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Nutrition for a marathon

We often write about the extreme world of marathon running, reporting on events and notifying you of the world’s toughest marathons. Having run a number of half marathons we have nothing but respect for those individuals who pit their bodies and their minds over the distance of a full marathon – 26.2 miles – and those who challenge themselves over even greater distances and obstacles – be that ice, mountain, desert or jungle.

Understand that a very important element in preparation to challenge yourself over these huge distances is not just the training schedule but – and we suggest just as important – also the right nutrition. Your body needs to be properly energised and hydrated and so we found this excellent advice given by The Runners Guide whose website is

It is very sound advice.

It’s important for everyone to eat a healthy diet. The right food helps your body function at its optimum level. For runners, a specific diet is even more important. Without the right nutrition, a runner isn’t going to have enough energy to get through the day. That’s why it’s important to follow these simple diet guidelines.

Avoid processed foods. These contain chemicals and additives that just bog your system down and make it work less efficiently. Sticking to natural unprocessed foods will give you more energy and make you feel better.

Eat your vegetables. You should have a variety or fresh vegetables everyday. This gives you tons of vitamins and minerals, and is a better, natural alternative to taking tons of supplements.

Get lots of carbs. It’s a growing trend in this country to cut down to little or no carbs. Even if you’re trying to lose weight, runners should have more carbs in their diet than the average person, not fewer. You need carbs for energy to get through your run. Just be sure to eat whole grains and complex carbohydrates rather than relying only on sugars and other simple carbohydrates.

So there you have it and there is a busy schedule of marathons coming up in the summer – here is the list of North American marathons provided by – if you want to check out the details just click on the link.

5/17/09Scotiabank Blue Nose International MarathonHalifaxNS
5/17/09Capital City MarathonOlympiaWA
5/17/09Rite Aid Cleveland MarathonClevelandOH
5/17/09Post-News Colorado Colfax MarathonAuroraCO
5/17/09Christiana Care Health Systems Delaware MarathonWilmingtonDE
5/17/09Cellcom Green Bay MarathonGreen BayWI
5/17/09American Red Cross of Monroe County Pocono Mountain Run For The Red MarathonPocono MountainsPA
5/17/09Woody’s RV World Red Deer MarathonRed DeerAB
5/17/09Rockford MarathonRockfordIL
5/17/09Sugarloaf/USA MarathonEustisME
5/23/09United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) Andy Payne MarathonOklahoma CityOK
5/23/09Traverse City State Bank Bayshore MarathonTraverse CityMI
5/23/09Prince of Wales Island International MarathonCraigAK
5/24/09Buffalo MarathonBuffaloNY
5/24/09Coeur d’ Alene MarathonCoeur d’AleneID
5/24/09Mad City Marathon (Madison)MadisonWI
5/24/09Med-City MarathonRochesterMN
5/24/09Ottawa Marathon (National Capital Race Weekend)OttawaON
5/24/09Saskatchewan MarathonSaskatoonSK
5/24/09Stillwater MarathonStillwaterMN
5/24/09KeyBank Vermont City MarathonBurlingtonVT
5/24/09Wickham Park MarathonMelbourneFL
5/24/09Wyoming MarathonLaramieWY
5/25/09City of Los Angeles Marathon (L.A. Marathon)Los AngelesCA
5/30/09Newport MarathonNewportOR
5/31/09Flying Feet Bob Potts Heritage Rail Trail MarathonYorkPA
5/31/09HSBC Calgary MarathonCalgaryAB
5/31/09Minneapolis MarathonMinneapolisMN
5/31/09Rock ‘n’ Roll MarathonSan DiegoCA
6/6/09Dog Valley Dog MarathonSierravilleCA
6/6/09Forest of Nisene Marks MarathonAptosCA
6/6/09God’s Country MarathonCoudersportPA
6/6/09Caring Foundation of Montana Governor’s Cup MarathonHelenaMT
6/6/09Green River MarathonKentWA
6/6/09Ridge Runner RacesCairoWV
6/6/09Sunburst MarathonSouth BendIN
6/7/09Casper Wyoming MarathonCasperWY
6/7/09Deadwood-Mickelson Trail MarathonDeadwoodSD
6/7/09NipMuck Trail MarathonAshfordCT
6/7/09North Olympic Discovery MarathonPort AngelesWA
6/7/09San Juan Island MarathonFriday HarborWA
6/7/09Steamboat MarathonSteamboat SpringsCO
????Edge to Edge MarathonUclueletBC
6/8/09Marathon de la BaieCharloNB
6/13/09Bear Lake MarathonGarden CityUT
6/13/09Mangum Track Club Boogie MarathonEllerbeNC
6/13/09Hatfield-McCoy MarathonWilliamsonWV
6/13/09Maryville Marathon, The Chamber Country ClassicMaryvilleMO
6/13/09City of Rexburg Teton DAM MarathonRexburgID
6/13/09Daily Herald Utah Valley MarathonProvoUT
6/14/09Mama Rose’s Estes Park MarathonEstes ParkCO
6/14/09Lake Placid MarathonLake PlacidNY
6/14/09Swan Lake MarathonViborgSD
6/20/09Grandma’s MarathonDuluthMN
6/20/09ConocoPhillips Mayor’s MarathonAnchorageAK
6/20/09Niagara Ultra 50k, full and half marathonNiagara On The LakeON
6/21/09Johnny Miles MarathonNew GlasgowNS
6/21/09Manitoba MarathonWinnipegMB
????Mayo Midnight MarathonMayoYT
6/27/09Jay Mountain MarathonMont-TremblantQC
6/27/09Pacific Crest MarathonSunriverOR
6/27/09Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle MarathonSeattleWA
6/27/09Run Charlevoix MarathonCharlevoixMI
6/27/09Running with the Devil Marathon, 1/2, & 50 mile ultraBoulder CityNV
6/28/09UCC Coffee Kona MarathonKeauhou-KonaHI
????VM Team Medicine Seafair Marathon SEAFAIR MarathonBellevueWA
7/4/09Foot Traffic Foot Traffic Flat MarathonPortlandOR
7/11/09Grandfather Mountain MarathonBooneNC
7/11/09Half Voyageur Trail MarathonCarltonMN
7/11/09Knee Knackering North Shore Trail RunVancouverBC
7/11/09Leadville Trail MarathonLeadvilleCO
7/12/09Missoula MarathonMissoulaMT
7/13/09Adventurecorps Badwater Ultra MarathonBadwaterCA
7/18/09University of Okoboji MarathonOkobojiIA

The marathons above will probably feel like a stroll in the park in comparison to The Polar Marathon – a video from the 2007 event can be seen below – thanks to polarmarathon

So whether its a more standard marathon, or a more extreme version, make sure you pay attention to your diet.


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