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.

Breakfast:
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. 



Pre-Race:
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.



Dinner:
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,
Krysten 



17 comments:

  1. Looks like good pre- and post-marathon food. I would be a carb machine!!! I don't know what I would eat during a marathon if I ever did one. Probably go Janae-style and have candies though haha!

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  2. YUM! I haven't had pasta in FOREVER! SO jealous. I want cheese now - one of my fav foods that I've given up as well! :) xo

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    1. I am been on a bit of a cheese bender the last couple of days haha

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  3. You don't look exhausted in the photos...you look radiant! You ran a friggin' marathon!!
    Oh and yum, that post marathon meal looked fantastic

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  4. I wish my stomach could handle something like that pre-race. Looks delicious!

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  5. yummmmm! That all looks divine and absolutely deserved :)

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  6. What a great way to celebrate such a momentous event! xo

    Did you say maple syrup?! Drool.

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  7. yummy! And I have an intense craving for great cheese right now! Ironically, my tummy has turned off alcohol too as my miles have increased.

    Take care and keep celebrating!

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    1. MMMM CHEESE! And Booze!! My fridge is stocked with an excessive amount of both haha

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  8. I had never read about eating 1000 calories before a race, I don't know if my stomach could tolerate it either. Loved seeing this post. I love seeing how everyone celebrates after such a big race! Congrats again!!

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  9. Yay! Congrats! What a great way to celebrate! :)

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  10. Your after marathon dinner is the one of my dreams!

    This post inspired me to keep training for my 1/2! (I know it's only half as much as you ran, but I still needed the boost)

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  11. I love sport beans and I ONLY drink Gatorade. Want an awesome tip? Pair the sport beans with the flavor of Gatorade (yep, like wine pairing). I havne't become to adventurous, I mostly stick with orange and orange or red and red, but it's fun anyways.

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  12. LOVE that you enjoyed a delicious dinner and a few glasses of wine! You earned it. :) Hope you had a fabulous day! xo

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  13. You celebratory meal look amazing. Mine was all carbs and cheese too.
    1,000 calories before a race. Wow. I struggled to get down part of a bagel I was so nervous.

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  14. I think it's so wonderful you had such a large group there to celebrate your marathon!

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  15. Oh my goodness! Congratulations!! What a fun group of people!

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