Menu

Fuel Up: What The Elites Eat

  • By Sabrina Grotewold
  • Published Aug. 29, 2013
Photo: PhotoRun.net

Ryan Hall

The 29-year-old American record holder in the half-marathon and fastest American marathoner ever normally eats nutrient-dense meals, but strays from fibrous foods the day before a race. Here’s what he consumed prior to finishing second in the 2012 Olympic marathon trials:

Pre-Race Dinner

  • Brown-rice pasta with olive oil and cake batter-flavored Muscle Milk (broken into two meals)

Race-Day Breakfast

  • Muscle Milk shake with Cytocarb mixed in a 3:1 carb-to-protein ratio
  • Just before horn: 1 gel packet

Race Fuel

  • Six bottles of Cytomax (he sips 5 to 8 ounces) and two bottles mixed with gels and water

Post-Race

  • Fruit, “and whatever else I can get my hands on—lots of food”

Post-Race Treat

  • Cinnamon rolls
« PreviousNext »

FILED UNDER: Inside The Magazine / Nutrition TAGS: / / / / / / /

Sabrina Grotewold

Sabrina Grotewold

Sabrina Grotewold is runner and editor based in southern California. Christened the Kitchen MacGyver by her husband, she’s determined to persuade people to eat their veggies.

Get our best running content delivered to your inbox

Subscribe to the FREE Competitor Running weekly newsletter