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  • bqx40 6:05 am on May 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: carboloading,   

    On pre-marathon meals 

    Don’t necessarily do as I’ve done here–I’m just illustrating a point.

    For my three fastest marathon times, I’ve eaten as the last meal before:

    • 3:32 – cheap mediocre Mexican food.
    • 3:39 – Mexican in Florence, KY on the way to Cincinnati and pub grub at Nicholson’s in Cincinnati.
    • 3:49 – pub food in Memphis. (I figured it was a better option than BBQ)

    There are multiple reasons why I do this:
    1) After running the 3:39, I’ve sort of become superstitious about what I eat the day before.

    2) I’ve never had any decent luck getting near an Italian place while out of town, the night before a marathon.

    3) I run long runs on Saturday, which means that fish frys and team lunches at the Mexican place down the road are pretty common day before meals. They haven’t let me down.

    Food before my worst marathon times:
    1) 4:42 – don’t recall, but was on the road, so we probably tried to find pasta, especially since my daughter will mostly only eat that.
    2) 4:34 – first marathon, spaghetti
    3) 4:31 – pasta (it was a hilly marathon and I was coming off of injury)

    DNF – ate pasta due to having an iffy stomach all week. For me, apparently, iffy stomachs need a little bit of grease, not carbs.

    I’m not saying the night meal before doesn’t matter. However, what you eat the night before is more likely to harm your performance than help it if you haven’t gotten your body used to it before then.

    You presumably spent 12-18 weeks preparing for this marathon. The body changes didn’t happen overnight. Why magically change your diet the night before?

    Do this:

    • Eat what you know works for your long runs, even if it violates conventional running wisdom.
    • Don’t eat too much.
    • Don’t eat too little.
    • Eat your last meal the same amount of time before your race as you do before your long runs.
    • Hydrate adequately.
    • [email protected] Watches 2:15 am on June 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Just discovered your blog. I always have a difficult time figuring out what to eat too. I haven’t tried Mexican and pasta makes me feel heavy. My best success so far has been chicken curry of all things.

  • bqx40 9:03 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gear, gear checklist   

    Pre-race gear check for #CM10 

    Gear laid out for the 2010 Chicago Marathon
    • Mizuno Wave Rider 12 with 388 miles on them (I chose better stride over Saucony with fewer miles)
    • Powersox
    • Timex IM stopwatch
    • OBX Marathon running hat — it’s gonna be a warm one tomorrow, and salt and contacts don’t mix.
    • FuelBelt bib holder – got shorted on safety pins in racing packet.
    • 5 Powergel gels in a gel holder
    • iPhone 4 running case + headphones in case things fall apart and I need the entertainment.
    • Blue Nike tank
    • Nike Livestrong running shorts
    • Nexcare bandages
    • Racing bib
    • D-tag on right shoe with d-tag holder clip.
  • bqx40 9:14 am on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Who’s running the Gaslight 5k tonight? 

    Looks like it’s going to be a little toasty for the 5k tonight in J-Town. I’m going to try for a personal record tonight, which would be anything faster than 20:59.

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