Fuel Up: What The Elites Eat

  • By Sabrina Grotewold
  • Published Aug. 29, 2013

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


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

Post-Race Treat

  • Cinnamon rolls
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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.

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