What to Eat During a Marathon?

This week’s topic – energy foods for during the race:


If your marathon or half marathon is less than 12-weeks away and you have not thought about what type of carb/protein supplement to have on you during the race, it’s time to start thinking about it now. While water/sports drinks are crucial to any successful marathon/half marathon, one cannot forget about extra protein/carb supplements like Gels, GUs, jellybeans, etc. to help you get through the race – avoiding the bonk!


Now if you are running a sub 1:15 half marathon, you can get away without a GU or gel, but if you are going to take around 1.5-3 hours for the half, then you should think more than just taking in water and Gatorade (or another sports drink) during your race.


For marathoners, I would suggest a carb/protein supplement no matter how fast you are running.

The rule of thumb is that every 30-45 min you should take in some sort of energy source other than a sports drink. Below area a list of articles that will help you out a bit. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have.

Again, find what’s right for you in regard to the brand of gel you buy – one size/flavor/brand definitely does not fit all these days.



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