Marathon training and nutrition

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    Roxanne Fisher - Health editor - bbcgoodfood.com

Wondering what to eat before, during and after your run or confused about carb-loading and hydration strategies? Our experts have the answers to all your questions in our marathon hub...

Marathon meal plansMarathon meal plan - the week before

Worried about what to eat and when to run the week before a marathon? Sports nutritionist James Collins has advised Team GB on their Olympic nutrition and here provides advice and recipes for the seven days before your big race.
Seven days of meal plans...

 

Meal plans for runnersMeal plans for runners

If you’re taking on a challenge this year, be it a 5k or a marathon, getting your training diet spot on will help you go that extra mile. Sports nutritionist James Collins shares an example training plan, which you can tweak and build on to help you reach your goals…
Meal plans for runners
 

TriathlonWhat to eat for a triathlon

If you're planning to take on a triathlon this year, getting your training and competition nutrition right can make all the difference to your progress and performance. Katie Hiscock explains what to eat when and how to find a fuelling strategy that's right for you...
What to eat for a triathlon...
 

best sources of proteinThe best sources of protein
How much should you have and which foods really pack a protein punch? Find out how to get all you need and when to up your intake...
The best sources of protein
 

 

What to eat before your runWhat to eat before your run

When, what and why should you eat before lacing up your trainers and heading out the door? We posed some of your most commonly asked questions to sports nutritionist James Collins...
Expert tips...


How to stay hydratedHow to stay hydrated

Staying fully hydrated can be a challenge, especially for those who are training hard for an event like a marathon. We asked sports nutritionist, James Collins some of your most commonly asked questions...
Marathon hydration...

 

What to eat during your runWhat to eat during your run

Keeping your energy up and establishing a solid fuelling strategy for long runs can be tricky. We asked sports nutritionist James Collins some of your most commonly asked questions...
Keep your energy up...


How to recover after your runHow to recover after your run

If you're training hard for an endurance race, getting your recovery right is vital for staving off muscle soreness and improving your performance. We asked sports nutritionist, James Collins some of your most commonly asked questions...
Eating for recovery...


Carb-loading explainedCarb-loading explained

Confused about carb-loading? If you've heard the term but the concept still eludes you, sports nutritionist, James Collins explains how, when and why maximising fuel stores can greatly benefit your race performance...
When, how and why to carb-load...


Your marathon questions answeredYour marathon questions answered

From the benefits of beetroot juice to keeping cramps at bay - sports nutritionist, James Collins answers more of your commonly asked marathon nutrition questions...
Endurance tips...



Race day foodsRace day foods

When the big day looms, be sure you've properly fuelled your body with our get ready, set, go guide...
Race day foods...



What to eat when running a marathonWhat to eat when running a marathon

Fitness writer and sport's therapist, Katie Hiscock summarises the key concepts of marathon nutrition...
What to eat when running a marathon...



The right recipe for exerciseThe right recipe for exercise

These three recipes are ready in a flash and include some special ingredients to help improve energy, stamina and recovery.
What to eat before, during and after exercise...



Eat like an athlete - Mo FarahEat like an athlete - Mo Farah

What does a double Olympic champion eat to stay on top? Long distance gold medallist Mo Farah divulges his training diet, tips for aspiring runners and a healthy love of burgers...
Eat like an athlete...


 

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