I need to figure out how to train for a marathon and eat gluten-free. I finally got up the courage to sign up for a marathon and I want to do everything I can to make sure I finish and finish strong. I have my training plan all picked out. I made sure to find one that would best fit my schedule and comfort level.
I have run three half marathons and plenty of smaller races but the marathon is quite a bit more intimidating. I remember signing up for my first half. I was nervous but knew I could do it. The marathon is a whole other beast. It seems much more difficult, so much bigger.
And now I have to worry about my diet while training. Thankfully I will know well in advance of my training start date. I will have time to experiment with what works for runs, both long and short. Also, what can I consume during? Currently I use gu and Gatorade, which are both gluten-free but what do I eat before? After?
Currently before I run I eat a bagel or toast with a nut butter or oatmeal (not gluten-free certified). After long runs I like to eat things like pizza, or something with a good mix of carbs and protein (which usually means some kind of gluten).
Distance runners depend heavily on carbs, especially gluten containing carbs. I need to rethink my fuel and training. I know it can be done as I know of one pro runner who also has celiac disease. It will just take time along with trial and error. I may bonk on long runs but I will have about five months to figure things out. I don’t mind a bit of research and recipe experimentation.
Luckily I bought the Runner’s World Cook Book with a gift card I received for Christmas and there are plenty of gluten-free recipes in there. I also have a few paleo cook books, as I like trying new recipes. I just need to find what will work for me.
I may have to stock up on Chompies gluten-free bagels. I’ve never had one but Chompies makes awesome bagels so I assume their gluten-free ones are just as good!
What do you like to eat before, after and during a run? What tips do you have for a first time marathoner?