This Girl Eats: Real Food

This spring marathon has been in the back of my mind ever since I signed up a few months ago. I’ve had quite a few thoughts about my training season, and how we’re gonna run this bitch (Gambino anyone?!)

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One of the most important decisions I’ve made is to try to train for and run this marathon on real food. As much as I love some sports nutrition, such as protein shakes and bars, the idea of chowing down multiple Gus, gels and Shot Blokz and really doesn’t appeal to me.

Now I’m not making any promises; there’s no guarantee that I won’t cave during training and reach for a Gu; I’m not even promising this strategy will work for my body. But that’s the thrill of training- I get to experiment, and see what makes my body tick. Maybe it’ll turn out to be gels and Powerade, but equally, it could be coconut water and flapjacks. Who knows? There’s only one way to find out.

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So my question is: what real food do you rely on during training, and on race day? 

Help a sista out!

Lots of love,

Pippa

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12 thoughts on “This Girl Eats: Real Food

  1. On race day I’m so nervous its hard to eat. But in order to get SOMETHING in me, I’ll eat my cookies. My tummy doesn’t get upset. But that’s not really enough for a marathon….

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  2. im no help here, i eat a protein bar before a race but POST race is where the magic is. pancakes, waffles, bananas, bloody mary…give me all the brunch food! thats a really interesting idea, seems like it would be better for you to eat real food rather than the chemical-full sport food out there. im very interested to see how that works out for you, good luck!

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  3. Pre race or long run is coffee and bagel with peanut butter and honey, which seems pretty standard. But, other than that I rely on sports drink, gels, and s-caps…don’t think I can handle real food when running, best of luck…will be interesting to see how it goes.

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  4. Well, let’s see… It’s all artificial stuff, some better than others, except bananas. 25 miles per banana, baby. Gotta love ’em. That and Paydays. And Coca Cola. Chuckle. Embrace the sugar on rides (and runs). It makes your whole body feel better, instantly. No amount of natural, solid food will do that for you because you use the glycogen first. Unless you train like Meb.

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  5. I used gels last year for my first Olympic distance triathlon but I ended up with very bad stomach cramps which almost ruined my race. I have switched to Nakd bars and Soreen for long runs and rides. I haven’t had any problems since. I hope you find something that works for you.

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