Nutrition for marathon training: how much should I eat on the run?
Simple answer? There isn't one. Sorry about that.
You see everyone's different and age, weight and gender all play a huge part, as does experience - the more you've run, the more efficient your metabolism and the better you'll know how to manage it.
Yet despite there being no set answer, this has never stopped most sports nutrition companies from prescribing ever-increasing doses of their products to runners.
As an example, take the London marathon guide that has helpfully just dropped through the 33Fuel letterbox (a couple of us are official pacers this year). Here, courtesy of a sports nutrition company, comes a guide to marathon nutrition.
What do they suggest?
That you consume a LOT of their products. This means more sugar than you can shake a fat kid in a sweet shop at.
At no point is building your metabolic efficiency and fat burning abilities suggested as helpful or even relevant.
But there's no money to be made telling you that.
Because if you did build your fat burning abilities and tuned into your body's needs for nutrition rather than shovelling down products you don't need based on a schedule made up by a sales team, you'd be running on way less product and feeling a lot better about it.
You'd be happier, healthier and - most importantly - faster. Which is why at 33Fuel we do things differently. After all, our focus is your performance, health and a fitter future for us all. It's our Fuelosophy.
Nutrition for marathon training - as recommended by us:
At 33Fuel we'd rather see more people running happy, healthy and fast than chowing down endless product they don't need before blowing up, throwing up and more.
Which is why we're quite happy to tell you - building your fat burning abilities and listening to your body is the key to perfecting your nutrition for marathon training and racing. Perfect these and you'll nail race day like never before, you'll never fall prey to stomach trouble, and you'll be in total control of your marathon nutrition at all times.
It's also why we make all of our products out of 100% natural wholefood ingredients, for serious performance with serious health because you can't have one without the other.
Here's to your marathon training and that new PB ;)