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?



Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.