Runnersworld.co.uk's Marathon Gift Guide

Treat the runner in your life - or yourself - to a gift worthy of the 26.2 mile feat


Posted: 14 April 2011

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A Meal to Remember

After months of fine-tuning your nutrition strategy and eating healthily for your marathon, we think it's time for a not-so-healthy food fix as a reward. Stagger to a pub or restaurant close to the marathon finish line and tuck in.

"As long as you get sufficient fluid, carbs and some protein, the high fat aspect of many pub meals is of little concern after running a marathon. So as long as you eat a decent meal you will be aiding recovery," says ASICS PRO Team dietician Ruth McKean. 

Ruth recommends fresh orange and lemonade or even a lager shandy to help you rehydrate. Add garlic bread as a side order to bulk up your carbohydrates and snack on peanuts while you're waiting, for a protein and salt fix. "Just don't do this every day," warns Ruth, but enjoy it while it lasts.


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