We’ve included examples of the race training programme from London Marathon to plan your nutrition for this day.
* Beginner’s guidelines as recommended by the London Marathon.
The big day is here. Breakfast provides the final opportunity to top up fuel stores ahead of the race.
The most important thing is to stick to your plan here, selecting a breakfast you have eaten before and are comfortable with. If you are travelling for the race, remember to plan ahead and choose an option that will be available in the hotel – or take it with you.
Often the biggest mistake here is trying to eat too much the day before and feeling uncomfortable on the morning of the race. Remember your increased carbohydrate intake over the last few days will have been stored as fuel, so you will be ready to race.
Post-race, the priority is to refuel. A drink is a great option to provide some carbohydrate, water and some protein too, which will kick-start the repair process. This is then followed up with the meals, which can also be a treat to share with friends and family who have supported you.
Snack (during the race)
Water and easily digested carbohydrates from sports drinks, gels or vegan jellied sweets are best – aim for something each hour.
Post-race recovery snack (within 30 mins)
Creamy mango & coconut smoothie
This tropical shake with creamy coconut yogurt, mango and passion fruit is dairy- and soya-free.
Post-race recovery meal/Lunch
Pack these healthy, vegan patties into pitta bread and tuck in!
Vegan shepherd’s pie
These comforting, veg-packed pies are topped with crispy potatoes – a real treat.
Evening snack (optional)
Vegan cherry & almond brownies
These deeply decadent chocolate squares are a moreish vegan bake.
Go back to the week-long vegan marathon meal plan.
Find more expert advice and answers to your training questions in our marathon hub.
These meal plans were reviewed on 1 September 2021.
James Collins is recognised as a leading Performance Nutritionist through his work with Olympic and professional sport. Over the last decade he has worked with Arsenal FC, the England and France national football teams and Team GB. He has a private practice in Harley Street where he sees business executives, performing artists and clients from all walks of life. He is the author of the new book The Energy Plan, which focuses on the key principles of fuelling for fitness.
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