Josh’s Quest for the Boston Marathon Part #5

For this past week of training I began to focus more on what to eat before going on my runs. The other day I read an article from Runner’s World Magazine that talked about how to “Snack Smart” before and after running, so I thought I would give it a try. The Article goes on to explain how snacking, for runners, is an important part of being successful.
fruitI have never been a big pre-run eater, but I found that keeping it simple, like eating an apple or banana, helped me get the nutrients that I need without getting an unsettled stomach. I did this the other day before going on my fourteen mile run and I found the results to be pretty good. I was slightly uncomfortable for the first few miles (probably from not getting enough time to digest) but, after that I felt fine and was able to finish the run stronger than before because of the increase in energy gained from having a positive food source for the body.

After having such a successful experience with this Runner’s World Tip I will definitely plan on incorporating this and similar nutrition tips throughout my training. My next step will be finding out what are good snacks to have during the race. I have often heard of runners eating all sorts of different things while running the Portland Marathon, and I am curious to find out what works for me. To wrap things up for now I had another good week of steady improvement, finishing my 14 miles in 91 minutes, which put me at a 6:30 mile pace! If I can maintain I will qualify for the Boston Marathon next spring!

2 Comments on this post


  1. eric said:

    What are you doing as far as hydration? Water or gatorade or something of that nature? When do you find the best time to drink those are?

    August 17th, 2009 at 7:49 pm
  2. Platt said:

    When it comes to hydration i like to stick to water for the most part. I have found that sports drinks like gatorade have too much sugar and leave me feeling more thirsty than before. I like to carry one of those running water bottles and just take a sip of water every mile or two but nothing more. I don’t like to drink too much water when i run, just enough to keep me hydrated and going strong.

    August 17th, 2009 at 10:34 pm


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