Nutrition for Runners: Pre-Marathon Breakfast

Since I have a marathon coming up in a few days I thought I would share my usual pre-marathon breakfast. It isn’t anything special but it helped me get through all but my first marathon. I even follow the same routine when on the road. Last year in Philadelphia it meant bringing a toaster and electric kettle with me so I could make everything. In my hotel room.

My pre-marathon breakfast is the following:

  •  A toasted bagel with peanut butter
  • A banana
  • A bowl of oatmeal
  • A glass of water or orange juice with protein powder.

I get up a few hours before a marathon to have this so when a marathon starts at 7:00 that means I get up around 3:30-4:00 to have my breakfast. Of course you will want to make sure to test what works for you on your long runs to help you come up with a successful race day strategy.


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