Marathon training and nutrition

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...

Paula Radcliffe: How to run your best marathon

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Fancy taking on the fastest woman in marathon history? Paula Radcliffe shares her five steps for success, so you too can maximise your running potential…

Paula Radcliffe: How to run your best marathon
Michel Roux Jr: How to run a marathon


Michel Roux Jr has run 20 marathons and finds running provides him with the balance he needs to cope with his busy schedule. Find out why the superstar chef cuts red meat from his diet before a race, which superfoods get him to the finish line and what every new runner should avoid doing…

Michel Roux Jr: How to run a marathon

Marathon 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

Vegetarian marathon meal plan


What does an optimal vegetarian marathon diet look like? Discover what sports nutritionist James Collins recommends to eat in the week leading up to the race.

Vegetarian marathon meal plan

Meal 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
Nutrition for runners – an infographic guide


Whatever the distance, our handy nutrition for runners graphic will make fuelling for your run a breeze. Find out how much water you should be drinking and when you should eat carbohydrates and protein to improve performance and recovery…

Nutrition for runners

Sports nutrition: What’s worth trying?


What and when should you eat to boost performance? Will beetroot juice make you go faster? Elite sports nutritionist James Collins shares his five key training tips for 2015…

Sports nutrition: What’s worth trying?

What 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
The 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 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…

What to eat before your run

How 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 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…

What to eat during your run

How 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 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 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…

Your marathon questions answered

Race 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 marathon


Fitness writer and sport’s therapist, Katie Hiscock summarises the key concepts of marathon nutrition…

What to eat when running a marathon

Eat 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 – Mo Farah
Marathon recipes


Anita Bean, an expert from The London Marathon team, has selected these recipes to eat after training, with roughly a 3 to 1 ratio of carbs to protein and antioxidant-rich fruit, vegetables, nuts and pulses to promote faster muscle recovery.

Marathon recipes

Four people you didn’t know ran the marathon


From celebrity chefs to TV stars, find out which surprising personalities have gone the distance. We asked for their top training tips and their favourite foods to feast on once they’ve crossed the finish line…

Four people you didn’t know ran the marathon

8 things I wish I’d known before running a marathon


App obsession, hydration information and militant meal-planning – training for a marathon is no mean feat. BBC Good Food cookery assistant and keen runner Sophie Godwin shares the good, the bad and the painful…

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8 things I wish I’d known before running a marathon