In the lead up to race day I always try to stick to foods that I know and have used in training many times before. It’s not the time to be experimenting with anything new or worrying about what anyone else is doing; you have to do what works for you. In terms of carbo loading we don’t do anything specific as this can potentially cause stomach upset, but instead in the final few days before race day just eat a little more along with the combination of not training as much it ensures our glycogen stores are nicely full! I tend to have bigger lunches than normal on the final two days and snack between meals. My go to is an Anytime bar with my current favourite flavour the Coconut Choc Chip!
Post race I had a cookies and cream protein bar. I never feel like eating after a marathon but it’s so important to help kick start the recovery process. The cookies and cream protein bars taste so good it’s like eating a chocolate bar so makes getting something in you as soon as you’ve finished so much easier.
I was delighted to win the British title and run another qualifying time but also felt thankful to be part of such a special and unique event in what has been a challenging year. As a coach as well as an athlete, it’s been tough to see so many cancelations this year and opportunities for runners to achieve their goals taken away from them.
As always I am forever grateful to the support of OTE helping me fuel and recover during my marathon build ups but also ensuring I can get the most out of myself on race day with the various drink and gel options.
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