What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Happy Wednesday! We are officially half way through the week, which means it is time to share our latest food pictures! Many people have been asking about what I ate leading up to my marathon since I mentioned in this post, that I was not eating grains (i.e, bread, brown rice, etc) like I had for my previous marathons. So, to day I will dump a bunch of food pictures on you of meals that I ate between Friday and Sunday after the race! My diet consisted of mostly vegetables, lean proteins (especially 96% lean ground beef for iron), cherries, Lara bars, yogurt, ricotta and cacao nibs (which are a good source of iron). I ate about a 40/40/20 percent protein/carb/fat split both days before the race. A typical marathoner will eat anywhere from 55-80% carbs the day before the race (this is what I have done in the past). However, this nutrition plan left me feeling very light on my feet and ready to run! I felt the best I ever have before and during a race! And despite the rain, wind and crazy new nutrition plan this year, I managed to run the entire race without stopping and even set a P.R!I finished in the top 20% of women and top 30% of the entire marathon group!

I am going to write a separate post about my food choices, endurance levels, recovery, etc because I feel it deserves some attention. Many people have criticized me for eating this way prior to the race and I would like to share how the experience as a whole was and how it’s more about listening to your body than following the ‘rules’ of preparing for a marathon! :)

And now….onto the food!

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Figs, peanut butter and sweetened ricotta

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Cherries, Coconut Flour/Protein pancakes, apple butter and sweetened ricotta

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Baked spaghetti squash, turkey and hemp seed burger, avocado

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

TVP, shredded chicken, dried cranberries and pistachios

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Veggies galore! Zucchini, eggplant, brussels sprouts, avocado, portobello mushrooms, ground beef and ricotta

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Cherries, coconut wrap (Thank you Natalie!), sweetened ricotta and cacao nibs

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Egg white, flax, cinnamon and chia noatmeal and ricotta with cherries and cacao nibs

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

PB&J Lara Bar with sweetened ricotta and cacao nibs…..best combo ever! 😉

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Streamed broccoli, zucchini, portobello mushrooms and an awful shaped hemp seed burger!

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Peanut flour protein pancakes, cherries and sweetened ricotta

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

spaghetti squash, broccoli and hemp burger

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Some snacks I had through out the days…..there are a few lara bar pics missing!

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Pre race dinner — GIGANTIC salad with lettuce, tomato, carrots, mushrooms, ground beef, ricotta and italian seasoning plus a side of zucchini and portobello mushrooms!

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

30 minutes before the race started I ate this kind bar. Then during the race I had my water bottle that had a scoop of pre workout in it and some BCAA’s. I also took glutamine and beta alanine before the race started.

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

I had full intentions of eating pizza, pancake house pancakes or a cheese burger for dinner, but by the time we got home, I was too exhausted so I made egg whites with 2 slices of swiss cheese, broccoli, zucchini and ketchup…I was craving the salt from the ketchup!

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

And for dessert I had Flipz….and WAY TOO MANY Reese’s pieces!! Oooopsss…..boy did my tummy hurt the next day! ;( That’s what happens when you don’t eat junk food…..ever! haha

What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

Back at our hotel after the race…I was soaked and dying for a shower, but I needed one picture with my medal! It was just too darn wet and windy at the race to take one there!

And of course, post race I had my famous Cherries N Cream Milkshake, did a ton of foam rolling and stretching and then sat in the car for a long 5 hour drive back home! Of course, it was all worth it! :)

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What I Ate Wednesday #17 – Marathon Food

And since we are talking about Halloween Treats….I guess you can consider my Flipz and Reese’s my treat….even though they aren’t healthy! ;)

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