Fitness Friday : Fueling

So it is no big secret that my first goal race of 2013 is this weekend. The Asics LA Marathon is a race where I will be putting everything on the line and going for a Boston Qualifying time and PR. After my final runs which occur today (6 miles) and tomorrow (3 miles), I will have logged 1032+ miles since December 10. One week after the California International Marathon, I changed a lot of things when it came to training for the Asics LA Marathon. I ran more miles in a training cycle than I have ever done in my previous training cycles for the prior 11 marathons. Those weeks included five 70+ mile weeks, five 80+ mile weeks, one 100+ mile week, one 50+ mile week, one 60+ mile week and a 30 mile taper week. Along with these high mile weeks, one thing I contribute to training is my fueling / nutrition during this time period.

my 14 week training cycle with 2 days remaining of taper

Hitting the road and running races or training away from home sometimes is a cause of concern when it comes to proper fueling. As we all know fueling is part of fitness just like the running portion of it. So how do I overcome the craziness that has to do with traveling or running a race away from home? I bring my breakfast with me everywhere I travel. Since October 1st, I have had a smoothie and salad every single day. However, since my training cycle for the Asics LA Marathon started, I have found a smoothie creation that works for me before my workouts. Often times other mixtures of items cause for concern with my stomach. With my goal of putting everything I have into the marathon on Sunday March 17, I am not leaving anything to chance when it comes to fueling on race day morning.

Before hitting the road, I will be preparing two servings of smoothies so I have it with me for Saturday’s breakfast and Sunday’s pre-race consumption. Fortunately, I am driving and can store the smoothies in an ice chest without worrying about getting onto a plane as that could change things a bit. The salads are pretty easy to come across while on the road, so I do not pack those with me. So what goes into my own magic potion? It isn’t anything fancy, but things I would prefer to make sure I have with me and not have to travel with a blender if possible:

  • 1 medium banana
  • Silk PURE Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop of Organic Food Bar Vegan Protein (Chocolate)
  • 2 small scoops of ground flax seed
  • two handfuls of frozen spinach
  • two handfuls of frozen blueberries

Do you ever bring your pre-made meals with you when you hit the road for race events? What are your Fitness Friday recommendations when it comes to fueling on the road? 

2 thoughts on “Fitness Friday : Fueling

  1. Wow I really love this post. I wish you the best this weekend and hope you qualify for Boston. Tweet the recap looking forward to re-tweeting it! luv @runningbloggers


  2. thank you. I will keep the @runningbloggers community updated with what happens after Sunday.


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