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Boston Marathon Training Diet & Nutrition

Boston Marathon is known for being a tough race. So what type of diet is best suited for runners training for Boston marathon?

In a series of 2011 boston marathon group winners, Running Times magazine asked the group winners various question but one question caught my interest :-

What kind of pre-race and mid-race nutrition plan did you follow?

The best answer was from, Rami Bardeesy, 42, from Canada whon finished in 2:32:19.

I took in a slight increase in protein-rich foods during the last three weeks and a minor decrease in total calories in proportion to reduced running volume. Pre-race day consists of normal breakfast, followed by a massive carbo-load mid-day (~450g of carbs: maltodextrin, bagels, M&M’s, pretzels, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate) then light pasta dinner. On race day, I had a breakfast of coffee, juice, a bagel, a banana and more coffee, and then stayed hydrated until the race. On the run, I consumed a chocolate GU and water at miles 9, 15, 19 and 21 and some Gatorade every mile other than 1, 9, 15, 19, 21 and 25.

Elliptical Trainer Machine Under $500

If you are shopping for an elliptical cross trainer machine under $500. You may  have a look at  Stamina’sMagnetic 1773 Cross Trainer Elliptical.

Stamina Magnetic 1773 Cross trainer elliptical is listed online at a starting price of $279.99. This cheap Elliptical cross trainer is marketed by online by walgreens.com & kohls.com. It can also be found and bought at the following stores, Sears, Walmart, Sports Authority & Best buy.

FEATURES of the this cheap Stamina Magnetic 1773 Elliptical Trainer :-

  • Quiet, smooth, magnetic resistance
  • Dual-action handlebars and stationary hand grips
  • Use with dual-action handlebars for upper and lower body workout or with stationary hand grips for lower body only
  • Multi-function display shows workout time, speed, distance, calories burned, and heart rate.

Nike + Plus Ipod Running Shoes : Nike + Model Shoes

The Nike + plus running shoes are shoes from Nike that comes with a pouch for a sensor device from Nike that calculates the distance traveled, pace and calories burned by a runner.

Not all Nike shoes come with a ready made pouch for fitting the sensor, runners are advised to buy Nike+ model shoes.

One Nike+ model shoe is these Nike Men’s Air Max Moto + 6 shoes.

Once a runner purchase the gear he can register with official Nike Plus website to store his workouts.

Nike Plus does all these little things, like when you do your longest or fastest run, Lance Armstrong or Tiger Woods comes on and congratulates you on your iPod. So, you’re thinking while you’re running, I’m not going to get Tiger Woods unless I run really fast or long.

Running Myth : You Will Lose Weight By Running

I have always assumed that running leads to weight lose, but I was shocked to read the results of a runner who had covered over 200k in five days.

One of my favorite running blog is baldrunner, bald runner writes the biggest running blog in Philippines.

He went on a five days adventure run and he posted his experience in his blog

Summary

Total Distance Covered: 242.25 kilometers

Total Time (Run/Walk): 36:53:16 hours

Total Calories Burned: 15,467 cal

Weight Before The Run: 140 lbs

Weight After The Run: 145 lbs

Read the full report at his blog post Adventure Run stats

Michael Phelps Sports Energy Drink : Carnation Instant Breakfast

I was surfing around the internet when I found this interesting piece on cbs news

During a 2004 Summer Olympics awash in controversies over steroids and supplements, one sportswriter wryly noticed that top American swimmer Michael Phelps was playing it safe — he preferred to drink Carnation Instant Breakfast between races.

I wondered whether Carnation Instant Breakfast supplement had any special ingredient that made Phelp’s swimmer faster than competition.

One fact about Carnation Instant breakfast is that it contains key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, in quantities that sports drinks like gatorade can’t match.

The carnation instant breakfast also contains alot of calories, it adds 130 calories to a single glass of milk.

All this benefits of carnation instant breakfast helps to hasten recovery.

How To Make Chocolate Milk : Homemade Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk is the new sports drink, many runners drink chocolate milk during a race and drink it after a race as a recovery drink.

If you are one of those people like me who love the kitchen and you want to make your own chocolate milk, this chocolate milk recipe might interest you?

For a homemade cold choclate milk recipe:

11 ounces milk

1 ounce water

1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa

2 tablespoons sugar

How to brew chocolate mix

  • Put sugar, cocoa, and water in microwavable 12 oz glass.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds or until sugar and cocoa dissolve.
  • add cold milk and stir.

You can drink your choclate milk cold or warm.

Some facts about chocolate milk.

Chocolate milk has 60 more calories than pure milk.

Lance Armstrong Nutritional Plan : Lance Diet Program

Chris Carmichael was Lance Armstrong coach since 1990 and he is the one who designed his nutritional program that powered the Texan to eight Tour De France victories.

The goal of the nutritional program was to ensure Lance Armstrong remained lean and powerful.

The coach looked at the demands of his training and lifestyle and used that information to design his nutrition program.

Off season training diet

During the fall and winter Lance trained at moderate intensity. To fuel this level of training, he didnt need as many calories as he does at the height of the racing season. He ate less food during this time. 60% of his calories came from carbohydrates. Protein was added into the mix

Training for The Tour De France.

AS the tour neared, the coach altered the nutritional program. Lance ate more food and 70% of his calories came from carbohydrates because he needed the fast-burning fuel to power his aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. Protein intake was reduced.

As adopted from NBC article to read the full article click the link.

Daily Food For Runners & Athletes

Because carbohydrates are the primary fuel source for active muscles, athletes need to consume them on a daily basis.

Carbohydrate-rich foods include: –

  1. Fruits
  2. vegetables (potatoes and beans),
  3. Grains,
  4. Breads,
  5. cereals and some dairy products (milk and yogurt).

In general, the best diet for an athlete is one that contains a variety of foods from each of the major food groups—this will help ensure that your diet is made up of nutrient-rich foods.

Approximately 55-60% of total calories should come from carbohydrates. Athletes need to consume carbohydrates before, during and after exercise to provide fuel for the body and support overall health.

Sports drink recipe from “Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook”

Sports nutrition is necessary for healthy athlete development. Nancy Clark has written a guidebook “Sports Nutrition Guide book” I found this sports drink recipe inside.

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 1/2 cups cold water

In a quart pitcher, dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water. Add the remaining ingredients and the cold water. The drink contains about 50 calories and 110 mg of sodium per 8 ounces, approximately the same as for most sports drinks.

Benefit Of Eating Chocolate : Black Vs White Chocolate

Researchers have proven black Chocolate is good for your health. Although white chocolate is not rated highly, I tend to believe white chocolate is also good for runners.

Black / Dark chocolate has 80 calories per serving whereas white chocolate has 916 calories per serving.

Chocolate as a recovery food.

I choose to eat a chocolate as my recovery food after my running work outs. Those 916 calories help to restore the spent calories.

The sugars found in chocolate are simple sugars the same that you find in a Soda. Eating a chocolate after my running exercise help me get a quick fix.

To get proper nutrition I later eat complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes and avacados.

A chocolate cannot be considered a proper food but it can be useful as a quick fix immediately after a marathon.