What do marathoners eat during a marathon?
Looking at the course map for the upcoming Georgia Marathon, they provide these six food items to the participants while on the course : )
And they also provide water & Powerade (17 times) to wash everything down!
Although I have a huge amount of respect for the marathon distance and those who do them, I really am not a fan of this distance. Of the 45 races so far for me, only three have been marathons. Marathons are hard. I am more of a fan of the half marathon distance, although half marathons are also hard, they are not as hard as a full marathon. However, it is my intention to do this marathon.
The reason: I want to do the Great Saunter (32 mile walk around Manhattan) again and this marathon is about six weeks before the Great Saunter. So over the next few months I will build up my walking distance to acclimate my body and mind to walking for up to 10 hours (or more). I will use this marathon as an interim goal.
What I really like about the Great Saunter, it is not a race. It is a saunter. Saunter, according to the dictionary, is to walk along in a slow and relaxed manner. So the goal is to basically see Manhattan at about 3 MPH, it is not about who can do the 32 miles the fastest.
Back to the Georgia Marathon - one of the things I really like about it, it is walker friendly. The following is from their FAQ page:
Although the 15 minute mile pace (4 MPH) is faster than what I need for the Great Saunter, this should set me up to be able to complete and enjoy the Great Saunter.
So that's my goal. Maybe I should start acclimating my body for the marathon foods : )