The Simple Man’s Marathon Diet

I don’t claim to be a “healthy eater”.  I do however manage to work a full-time and part-time job while spending 20-25 hours a week training for an upcoming marathon.

Somehow the energy is there – whether it’s genetics, a blessing from God or diet is anyone’s guess.

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My essentials: These are a few of the foods that will prompt an immediate trip to the grocery store, when running low.

  • Fruit – I eat usually eat 3-4 bananas a week. They are a great source of potassium and an excellent fuel for long workouts. I have also become a huge fan of smoothies.
  • Fish – I also eat a lot of fish (tuna, tilapia, walleye, polluck) they are a great source of low-fat protein and Omega-3s.
  • Greens – I am not a huge salad guy, but I have found that I love spinach. Fortunate for me it is a great source of fiber.
  • Eggs – Eggs are a high in saturated fat, but a great source of protein and when hard-boiled they are such a handy snack.
  • Pickles – They are very high in sodium, but another great source of fiber.
  • Peanut Butter – I could care less if it’s good for me or not. I just love it!
  • Granola – A healthy snack and a great source of carbohydrate.
  • Chicken – My go-to source for protein. Chicken is high in protein and low in saturated fat (when cooked properly).

Of course these foods make up just a fraction of my overall diet and with a busy lifestyle I’m often eating on the run. Maybe I’ll dedicate the next post to my fast food faves.


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