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 (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!
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,