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Bigzperson
09-22-2008, 11:12 AM
Hello,

I have decided to walk the USMC marathon with my pack on. I estimate it will take me at least 7 hours to do so. I wanted to ask for any tips/advice on what to eat while I am on the move. Thanks.

willldabeast
09-22-2008, 11:40 AM
trail mix, sandwich, jerky, fruit

opbyg
09-22-2008, 11:48 AM
juice, sports drinks, nuts, dried fruits, sandwiches, ( gum ;D )

BuckSpin
09-22-2008, 01:29 PM
To me, there is a reason that stuff is called "trail mix".

LoRdAc][d
09-22-2008, 03:35 PM
jerky, Nuts, sammich, gatorade

james.vs.you
09-22-2008, 03:50 PM
Water, don't be a pussy.



I mean come on, it's the USMC marathon. What would they think if you showed up with a cute little box of Fruit-Roll-Ups?

Bigzperson
09-22-2008, 06:01 PM
If you think you can go 26 miles on just water, please be my guest and give it a shot.

Thanks for all the posts, but I was hoping for a more scientific approach. Seeing as how glucose and sugars will hit my body faster, I was wondering if perhaps something carb oriented would be in order.

Just out of curiousity, where would I put the sammiches?? =p

BlueFenix13S
09-22-2008, 06:05 PM
MRE baby! That's what those f**kers were made for :D


But if you want something that actually tastes like food, toss some raisins, mixed nuts, and cheerios in a bag and chow down as you go. Wash it down with a camelbak or water bottle full of whey + gatorade.

As for carbs versus fats, your body will primarily be using fat for fuel at that intensity, but it wouldn't hurt to have some gatorade or other carb as well to keep from tanking later on.

Bigzperson
09-22-2008, 06:11 PM
MRE baby! That's what those f**kers were made for :D


But if you want something that actually tastes like food, toss some raisins, mixed nuts, and cheerios in a bag and chow down as you go. Wash it down with a camelbak or water bottle full of whey + gatorade.

As for carbs versus fats, your body will primarily be using fat for fuel at that intensity, but it wouldn't hurt to have some gatorade or other carb as well to keep from tanking later on.

Sir, when was the last time you ate an MRE? I avoid them at all costs.

Bioteknik
09-22-2008, 06:12 PM
If you think you can go 26 miles on just water, please be my guest and give it a shot.

Thanks for all the posts, but I was hoping for a more scientific approach. Seeing as how glucose and sugars will hit my body faster, I was wondering if perhaps something carb oriented would be in order.

Just out of curiousity, where would I put the sammiches?? =p

frontload.. you think that the people running the marine corps marathon are going to have anything more than a few gels and gatorade along the way?

james.vs.you
09-22-2008, 06:25 PM
Sir, when was the last time you ate an MRE? I avoid them at all costs.

Why are you so damn nit-picky?


Here.. Go read for yourself.

http://www.runningwarehouse.com/LearningCenter/health/EatDrinkMara.html

http://www.runwithsam.com/articlemarathonnutrition.htm

http://www.ehow.com/how_7778_eat-drink-during.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art

http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/tips_archives/marathon_training.html

http://www.runningplanet.com/training/marathon-nutrition.html

http://www.kron.com/Global/story.asp?S=7159061

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/berardi2.htm

http://www.goodhealth.com/articles/2008/01/28/eating_your_way_to_a_successful_marathon

http://www.marathonrookie.com/marathon-day-tips.html

http://www.triendurance.com/Related.asp?PageID=99&NavID=7




Now go read, tie your damn shoes and run.

Bigzperson
09-22-2008, 10:11 PM
frontload.. you think that the people running the marine corps marathon are going to have anything more than a few gels and gatorade along the way?

I just ran a full marathon this past Saturday. Perhaps my question was not clear. I am going to HUMP the USMC marathon, an event that will be much longer and more taxing on my body. The usual nutrional advice for a marathon will not apply here. Thanks though.


