Wednesday, 17 October 2012

#WIAW - Marathon Edition

So this week's What I Ate Wednesday (a fun and fabulous concept brought to us by Jenn), is actually What I Ate Sunday. This is how Marathon Day went down food-wise.

I woke up at 5:30 am, feeling excited and restless. An article in the most recent issue of Runner's World said that you should try to eat 1000 calories before you run a Marathon, and I was willing to try, even though I knew it would be a struggle. My stomach is usually a bit of mess on race day, so I tried to eat as much as could before I had to head downtown.

I made a batch of protein pancakes - which I promptly covered in Canadian Maple Syrup and blackberries. I also struggled through a small cup of coffee and a glass of apple cider before I ran off to catch the bus to the start line. 

While waiting in the rain I drank a bottle of Grape Gatorade and ate a Honey Stinger Waffle. We then shuffled along into our corral and got ready to start this thing.

Race Fuel: 
Race Fuel (or aka my lunch) was mostly an assortment of gels, sport beans, Gatorade, and lots of water. I tried to refuel with something every 45 minutes and I found the gels easiest to get down. My polar heart rate monitor said I burned 4564 calories while I was out on the course, so clearly snacking is a MUST!

Post Race:
I drank more Gatorade and Gatorade Recovery on my way home. And thought longingly about sitting still and having a nice hot shower.

My family all came over to celebrate after the race. We had an assortment of my favourite cheeses (including my favourite Stilton blue cheese - heavenly) and champagne, before we headed out for dinner.

There were 2 things I cut back on drastically while training for my marathon - wine and diary. I found my stomach struggled to handle either when running long distances. So what did I want the most when my marathon was finally complete? Booze and Cheese! It is kind of the theme for the night. 
(*Please try your best to ignore how exhausted I look in all of these photos, and please note that one glass of champagne was all it took to make me tipsy after all my running*)

For Dinner I had a Caprese salad with Buffalo Mozzarella to start (not pictured), and seafood Fettuccine Alfredo as my main. I drank a couple glasses of wine. And finished off my meal with Tarimisu and a cappuccino.

It was a great way to cap off this journey and celebrate with my always amazing and always supportive family! LOVE YOU GUYS! Cheers! I ran a marathon people!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,