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Marathon Nutrition

Nutrition plays a crucial role in marathon running as it directly impacts your energy levels, endurance, recovery, and overall performance. Proper nutrition can help you maintain your energy throughout the race and prevent hitting the dreaded "wall." 

Here are some key nutrition tips for marathon running:

  1. Hydration: Proper hydration is vital for marathon runners. Dehydration can lead to reduced performance and even heat-related illnesses. Start hydrating well before the race, and aim to drink about 500ml of water or a sports drink an hour before the race. 
  2. Energy gels: Gels are designed to provide a concentrated source of carbohydrates and sometimes electrolytes to help maintain energy levels and hydration during long-distance runs. Start using energy gels around 45 minutes to an hour into the race.
  3. Electrolytes: During a marathon, you lose electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium) through sweat. Consuming a sports drink that contains these electrolytes can help maintain your electrolyte balance during the race. 
  4. Carbohydrates are Key: Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for endurance athletes. In the days leading up to the race, focus on consuming complex carbohydrates like whole grains, pasta, rice, and potatoes.
  5. Listen to Your Body: Everyone's nutritional needs are slightly different. Pay attention to how your body responds during training runs and make adjustments accordingly. You may need more or less of certain nutrients.


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