Countdown to The London Marathon

Countdown to the London Marathon

Give yourself a much needed boost of wholegrain goodness to get yourself from start to finish!

We all know how important it is to properly fuel our bodies before exercise and it’s especially true when it comes to running a marathon, so we’re sharing our tips and tricks to keep you in top condition…

If you plan to run twenty six miles then you will need carbohydrates, but not just any old carbs! Nutrient rich options like Basmati rice slowly release energy to keep levels consistent whilst you are training. Wholegrain carbohydrates are the best choice as they provide a great source of fibre as well as a whole host of essential vitamins and minerals. Wholegrain Basmati rice, with the bran layer intact, is the ideal healthy choice to keep you going.

If you’re planning a big run, a portion of wholegrain carbohydrate paired with a lean piece of meat such as chicken or turkey will give you the boost to help you go those extra miles. Fish is also a great source of protein and its packed with omega 3 fatty acids which can help reduce joint pain or stiffness.

After your run, your body will need to replenish its stores of carbs (for energy) and protein (for muscle repair). Smoothies containing banana and milk are a great way to do this and won’t feel too heavy on your stomach after a run. Having something ready for when you’ve finished is a great idea too, as you won’t have to make something from scratch when you’re tired.

When it comes to running a Marathon, planning and preparation are key to success. It’s a good idea to trial your recipe for race day a few weeks in advance, to make sure it works well for you. For the perfect pre-marathon day meal, we recommend this Sea Bass with Warm Rice Lentil Salad to fuel you till the finish line!

For more inspiration on how to cook a healthy Wholegrain Basmati recipe click here.

Good luck to all this years runners!