Why are you so damn nit-picky?


Here.. Go read for yourself.

http://www.runningwarehouse.com/LearningCenter/health/EatDrinkMara.html

http://www.runwithsam.com/articlemarathonnutrition.htm

http://www.ehow.com/how_7778_eat-drink-during.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art

http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/tips_archives/marathon_training.html

http://www.runningplanet.com/training/marathon-nutrition.html

http://www.kron.com/Global/story.asp?S=7159061

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/berardi2.htm

http://www.goodhealth.com/articles/2008/01/28/eating_your_way_to_a_successful_marathon

http://www.marathonrookie.com/marathon-day-tips.html

http://www.triendurance.com/Related.asp?PageID=99&NavID=7




Now go read, tie your damn shoes and run.

Have you ever eaten an MRE? They are disgusting, trust me. I read the first 4 links, all good stuff, but all pertaining to the RUNNING of a marathon. I ran the USAF marathon out here in 3:42. My marching time will be double that, at the very least, so my body will need more than the quick fix of glucose. Just out of curiousity, when was the last time you ran 26 miles? =)

BlueFenix13S
09-22-2008, 10:19 PM
Sir, when was the last time you ate an MRE? I avoid them at all costs.

Haha oh man trust me, I know those things are rancid. Especially the veggie omelet :eek:

About the only good thing in there is the jalapeno cheese and the M&M's/Skittles if you're lucky enough to get them.

Bigzperson
09-22-2008, 10:48 PM
Haha oh man trust me, I know those things are rancid. Especially the veggie omelet :eek:

About the only good thing in there is the jalapeno cheese and the M&M's/Skittles if you're lucky enough to get them.

In Oki, all the MRE's are 5 years old. This causes the cheese, applesauce, tabasco, clam chowder, and several other less savoy items to all go BAD. At least here in the desert they have the NEW ones. I have been sorry to see a decrease in the skittles though...

gjohnson5
09-22-2008, 11:14 PM
In Oki, all the MRE's are 5 years old. This causes the cheese, applesauce, tabasco, clam chowder, and several other less savoy items to all go BAD. At least here in the desert they have the NEW ones. I have been sorry to see a decrease in the skittles though...

The MRE w/the clam chowder I found to be the worse. The veggie omlet get the most talk about being disgusting. I really didn't mind that one. The pasta ones I found to be pretty bad as well.
Skittles and M&M's are always a treat. The ranger bar isn't bad either.

Anyway is this the race in Freidricksburg?

BuckSpin
09-23-2008, 05:05 AM
Thanks for all the posts, but I was hoping for a more scientific approach. Seeing as how glucose and sugars will hit my body faster, I was wondering if perhaps something carb oriented would be in order.

Trail Mix...typically a combo of:

Oats/Grains: slow carbs
Dried Fruit: fast carbs & fiber
Nuts/Seeds: good fats
Chocolate: fast carbs, good fats (if dark), antioxidants

Make your own.

Bigzperson
09-23-2008, 08:26 AM
The MRE w/the clam chowder I found to be the worse. The veggie omlet get the most talk about being disgusting. I really didn't mind that one. The pasta ones I found to be pretty bad as well.
Skittles and M&M's are always a treat. The ranger bar isn't bad either.

Anyway is this the race in Freidricksburg?

No, my friend, it is in the sandbox, and if you are fimiliar with opsec, you will know why I cannot tell you where.


Trail Mix...typically a combo of:

Oats/Grains: slow carbs
Dried Fruit: fast carbs & fiber
Nuts/Seeds: good fats
Chocolate: fast carbs, good fats (if dark), antioxidants

Make your own.

I would love, to make my own, however, being deployed renders this nearly impossible. I might be able to round up some things, but none of them will be the healthy type. I apologize if I seemed to blow off you earlier trail mix suggestion. I am not very good with carbs/glucose and the breakdowns of what foods have which. Thank you for the advice Buckspin. How much would you recommend to eat over a 7 hour period and how often? THANKS!

