Secret fuel of Olympic athletes revealed
If you're training for a marathon or other endurance event, here are a few ways elite athletes fuel themselves before, during and after a big race.
Running magazine Competitor shared the menu plans for a handful of elite American athletes, including 2012 Olympic marathon runner Kara Goucher, American record holder in 24-hour runs and vegan Scott Jurek, and gluten-intolerant Alissa McKaig who placed eight at the 2012 Olympic marathon trials for the US.
Pre-Race Dinner: Rolls, rice, chicken and grilled vegetables.
Race-Day Breakfast: Banana, instant apple-cinnamon oatmeal, a few cups of coffee.
Race Fuel: Nutrilite ROC2O mix.
Post-Race: Sports drink and water. Three hours after: club sandwich.
Post-Race Treat: Nachos.
Pre-Race dinner: 2 servings tempeh tacos with corn tortillas, brown or white rice, 85 grams vegan dark chocolate.
Race-Day Breakfast: 3–4 servings of a smoothie, soy or coconut milk yoghurt mixed with hemp protein powder, banana.
Race Fuel: water or Clif Shot electrolyte drink per hour/ bananas, potatoes, liquorice, bean and rice burrito, rice balls, crystallised ginger or ginger capsules to ease stomach discomfort.
Post-Race: 20 minutes after: 75 grams Clif Shot electrolyte drink and brown rice and pea protein powder mixed with water, banana.
Post-Race Treat: Carob chia pudding.
Pre-race Dinner: Gluten-free spaghetti with broccoli, chicken and potatoes.
Race-Day Breakfast: Dry cereal, banana, peanut butter, coffee.
Race Fuel: Water and one sports gel starting at 10K and again every 10K.
Post-Race: Banana, protein bar, Gatorade and water.
Post-Race Treat: Soda and celebratory drinks with teammates.
Published: 26th July 2012