Evening meal night before marathon

Evening meal night before marathon

Post by QuestionQuigle » Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:53:14


My daughter had stomach problems in her last two marathons. Basically,
stomach cramping and diarrhea late into each race. She is quite
competitive at just sub 3 hours. In both marathons she had substantial
leads of up to 5 minutes with about 4 miles left and was not running too
hard; basically sub 7 minute miles.

In one of the races she had to drop at at about 22 miles and in the
other she had to spend about 5 minutes in the head, costing her a win.

The night before, in both instances she, ate a tossed salad with very
little dressing and spaghetti with light red gravy. A cup of coffee
before the races and very little food.

Any ideas on controlling her stomach's reaction? She is a vegetarian and
really never over eats at any one sitting. She may have some Goo during
the race and some water.

She has been running competitively for ten years and running marathons
for about six years. Runs an average of 70 miles per week and will run
anything from 5 k to a marathon. Runs 3 - 4 marathons per year.

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Evening meal night before marathon

Post by John Hurle » Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:05:41

Quigley:

# Basically, stomach cramping and diarrhea late into each race.

For fast runners like your daughter cramping late in a marathon often
seems to be dehydration related.  Could be a question of hydration
before/during the race.  Carb loading is often done 24/36 hours prior
to a marathon.

I personally am a big fan of strong coffee before a 5k but might be a
problem for some at marathon distances.

That's tough to abandon the lead in a marathon to use a bathroom ...
many people might choose to win and have brown socks/shoes.

 
 
 

Evening meal night before marathon

Post by Ken » Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:45:50



Quote:

>My daughter had stomach problems in her last two marathons. Basically,
>stomach cramping and diarrhea late into each race. She is quite
>competitive at just sub 3 hours. In both marathons she had substantial
>leads of up to 5 minutes with about 4 miles left and was not running
>too hard; basically sub 7 minute miles.

>In one of the races she had to drop at at about 22 miles and in the
>other she had to spend about 5 minutes in the head, costing her a win.

>The night before, in both instances she, ate a tossed salad with very
>little dressing and spaghetti with light red gravy. A cup of coffee
>before the races and very little food.

>Any ideas on controlling her stomach's reaction? She is a vegetarian
>and really never over eats at any one sitting. She may have some Goo
>during the race and some water.

>She has been running competitively for ten years and running marathons
>for about six years. Runs an average of 70 miles per week and will run
>anything from 5 k to a marathon. Runs 3 - 4 marathons per year.

>Reply to group.
>Thanks,

I would suggest eat as close as possible to her normal diet the day
before, and eat breakfast about 3 hours before race start.

I can't imagine what effect coffee has but If the problem persists I
would at least experiment with cutting it out and seeing if that helps.

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Evening meal night before marathon

Post by Dot » Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:58:02


Quote:

> My daughter had stomach problems in her last two marathons. Basically,
> stomach cramping and diarrhea late into each race. She is quite
> competitive at just sub 3 hours. In both marathons she had substantial
> leads of up to 5 minutes with about 4 miles left and was not running too
> hard; basically sub 7 minute miles.

> In one of the races she had to drop at at about 22 miles and in the
> other she had to spend about 5 minutes in the head, costing her a win.

> The night before, in both instances she, ate a tossed salad with very
> little dressing and spaghetti with light red gravy. A cup of coffee
> before the races and very little food.

What does she normally eat before her long runs or tempo runs - both the
night before and day of? and maybe days leading up to race. HOw many
hours before the race does she get up and drink or eat? Does she have
the same problems on training runs? Granted, training long runs are
generally slower than racing marathon.

The fact that it's toward the end makes me wonder about under-something
- either too few calories or too little fluid or something.

Quote:

> Any ideas on controlling her stomach's reaction? She is a vegetarian and
> really never over eats at any one sitting. She may have some Goo during
> the race and some water.

How about a different brand of gel or different flavor?

In my own case (very slow), I don't like the bitterness of coffee nor
the excessive sweetness of many gels (gag reflex), but I can eat pizza
the night before and day of. Just to say that what one eats and drinks
is all very individual. (I may have spaghetti plus pizza where the race
has a spaghetti feed the night before.)

Quote:

> She has been running competitively for ten years and running marathons
> for about six years. Runs an average of 70 miles per week and will run
> anything from 5 k to a marathon. Runs 3 - 4 marathons per year.

> Reply to group.
> Thanks,

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"Surrender to the run and allow it to take you, rather than trying to
control or force an outcome."
 
 
 

Evening meal night before marathon

Post by <mclear.. » Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:41:22

Runners trots, have them at times and in my 12 marathons have have bowel
issues maybe 4 times.

My daughter had stomach problems in her last two marathons. Basically,
stomach cramping and diarrhea late into each race. She is quite
competitive at just sub 3 hours. In both marathons she had substantial
leads of up to 5 minutes with about 4 miles left and was not running too
hard; basically sub 7 minute miles.

