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Q: There are a lot of first-timers tackling their first marathon this fall—do you have any nutritional recommendations for them as it relates to your own fueling leading up the next weekend?
A: It’s important to fuel before the run, during the run and after the run. I rely on just really good quality foods. It’s hard when you’re out running really long efforts and away from my refrigerator, it’s easy to grab the easiest thing. But when I’m away, I make sure to grab my hydration, which is usually an electrolyte. I’ve been working with KIND bars, which has a good combo of natural ingredients and fats and carbs, which I need. Those are my go-tos when I’m away from my house. But leading up to the race, I just don’t go too crazy with the carbo-loading; I mix in some snacks to make that happen. I keep it pretty simple, nothing too crazy.
Indeed, that reinforces what ASICS fitness and nutrition coach Michelle Lovitt shared with us here before the ASICS LA Marathon earlier this year. Make sure to revisit her tips there as well, and avoid too much of a good thing with carbo-loading. If you gain a pound or two before your marathon, you'll be in good shape.
Read the full Shalane Flanagan interview here.