It’s a well-known fact that it makes a difference what you eat before a marathon.
Well, I say now that it’s well-known, but I’m not really one to talk. The first time I ran a marathon, I completely dismissed most of the conventional wisdom about what to eat beforehand. It sounded to me like a lot of superstitious nonsense, and I couldn’t believe that so many of my fellow runners bought it.
I paid the price for my arrogance, and my first marathon was very nearly my last. These days, though, I turn to these tried-and-true recipes when I run.
You’re looking for a recipe that has lots of carbs, and pasta can deliver this as few other foods can. All you’ll need is a sixteen-ounce box of spaghetti and two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Put a large pot of salted water on the stove and get in boiling; on a different burner, heat up the oil on medium-high. Add the pasta to the water and cook it-this should take about eight minutes, and you can pour in the olive oil when you’re done.
Personally, I love to mix in toppings like red peppers when I make spaghetti, but do whatever you like.
Kebabs Over Pasta
This is another pasta recipe-a slightly more exciting one this time-but now a hearty serving of protein is incorporated as well. For the first part, you’ll need a pound of chicken tenderloins, one red onion, one bell pepper, and a quarter of a cup of extra virgin olive oil.
Take all of the ingredients and combine them in a large bowl; allow them to marinate twenty to thirty minutes. Then the chicken, onion, and pepper alike onto the skewers, and serve over a pasta of your choice.
Fish With Rice
Fish isn’t the most conventional choice when it comes to marathon prep, but it’s good for you whether you’re a runner or not. First, you’ll want to preheat the oven to four hundred twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit, and make sure you have an appropriate pan. While the oven heats up, combine butter, water, and rice in a pan over high heat; bring the water to a boil and add salt if you wish. Cook the fish and serve with rice-vegetables are nice with this meal, too, but I’ll let you pick out which.
My nephew would pick broccoli, but that’s because the salmon-rice-broccoli combination is, oddly enough, his favorite meal of all time. Whatever you end up eating, I hope you enjoy it as much as he does!