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How to Eat Sensibly for a Long Marathon

After running for a couple of years, you have finally decided to join a long marathon that would test your strength and endurance. Now, you want to establish a personal record which will be your benchmark for the next long marathon events that you would join. Technically, a long marathon covers a distance of 10 miles or more. Commonly, the run would be at least 90 minutes so your stamina would be tested. The long marathon is just a part of the training for the full marathon which covers 26.2 miles. It’s beyond physical strength but more of mental challenge since you need to push yourself a lot in a long marathon. Aside from mental and physical preparation, an important consideration in preparating for a long marathon is proper nutrition.

A long marathon needs the right food choices since the body must be able to last the run by efficiently utilizing all the energy stored in the body. The body normally holds energy in the form of fat so once the body requires more power, glycogen is released to power the muscles. By training the body in a long marathon, the muscles are getting adapted to storing more glycogen. Thereby, it is vital to understand how to properly sustain the body in a long run so you can endure the race.

A sustainable diet for a long marathon consists of carbohydrate rich food. This can include pasta or rice depending upon your preference. At least two days before a long marathon, do not eat fatty foods. Also, try not to eat strong or spicy foods that can make your stomach very upset during the long marathon thus affecting your performance. However, do not eat a lot especially the night before the run. Also, stay away from alcoholic beverages since they dehydrate the body which is defeating.

Another way of lasting a long marathon is by eating a light snack in between stations. It would be helpful to take sports drinks or beverages that can replace electrolyte loss to keep you hydrated. If you are training for a long marathon, consume carbo immediately after the exercise to regain muscle power.

Enduring a long marathon is possible as long as you choose the right food.

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