Fuel Up for the Houston Marathon With the Right Food

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If you're running in the Houston Marathon, you'll need to fuel yourself with the correct foods.
If you have been training to run in the Houston Marathon, which takes place this year on Sunday, January 19, you probably know by now that what you put inside your stomach is crucial to how well you'll do in the race. It doesn't matter if you run two miles, 13.1 or 26.2; what you eat could make or break you.

Contrary to popular opinion, you don't want to "carb up" so much that you puke all over yourself (or the person near you). Who wants to smell a combination of protein bars, bananas, peanut butter, apples and whatever else you decided to shove down your throat hours before the race? On the flip side, you don't want to eat such a small amount of food that you run out of energy before you're even a quarter of the way through the race. Water stations and food stations never seem to appear when you're running on an empty stomach.

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Eat plain pasta with tomato sauce during the week of the race.
While what you put into your stomach the day and night before the race, as well as the morning of, is a crucial factor in your race-day performance, what you'll eat during the hours after you cross the finish line is just as important. Here are some dietary guidelines for all runners.

See also: Five of the Most Disgusting Marathon Pictures Ever

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note how the author artfully skates around whether or not she has ever run a marathon. this whole piece is clearly boiler-plate

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