London Marathon Milestones: In the Beginning.... - She Runs Eats Performs

Episode 99

Published on:

2nd Jun 2022

London Marathon Milestones: In the Beginning....

London Marathon Milestones - In the Beginning...

Are you about to embark on your training for the London Marathon on 2nd October?  Have you ever considered how the food you eat could impact on your running performance throughout your training???? 

Well, Over the next 16 weeks we will be hosting 5 episodes to get you “Marathon Ready”. Whether this is your first marathon or your 10th….we are going to journey through your training with you giving you advice at various stages regarding food and nutrition intake so you are “fit and fuelled” appropriately on race day!!

Today is the first of our marathon milestone episodes….so…the beginning of the journey….

We will:

  1. Give an overview of typical running distances at this stage and in the coming few weeks
  2. Give some background to why eating for training is important…even at this early stage
  3. Give some tips on how to put the theory into practice



Outlining the various types of Marathon Training Plans available online and discussing how to decide which one may be the best one for YOUR marathon training.


Considering how a novice runner’s training plan may look as they begin their 16 weeks of run training for the London Marathon whilst highlighting the importance of strength training, stretching and yoga/Pilates.  


Focussing on the importance of food and nutrition for running performance before delving deeper into the area of “everyday healthy eating” as the foundation on which to build more targeted nutrition for running a marathon. The 3 areas discussed are:

  • Food quality
  • Plate balance
  • Timing of meals and snacks


Delving into Food Quality 


Moving on to discuss Plate Balance


Explaining Timing of Meals and Snacks and its link to blood sugar balance (BSB) 


Some TIPS on how to put the nutritional principles into action to support marathon training including:

  • Foods to eat to achieve plate balance
  • Easy and practical solutions to help “make change happen”
  • Pre-planning meals and run training to support performance

Finishing with an Action Point to help get you started 



  1. There are many different marathon training plans available online, so be discerning and choose one that best suits your running abilities and time available to train
  2. Don’t forget to introduce other activities that may also support your running performance including: Pilates, strength training and stretching
  3. Remember that your nutrition for training is as important as the training plan itself
  4. A foundational everyday healthy eating plan is the bedrock on which to build nutrition specific for running performance
  5. There is no need to increase your overall energy intake at this point in your training, just ensure the food choices you make are healthy and ones that will support your overall health and run training
  6. BUT…there may be occasions when you require a snack between meals. Remember to make healthy snack choices


Fuelling Marathon Running

Nutrition Basics for all Runners

The Why of Sports Nutrition

Listen to ALL the London Marathon Milestone Series


The suggestions we make during this episode are for guidance and

advice only, and are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

If you have any concerns regarding your health, please contact

your healthcare professional for advice as soon as possible.

Aileen Smith and Karen Campbell host RUNNERS HEALTH HUB. A place for like-minded female runners who are looking for simple ways to support running performance, energy, endurance, and general great health.

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Aileen and Karen 


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She Runs Eats Performs
for female runners of all abilities
Are you confused about the science around nutrition for runners? Listen in to learn about the WHY, HOW, WHAT, and WHEN of eating to fuel your running performance.

We are here to help you translate sports nutritional science, into easy to apply tips and plans, helping you enjoy peak running performance. We focus on the FEMALE FACTORS every woman needs to know to be a healthy runner.

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Aileen Smith & Karen Campbell

Nutritionists, Educators, Podcasters, Runners and Friends

We have a love of running and a passion for nutrition, delicious food and healthy living. She Runs Eats Performs for female runners of all abilities who are looking for simple ways to improve their running performance and their health with nutrition and lifestyle.
We enjoy sharing our nutritional expertise, reviewing the latest sports science and most of all helping you to take easy action so you can enjoy your running life to the full.
We are here to help you achieve great health and good shape whilst staying injury-free with easy-to-understand sports nutritional concepts and easy-to-implement tips and plans.

Aileen and Karen are BANT and CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapists.