November 15, 2017

Las Vegas Marathon: My Diet the Week Leading up to Race Day

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I wrote this post last week and never had the chance to get it up here since I wanted to make sure my weekend meals were included. Now that the weekend (and race) is over, here it is- my diet the week leading up to marathon day. Spoiler alert, we finished the marathon despite a few hiccups along the course. A full race recap will be coming soon!

I’m running a marathon on Sunday. Yes, 26.2 miles. Have I been running? No, not really at all. In fact, October was probably the “laziest” I’ve been in terms of my fitness in years. I mean… Years. Stephen and I don’t really know what happened but we do know that we’ve hopped back on the train and we’re back at it again. If you’re reading for this for the first time and you’re thinking, “What in the heck? This girl runs marathons without training?” Yes, yes. It’s really stupid but I do because my mom and I are trying to complete one in every state. Most of the time it’s no big deal because I’m running and doing CrossFit all of the time anyway but this one will be very interesting considering how October was for me.

Fortunately, our diets didn’t really change at all despite our lack of exercising. This week, however, I know I need to be eating more carbs or “carbo load” as it’s commonly referred to, so that I don’t completely bonk during the run Sunday. Since I’m not tracking my macros anymore I really just base my carb consumption off of “feel”.

For those that care this is what I ate this week leading up to the marathon on Sunday. A couple of years ago this was really a science to me but now like I said, I just base it off of feel. When I was tracking I was typically eating around 1,800-2,100 calories a day and I’m guessing it’s still around the same or towards the lower end of the range most days. I’ve always responded really well to a lot of carbs so you might look at it and be like “Holy cow, girl eats a lot of carbs” and that’s completely true. I do!

Monday – Ran 5 miles

Breakfast: Cranberry bagel with whipped cream cheese + tea with 2 scoops of collagen

Lunch: Leftover andouille sausage with sauteed bell peppers and onion

Snack: 2 Clementines

Dinner: Leftover spaghetti squash and pasta sauce with roasted asparagus and a piece of garlic bread

Desert: Cream puffs … Ha.

Tuesday – Rest Day

Breakfast: Cranberry bagel with whipped cream cheese + tea with 2 scoops of collagen

Snack: Banana with natural peanut butter

Lunch: Leftover spaghetti squash and tomato basil pasta sauce

Snack: Oui Yogurt

Dinner: Sprout’s pumpkin risotto

Desert: Trader Joe’s dark chocolate covered pumpkin granola

Wednesday – Rest Day

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with Jimmy Dean sage sausage and cheddar cheese with a whole wheat English muffin + 1 clementine

Lunch: Tuna salad with lettuce on whole wheat bread

Snack: 2 clementines

Dinner: Homemade chicken and dumplings

Desert: Fruit salad (raspberries, blackberries, mango, clementines, strawberries, raw shaved coconut)

Thursday – Rode on the trainer for 40 minutes

Breakfast: 3 mini cinnamon rolls (yes, I said 3) + a cup of coffee

Snack: Tea with 2 scoops collagen

Lunch: Leftover chicken and dumplings + leftover fruit salad

Dinner: Leftover chicken and dumplings (can you tell we don’t like wasting any food? HAHA!) + sautéed zucchini and peppers

Desert: 2 clementines and 1 banana with chia seeds and shaved coconut

Friday (traveling day) – Ran 2 miles + foam roll + long stretch

Breakfast: Smoothie – a HUGE handful of spinach, 1 frozen banana, frozen berries, and 1 vanilla Premier Protein

Lunch: Meatball sub and taste tested a couple of cookies

Dinner: Shrimp fajitas

Desert: Cliff and I split a pumpkin spice cinnamon bun mmmm

Saturday – Walked a lot at the expo, etc.

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs

Lunch: Vegetarian salad from Cafe Rio with beans and rice and an extra tortilla

Dinner: Baked ziti and a big salad

Sunday- Race Day

Breakfast: Lemon poppy seed muffin, scrambled eggs, banana, coffee, and water water water

Lunch: 2 Smuckers Uncrustables (I love PB&J on race day!)

Snack: Chocolate chip protein bar

As for the race on Sunday, I don’t have a goal other than to get myself and my mom across the finish line before the time cap. It’s probably going to be a bit painful but we’ll be a-okay! We’re WELL aware of what we’re getting ourselves into.

Let me know if you have any questions about anything marathon related! I have to count my map for the official number but I think this might be #13 or 14 for me and 20 something for my mom. That lady is a rockstar!

with joy
jordan jean


  1. […] it started at 4:30 PM. We had never run a race in the evening, let alone a marathon. As I mentioned here, minimal training went into this “race”. When I say minimal, I mean literally, like 12 […]

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