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Eat for victory

Nutritionist Louise Pyne has created the ultimate nutrition guide to complement your marathon training and help you power through your running goals

Committing to run a marathon is a huge challenge in itself, and training to ace that 26.2 miles can be both exhilarating and daunting. To make the task as accessible as possible, good nutrition is essential. Eating smart will help to top up your energy tank, giving you the fuel required to tackle any obstacles that may come your way, and equally as important, it will give you the motivation and strength you need to build endurance.

And just as you need discipline in terms of training, you also need to be meticulous when it comes to what goes into your body – every drop of nutrition counts, so you won’t find any empty calories here. Here’s our marathon runners’

Functional food

It’s always important to start your day with a nutritious breakfast, and on training days the need is even greater. After sleep your body needs energy in order to help avoid energy dips when exercising. Carbohydrate and protein are the most vital macronutrients here, as they help avoid fatigue and repair muscle tissue – but don’t skimp on vegetables and fruit as these will help provide vitamins, minerals and healthy antioxidants. Add in small amounts of good fats for optimum health and always keep sugary processed foods and junk food to a minimum in order to avoid energy slumps which could negatively impact training.

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About Women’s Running

In the May issue of Women’s Running, we are fast and FIERCE. We uncover 15 ways that running can make you more powerful, physically and mentally, and we’ve put them to the test. We also investigate the controversial topic of disordered eating and running: what are the warning signs to look out for in ourselves and others, and how we can support people who show symptoms of this harrowing and broad reaching mental illness that is unhappily prevalent in our community. We speak to journalist and author Bella Mackie on how she used running to manage the symptoms of her anxiety - so well, in fact, that she wrote a book about it. And we review tons of kit, including trail backpacks for days off the beaten track, some stunning neutral shoes, and fab all-weather jackets. Plus, we’ve got a training guide for a five-mile race, the ultimate marathon nutrition guide, and a lustworthy compo from Ultra - win three pairs of shoes worth £360!