Just in time for the upcoming NYC Marathon are these diet tips from Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall, who will also be racing on Sunday. At a brunch hosted by Nissan — Innovation for Endurance, I was able to sit down with Hall, who shared that during training, it's not unusual that he runs 20 miles per day, five days a week. Curious to know what kind of diet fuels this sort of endurance run, I asked Hall what he thought an ideal meal plan was for anyone running a marathon or half marathon. Check out what he had to say, and see what foods Hall eats during his training and the actual race.
The course of the Boston Marathon is full of ups and downs (literally and figuratively) — they don't call the long climb around the 20-mile mark "Heartbreak Hill" for nothing. Today's race was fast (read: record breaking fast) and with a few exciting upsets to boot. Crossing the finish first in the women's race was Caroline Kilel (age 30) of Kenya with a time of 2:22:36. Fast on her heels was the 27-year-old American runner Desiree Davila of Michigan, who crossed the line two seconds behind the winner. The third-place finisher Sharon Cherop, also of Kenya and also 27 years old, completed the course in 2:22:42. Competing in her first marathon since giving birth to her son, Colt, back in September, American Kara Goucher came in fifth place with a time of 2:24:52. Congrats to all the runners — elites and the rest of the pack.