Fuel Up: What The Elites Eat

Kara Goucher.

Here’s a look at how pro runners fuel before, during and after a race. 

Kara Goucher

The 2007 world champs bronze medalist in the 10,000-meter run and 37-year-old who is sponsored by Oiselle, Skechers, Nuun and Soleus watches, spends the week leading up to a marathon hydrating and building carb stores with plain white foods. Here’s what she ate before, during and after taking third at the 2012 U.S. Olympic marathon trials:

Pre-Race Dinner

  • Rolls, rice, chicken and grilled vegetables

Race-Day Breakfast

  • Banana, instant apple-cinnamon oatmeal, a couple of cups of coffee

Race Fuel

  • Nuun Energy with B vitamins to help turn carbohydrates into accessible fuel


  • Nuun All Day Hydration and water
  • Three hours after: club sandwich

Post-Race Treat

  • Nachos

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