In one of the races she had to drop at at about 22 miles and in the
other she had to spend about 5 minutes in the head, costing her a win.

The night before, in both instances she, ate a tossed salad with very
little dressing and spaghetti with light red gravy. A cup of coffee
before the races and very little food.

Any ideas on controlling her stomach's reaction? She is a vegetarian and
really never over eats at any one sitting. She may have some Goo during
the race and some water.

She has been running competitively for ten years and running marathons
for about six years. Runs an average of 70 miles per week and will run
anything from 5 k to a marathon. Runs 3 - 4 marathons per year.

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Evening meal night before marathon

Post by <mclear.. » Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:51:31

I will try again. In 12 marathons I have had issues at least 3-4 times. It
cost a little time but not huge if you just take care of business and get
back on the course. I have this in normally training runs too and have had
for all my running years of about 34. I do think it is best to avoid big
meals and eat light the night before the marathon. If the marathon is Sunday
as typical then my pre race meal is Friday. I think of the day before as
maintaining the stores with actually not a lot of food. Some say milk
products. others, red sauce, and a whole host of food. I never have found a
link and keep good records. For my best guess is the actually refine sugars
and low residue diet the day before is best. My best marathon was on a plate
of plain noddles and 5 plain dinner rolls with butter the night before. I
have about 1500 calories that evening. My normal evening meal would probably
run 2000 calories. I might add I always drink two beers before dinner every
day and did in the race what I do in training, I drank 2 beers for dinner
with the noddle and rolls.

My daughter had stomach problems in her last two marathons. Basically,
stomach cramping and diarrhea late into each race. She is quite
competitive at just sub 3 hours. In both marathons she had substantial
leads of up to 5 minutes with about 4 miles left and was not running too
hard; basically sub 7 minute miles.

In one of the races she had to drop at at about 22 miles and in the
other she had to spend about 5 minutes in the head, costing her a win.

The night before, in both instances she, ate a tossed salad with very
little dressing and spaghetti with light red gravy. A cup of coffee
before the races and very little food.

Any ideas on controlling her stomach's reaction? She is a vegetarian and
really never over eats at any one sitting. She may have some Goo during
the race and some water.

She has been running competitively for ten years and running marathons
for about six years. Runs an average of 70 miles per week and will run
anything from 5 k to a marathon. Runs 3 - 4 marathons per year.

Reply to group.
Thanks,
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Evening meal night before marathon

Post by QuestionQuigle » Tue, 12 Feb 2013 04:32:47


Quote:
> I will try again. In 12 marathons I have had issues at least 3-4 times.
> It cost a little time but not huge if you just take care of business and
> get back on the course. I have this in normally training runs too and
> have had for all my running years of about 34. I do think it is best to
> avoid big meals and eat light the night before the marathon. If the
> marathon is Sunday as typical then my pre race meal is Friday. I think
> of the day before as maintaining the stores with actually not a lot of
> food. Some say milk products. others, red sauce, and a whole host of
> food. I never have found a link and keep good records. For my best guess
> is the actually refine sugars and low residue diet the day before is
> best. My best marathon was on a plate of plain noddles and 5 plain
> dinner rolls with butter the night before. I have about 1500 calories
> that evening. My normal evening meal would probably run 2000 calories. I
> might add I always drink two beers before dinner every day and did in
> the race what I do in training, I drank 2 beers for dinner with the
> noddle and rolls.


> My daughter had stomach problems in her last two marathons. Basically,
> stomach cramping and diarrhea late into each race. She is quite
> competitive at just sub 3 hours. In both marathons she had substantial
> leads of up to 5 minutes with about 4 miles left and was not running too
> hard; basically sub 7 minute miles.

> In one of the races she had to drop at at about 22 miles and in the
> other she had to spend about 5 minutes in the head, costing her a win.

> The night before, in both instances she, ate a tossed salad with very
> little dressing and spaghetti with light red gravy. A cup of coffee
> before the races and very little food.

> Any ideas on controlling her stomach's reaction? She is a vegetarian and
> really never over eats at any one sitting. She may have some Goo during
> the race and some water.

> She has been running competitively for ten years and running marathons
> for about six years. Runs an average of 70 miles per week and will run
> anything from 5 k to a marathon. Runs 3 - 4 marathons per year.

> Reply to group.
> Thanks,

Thank you to all who have replied.  I did not see the responses
initially for some reason. Maybe I did not expand all of the threads in
Thunderbird.

I will forward your responses to her.

She has not had an digestive issues on her long training runs, which can
be up to 20 miles at a good pace, at or near the pace she would run for
a marathon. Generally drinks only decaf coffee and does drink it before
the race (loves her coffee). But cutting out the coffee the morning of a
race might be a possible solution.

Definitely does not eat heavily the night before a marathon.

Again, thank you.

Dennis
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