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How Can a Runner Conserve Energy at the End of a Race?

Marathon Runner Top Questions

“Is there anything to help with the energy level towards the end of the race? What is this best thing to eat the night before?” - Yvonne

As someone who has completed eight marathons, Lacy J. Hansen felt she could first sympathize and secondly offer some helpful hints.

As far as the night before, it’s really important to not eat too much or too heavy. Fats and fiber will not be your friend and the old idea of carb loading the night before isn’t going to help much.

"I feel that the best way to combat the fatigue that hits a runner in the final miles is to take more mid-run fuel than you think you need," said Lacy. "Just because you’re feeling great at mile 12, don’t skip your Gu or gel. Take it while you feel good, because by the time you’re feeling low energy, it’s probably too late to get it back."

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