This weekend was a very exciting weekend for Brandon and I. We were all signed up for the Rehoboth Beach, DE Seashore half marathon for Saturday. We’ve been training and getting ourselves pumped up for the race. This was going to be a really special race for me because it was Brandon’s first half marathon. He is not a “runner”, in fact, he hates running. I somehow convinced him to join me and we started our training 8 weeks ago. We were feeling great and enjoying our long runs together. Unfortunately, I did a big no-no! My foot began bothering me when I wore my fancy boots all day walking around and then I did a 5k in my old clunky running shoes. I started having severe foot pain but I trained through it because it didn’t hurt while I ran. We were up to 10 miles and after our run, I couldn’t walk normal for over a week. I fractured my foot and my doctors advised me NOT to run or I may risk serious injury. I decided to call it quits (Screaming and Crying)! But I am so proud of Brandon because he continued his training and completed his first half marathon on Saturday with a time of 2 hours 5 mins. He did such a great job and gave all the credit to being able to complete to his diet.
How did he train without bread, pasta, bagels and carb loading dinners? How did he keep his energy and not get muscle cramps and injuries?
During training our food choices remained the same. We added a little more sweet potato to our diets, increased our fruit intake and drank lots and lots of water.
Long run nutrition: We had energy foods and water with us. Dried Pineapple every couple of miles provided a great amount of energy. At mile 9 Brandon ate a Thunderbird bar as he ran to give him that final boost to make it to the finish line. Dried fruit is packed with nutrients and energy. He drank plenty of water throughout the race so that his body stayed hydrated. After the race he loaded up on bananas, eggs, bacon and fruit. After some heavy stretching post race, he drank some Zico Water and rested his body well.
It is possible to run marathons without breads and carb load dinners. Next time you are on a long run, try some dried fruit and see if you notice a difference in your energy.