Bioteknik
09-23-2008, 09:09 AM
USMC marathon isn't the Marine Corps marathon?

gjohnson5
09-23-2008, 09:27 AM
USMC marathon isn't the Marine Corps marathon?

Which is exactly what I thought

The Marine Corps has a marathon in several places Quanitco, Freidricksburg, Arlington etc

Bigzperson
09-23-2008, 10:02 AM
USMC marathon isn't the Marine Corps marathon?


Which is exactly what I thought

The Marine Corps has a marathon in several places Quanitco, Freidricksburg, Arlington etc

We are having it here, where troops are deployed. We just had the USAF marathon last Saturday. I am not aware as to the 'true' marathon, but we are running here all the same. Its good for morale.

BuckSpin
09-23-2008, 10:04 AM
I would love, to make my own, however, being deployed renders this nearly impossible. I might be able to round up some things, but none of them will be the healthy type. I apologize if I seemed to blow off you earlier trail mix suggestion. I am not very good with carbs/glucose and the breakdowns of what foods have which. Thank you for the advice Buckspin. How much would you recommend to eat over a 7 hour period and how often? THANKS!

No problem. Its too bad that wherever you are that you couldn't find things like nuts, grains & dried fruits. If you (or a bud) have access to any type of open markets I bet you could score those.

As far as how often, if a handful = 1/2 cup, you could have a handful every 30-45 minutes & stay plenty fueled, especially if you controlled the mix/ratio to up the fruits & nuts for quick fixes. 8 cups would get you to the finish line, 10 would build in a buffer.

Worst case scenario = get some dry cereals. That would be high GI for quick fuel, so you would want to offset that with other things.

I bet if you thought outside the box you could assemble a helluva trail mix (grains, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate if you can) from some unconventional sources. Hikers for a LONG time have used this to do exactly what you are doing.

Bigzperson
09-23-2008, 10:10 AM
No problem. Its too bad that wherever you are that you couldn't find things like nuts, grains & dried fruits. If you (or a bud) have access to any type of open markets I bet you could score those.

As far as how often, if a handful = 1/2 cup, you could have a handful every 30-45 minutes & stay plenty fueled, especially if you controlled the mix/ratio to up the fruits & nuts for quick fixes. 8 cups would get you to the finish line, 10 would build in a buffer.

Worst case scenario = get some dry cereals. That would be high GI for quick fuel, so you would want to offset that with other things.

I bet if you thought outside the box you could assemble a helluva trail mix (grains, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate if you can) from some unconventional sources. Hikers for a LONG time have used this to do exactly what you are doing.

Thank you sir. You have been a great help.

Bioteknik
09-23-2008, 01:00 PM
We are having it here, where troops are deployed. We just had the USAF marathon last Saturday. I am not aware as to the 'true' marathon, but we are running here all the same. Its good for morale.

I was only asking because there's a local marathon named the "Marine Corps Marathon". The finish is at the Iwo Jima memorial the last weekend in October.


http://www.marinemarathon.com/page11.aspx

Bigzperson
09-23-2008, 10:48 PM
I was only asking because there's a local marathon named the "Marine Corps Marathon". The finish is at the Iwo Jima memorial the last weekend in October.


http://www.marinemarathon.com/page11.aspx

Yes, that is where "THE" USMC marathon is held every year. That is the true one, the one that means something to marathon runners. The other ones they hold are just for people who want to run it. However, I did hear that if you run 5 military marathons, it guarantees you a slot in a civilian marathon. I really have no idea what that means, but a friend of mine explained that you normally have to pay for slots, or something to that effect, and if you are in the military and have ran 5, then you are guaranteed a slot. Perhaps in a few years I will know what that means and I will fill all of you in. 25 days left to train.