- 3 hours pre-race: a large baked sweet potato (no skin - the only time I don't eat it) and a nuun energy tab dissolved in about 12 oz water (40 mg caffeine). I can also do a plain potato, but I like sweet potatoes more, plus they are more nutrient-dense. Potatoes sit better with me than grains, but in a pinch I'm okay with breads, bagels, Cheerios, oatmeal, and other bland basic carbs.
- Between 2.5-0.5 hour pre-race: sip on 12 oz water with a second nuun energy tab.
- 1.5 hours pre-race: two scoops of Generation UCAN vanilla flavor mixed in about 8 oz of almond milk.
- During race: 3 Accel gels (each with 40 mg caffeine), around the 10K, 20K, and 30K marks, but with some variation based on the course aid station placement, because I try to take them with water. I always carry 4 gels just in case, but haven't taken the fourth recently. I also take water at each aid station, and at CIM I took nuun on the course because that's what I train with. I dislike other brands of sports drinks that are often provided in marathons, so I've typically used water only on the courses.
Gels & nuun energy
|That's nuun energy in water, Generation UCAN|
powder, & my baked sweet potato