Food that Fuels Me

NYC FallOn Sunday, I am running the NYC Marathon. This will be my 6th marathon, but it’s been a year and a half since my last one.  Yes, there have been half a dozen half-marathons and several road races in the meantime. Yes, I have followed my training program since July, working long runs around summer weekend plans. Yes, I have been doing my core workouts and cross-training in the cycling studio. No matter – I still get the jitters!

This week, I am tapering, drinking plenty of fluids, getting some sleep, and watching what I eat. Honestly, there’s not a lot of recipe testing going on. Leading up to the event, I focus on very simple foods that are easy to digest – this is no time for beans, raw vegetables, alcohol or experiments. I stick with low-fiber, high-carbohydrate options such as bagels, cooked cereal, apples, pasta, yogurt, fruit, skim milk, rice, and lean protein.

On race morning, we have to catch the Staten Island Ferry at 5:30 am to make our way out to the runner’s village and start line. Somehow, among trains, ferries, shuttles, and bag drops, I plan on having instant plain oatmeal and a banana before the race starts at 9:40 am. The rest of my race nutrition plan revolves around Vanilla Gu and Gatorade. Yummy? Not really, but it’s worked in the past; let’s hope it works again!!

5 Responses to Food that Fuels Me

  1. Sonia October 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Good luck Kristen!

  2. chezdesblog October 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks, Sonz!

  3. pandamonium October 30, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Have fun, guys.

  4. Ann October 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    Kristen & Michael!
    We wish we could be in New York to follow the race, but we will be thinking about you and following online. Good Luck!!!

  5. Lisa October 30, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    I’ll make sure i have a gatorade waiting at mile 13!!!

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