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10 Healthy Lunch Options For Your Marathon Training

March 22, 2013 | Kait Fortunato

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Marathon training involves more than just pounding the pavement. Eating a balanced diet is also essential. During your training period, the right foods will provide essential nutrients, electrolytes, and energy for runs and recovery.

It tends to be easier to plan breakfasts and dinners since they're typically eaten at home. Lunch is trickier because you're usually at work or at school. However, if you're gearing up for a marathon, it's critically important to eat a balanced midday meal. (See 3 Ways to Pack a Healthier Lunch.)

Ensure that your body is ready to conquer all 26.2 miles with these 10 sample lunches, suitable for a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet. Adapt your portion sizes to your specific calorie goals, and work with a sports dietitian to plan out your exact needs.

Kait Fortunato
- Kait Fortunato is a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, a large and experienced nutrition practice in Maryland. She focuses on individualized nutritional recommendations...
Kait Fortunato
- Kait Fortunato is a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, a large and experienced nutrition practice in Maryland. She focuses on individualized nutritional recommendations...
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