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What I am Going to Eat the Day Before KBC Dublin Marathon


One of the recent lessons I’ve learned is to not get complacent around running. Prepping for a marathon is essential. 26.2 miles is no joke.

A key part of prepping for a marathon is nutrition. Here is what I am going to eat the day before Dublin Marathon:

What I Will Eat On Saturday

11 am: Bowl of pasta
2 pm: I will go to an Italian restaurant and have a bigger bowl of pasta.
4pm: At the Dublin Marathon Expo, I will have another bowl of pasta.
7 pm: I will go to another Italian restaurant and… you guessed it… I’ll have some more pasta.

My Water Intake

That for me is the ideal prep. Pasta and a constant stream of water. Usually, I am terrible for drinking water. I’ll have 1/1.5L a day MAX. But on Saturday, I’ll make sure to drink at least 3 or 4 liters. I’ll be completely hydrated when I wake up Sunday and I won’t drink too much water on race morning.

What I Will Eat Sunday Morning (Event-Day)

Although I should not be admitting this – I will have a full Irish fry at 7 am on Sunday morning.

For me, that’s just what works. I enjoy a decent breakfast every now and then so I use this as a bit of a treat before the off. So, find out what works for you and stick to it. Eat whatever has worked best just before your long training runs. And DO NOT have a full Irish! 🙂


Ray is the founder of Proactive Design & Marketing and RunIreland,com. A graphic designer and creative strategist by day, Ray is an avid marathon runner outside of office hours, recently completing his 152nd marathon, including multiple MDS, 100mile, and 24hour events as well as 10 marathons in 10 days. He has no plans on stopping anytime soon.