF SPORTS DRINK
  • A sports drink or gel you have practiced with and have adapted to
  • Ideally the same sports drink is available on race day
  • A sports drink that, after practicing, still tastes good

DETAILED RACE PLAN
Practice Trent Stellingwerff's RULE OF 15
~15g CHO every 15 min
~150 ml of fluids (~8-15% carb solution) (~80 to 120g CHO per liter of fluids)

SIMPLE RACE PLAN
Practice Trent Stellingwerff's Simple Marathon Race Plan
Take 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sports drink per aid table with ½ gel

POST-MARATHON
After finishing the marathon, I always drink a recovery drink. That way I begin the recovery process right away.

Hope that helps and good luck with your half or full marathon this fall!