Always wanted to run a marathon, but just not sure what it entails? Four celebrities (who are also runners) weigh in on what they like to eat before they run.
Shibani Gharat, journalist and athlete
Running is a habit for me – my day feels incomplete without some form of cardio activity. So, even if I have an early-morning flight, I’ll wake up earlier and go for a short run. If I have a 7am shoot, I’ll go for a run from 4.30am to 6.30am.
When running a marathon, I break it up into smaller targets, like reaching the next 5km mark in X amount of time.
I stick to simple, carb-heavy food before a race – whether it’s roti sabzi, dal chawal, or khichdi. On the morning of the race, I have something solid, like nachni sattva, or 2-3 bananas with peanut butter.
Kajal Aggarwal, actor
While training for a marathon, I do bursts of runs – long and short. My stamina isn’t great and I’m essentially not a runner, so I have to work hard on my cardiovascular activity. I pump it up by doing a lot of functional training, weight training and cardio.
For me, focusing on nutrition is essential. If I’m running the next day, I load my body with carbs the night before, so that my body has enough energy to burn. In the morning, I have warm water, dates, nuts and bullet coffee – it gives my body a slow release of energy.
I order a lot of healthy and indulgent stuff on Scootsy, from Bono’s ice creams and guilt-free pizzas from The Pantry to the Acai Bowl [AP1] from Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar and the Thai Crunch Salad from Ministry of Salads.
Priyanka B, nutritionist and fitness coach
Each run gives me a different high. I also love inspiring people – if, through my achievements, I can inspire even one individual, I will be grateful.
Eat wholesome foods high in fibre, such as oats, brown rice, sprouts, sweet potatoes, fruits and vegetables, and high-quality proteins like eggs and chicken before a race to sustain your energy. Keep yourself well-hydrated with water and electrolytes through the week. A day before the race, keep your carbs to protein ratio 3:1, as you will need all that fuel to nail your race.
Thomas Zacharias, chef, Bombay Canteen
For a long time, my life revolved only around food – and, obviously, with food, fitness is also very important. This is why I’ve taken fitness on in the last few years. My brother is a marathon runner and he’s been an inspiration to me.
Training for a marathon is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. I find incorporating fitness into my daily routine tough – five months ago I decided to make a change, switched my whole sleep cycle, and started waking up early to run. Besides this, I also do hatha yoga twice a week and play badminton.
I like to eat healthy food, especially the guacamole from Xico and most dishes at Swati, all available on Scootsy. At the Bombay Canteen, I recommend the hara channa salad and the jowar salad with hung curd dressing.