Desiree Ficker, 2008 Ironman South Africa champion, Kona Ironman World Championships runner-up, and competitor in the 2008 US Olympic Trials in the Marathon, will be running in the ING New York City Marathon this Sunday, November 1st. She shares her pre-race nutrition regimen and race day prep with MindBodyGreen.
Ficker has run 5 marathons – she finished second in the 2007 Austin Marathon and has a personal best of 2:40:28 in the event.
You'll be able to spot Desiree (hopefully out in the front of the pack) among the 40,000 runners as she'll be wearing a blue ribbon in honor of her mother who passed away a few months ago from cancer.
Here's how she'll be staying hydrated and getting her nutrients before the race.
MindBodyGreen: What do you eat on Friday? (2 days before race)
Breakfast: I'll have 2 pieces of rice toast with almond butter, a banana, and a cup of coffee.
Lunch: I'll have a salad – just veggies and chicken.
Dinner: I'll have rice, veggies—and chicken or fish
Snacks: Banana, lots of water, and a Larabar.