Marathon Training Nutrition Tip #1
"Take Off Your Coat"

You're going to run a marathon!
So, you've been thinking:

  • I need to eat healthier (marathon training nutrition tips to the rescue).
  • I want to run faster, run farther, make the distance.
  • I'm motivated to run more often.
  • So, more is better, right?
    More miles, more time, more food?

    Check out this quote:
    "There is no way to success in our art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

    Agree? Stop now and read this before you take another step!

    More is not always better!

    Let's pick apart Emerson's quote and learn some good everyday sports nutrition marathon training lessons.

    1. Take off your coat.

  • What does this have to do with sports nutrition? It means you need to sit down and make some goals. Of course your goal is to run the marathon. But I'm talking about what to do every day on a nutrition/fuel basis to help you successfully get to the start line, run the marathon and make it home! Most marathon training programs are 18 to 20 weeks. Don't wait until training starts since there are a few goals you can tackle beforehand (like dropping a few pounds or cleaning out the junk in the fridge or cabinets). Click here for a list of marathon training nutrition goal ideas and solutions to start with right now.

  • Taking off your coat can have another meaning: put aside your preconceived ideas of sports nutrition for marathon training, as well as nutrition ideas from your running mates and casual observers. This is YOUR race...this is YOUR body, so adjust your nutrition intake to meet YOUR needs. Marathon training is a time to train your body to do things you never imagined it could do (especially as your mileage increases). Be willing to try a different mix of carbs or a different eating schedule. The possibilities are endless!
  • Get the rest of the scoop on Emerson's quote.
    Tip # 2: Grind and Work pace impacts your sports nutrition fuel needs.
    Tip # 3 Eat all day, every day.

    Today's everyday sports nutrition for marathon training tip:
    "take off your coat" something healthy that you normally wouldn't eat, like a piece of fruit instead of that candy bar or a bottle of water instead of that diet soda. And on your next run start planning your everday goals!

    Make everyday your day to succeed!