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Be Marathon-Ready with the Mo Farah Training Diet – Quorn

Be Marathon-Ready with the Mo Farah Training Diet – Quorn

Getting ready for this year’s London Marathon? Whether you’re a veteran runner or it’s your first run, you’re probably already giving careful thought to how you’ll prepare your body. Getting in shape is one thing – but eating right can be a daunting task. And where better to look for training inspiration than 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic Gold Champion Mo Farah, who kept us all on the edge of our seats with his stunning performance in 2012.

Mo Farah, marathon runner

Mo is best known for his performance in the 5,000, and 10,000m events, but this year he’s trying something new by making his marathon debut in London. Like any dedicated athlete, he’s making sure he eats right to support him with his marathon training, including plenty of protein.

Quorn Mince is a nutritionally healthy protein* that is low in saturated fat.

Mo is a great source of inspiration for anyone getting into long-distance running, and of course, his medal-winning regime is one to emulate. What he eats is a vital part of his routine – here’s his advice on choosing the right nutrients.

The Mo Farah Guide to Eating Right

We asked Mo to share his nutrition programme with other marathon runners – from making sure you get a nutritionally healthy source of protein, to getting the family involved and making eating right a part of your lifestyle, he definitely knows the recipe for success.

Practice and protein

“There is no secret to my success - I train hard and eat right, including plenty of protein”. It’s simple – practice and protein. Having a nutritionally balanced diet can help me train more effectively, especially when you’re a long distance runner. The great thing about Quorn Mean Free Mince is that it is a nutritionally healthy protein source, so I train hard and eat right.”

It’s a marathon not a sprint – so make lifestyle choices

“When I’m not training, there’s nothing better than a nice family meal. I often get asked if I indulge when I’m not training but the truth is, my lifestyle doesn’t really change when I’m off the track. In our house, we eat Quorn Mince, a healthy protein* source that’s low in saturated fat. It allows you to enjoy all those family favourites, such as Chilli and Spaghetti Bolognese.”

Listen to the experts

We also spoke to Matt Lovell, the nutrition expert who helped Mo with his nutrition regime during the 2012 London Olympics, and asked him to share his tips for eating well when training for an event such as the London Marathon.

“Your muscles have to have the correct nutritional environment in order to grow.  Eating enough high protein food will be one of your biggest challenges you face in achieving muscle growth.  Not only do you need protein, you need to get your body to produce insulin, particularly in the window right after training.”

“To do this, you need the optimal combination of protein to carbohydrate in your post workout meal. A Spaghetti Bolognese, made with Quorn Mince can give you the perfect balance of protein (Quorn Mince) to carbs (pasta). But there’s a fine line: not enough protein and you won’t build muscle- too much insulin and you’ll just lay down body fat.”

The 2014 London Marathon is set to take place on the morning of Sunday 13th April.  If you’re currently in training consider following Mo Farah’s guide to eating right for the marathon – and best of luck for the big day!

*Quorn Mince, Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces and Quorn Standard Sausages are a nutritionally healthy protein source. Protein contributes to a growth in and maintenance of muscle mass