Marathon preparation can seem like an introductory course in endurance eating. Traditionally, the "last supper" before a race was carbo-loaded. Nowadays, long-distance runners favor more balanced meals throughout their training—helping to ensure that they don't accidentally consume something that doesn't sit well in their stomach the night before a big event. (See 5 Foods to Avoid Before a Race.)
Move through the slide show to get sample dinners and recipes, based on a 2,000 calorie diet, that will close out your daily meals all the way up to the night before the starting gun.
Want to see what your breakfasts, lunches and snacks should look like? Catch up:
- Gauging Nutrition for a Half or Full Marathon
- 15 Healthy Breakfast Options for Your Marathon Training
- 10 Healthy Lunch Options For Your Marathon Training
- 24 Healthy Snack Options For Your Marathon Training (With Bonus Recipe)
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