Honest question: I’m training for my first marathon. Does it really matter where I get my calories from? I am burning between 1,000-2,000 calories a day training and my body seems to be hanging in there ok. Does it truly matter if I’m eating ribeye vs lean chicken? I feel like getting to 3,000-4,000 calories a day in a healthy fashion is really really hard. Just from a volume standpoint.

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Agree with Sbd1. One thing to add is to make sure you’re getting enough protein each day. Also supplements - Vitamin D, Iron, Magnesium help with recovery as well. Which marathon are you signed up for?

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Oh man, this is fantastic advice. I’m using strava’s marathon plan and was amazed at how it started off pretty intense.

My baseline coming into this was four to five 5-mile runs a week, and a 9-mile run every Sunday. Ran a half marathon distance a couple of times throughout last year when I would feel pretty good doing my normal 9-mile, so I’d stretch it another 4 miles.

Strava’s plan started out with a 14 mile run the first week, haha. I’m in week 3, and everything still feels ok, but it’s definitely a much more aggressive level than I was previously on. That being said, I’m definitely sticking to Strava’s 2 days off each week.

Your advice on the easy runs is well taken. I keep having to force myself to slow down, and I’m just not used to focusing on going slow. Im not fast, but it is a new sensation to be checking your speed to make sure you aren’t going too fast.

Any other advice you have, please send it my way. Im eager to learn from people who have done it before. Thanks again!

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The only thing I would be concerned about is your sugar intake. Not from fruit per se but candy and ice cream. Doubt that that’s an issue for you. You could also just eat more calorie dense food. Peanut butter and almond butter

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These bars are super clean but pack a lot of calories.

https://perfectsnacks.com

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As mentioned above, make sure you eat your protein targets, carbs and fat can come from any source that feels good to your body. Replenish those carbs and electrolytes. If you have time in your daily routine, try to incorporate 2 strength training sessions per week to help prevent injuries. I have run 9 half marathons and 3 full marathons. My best performance and overall experience came after I introduced weightlifting into the programming.

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Thanks for this advice! I greatly appreciate it. I’m apprehensive to add strength training just because I’m already using all the goodwill I have with my wife just finding the time to meet my running targets. I’m also 100% new to strength training and worried I’d blow something up based on sheer inexperience.

I can totally see how it makes you a stronger runner. Can you elaborate on how it helps with injury?

Again, thanks for the advice!

Ran my marathon today and wanted to come back here and thank everyone here for the advice you gave me at the beginning of this endeavor. I used virtually all of it and I’m really happy with the results.

Thanks all!

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Congratulations!

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