If you're running the Philadelphia Marathon, congratulations, the hardest part is over! You've rallied through early morning wake up calls and logged miles on miles in preparation for the big day. Now that the physical training is behind you, it's time to taper and refocus your attention to recovery, replenishment, and nourishment! Follow this nutrition guide to properly fuel your body with nutrients that have the power to maximize your energy, speed, and stamina on race day.
The main objective of this week is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to repair and strengthen muscles and maximize your glycogen storage. Glycogen is simply a reserve of glucose (fuel) stored in muscles and the liver (think of it as your gas tank for the race).
Get to the finish line: The food we eat has the power to make or break our performance, but there's no need to overthink it! If you follow these steadfast strategies and trust your gut, your body will be nourished with powerful nutrients to fuel you across the finish line with a new PR.
For some race week meal inspiration, check out my favorite runner-friendly recipes here.
Lindsey Kane is a Registered Dietitian from Philadelphia.