Congratulations- You’ve Completed a Marathon! Have a bagel?
Yesterday's race was fantastic! The new LA Marathon Course was far more enjoyable than the old one, which didn't allow athletes to see many lovely parts of our city.
The crowd was amazing, as were the many volunteers.
Totally recommend it.
However- and this is not particular to LA, coming across the finish line and being offered bagels, pretzels, cookies, chips and cheese (yes, cheese) left a lot to be desired. I'm writing this on my blog not as a complaint, but as a reminder that for all of us athletes that would so prefer more Paleo options, we need to contact race organizers, for events both big and small to politely make suggestions.
They DID offer plenty of water, bananas, pineapple fruit cups (which were indeed JUST pineapple in juice- perfect for post workout), as well as dried pineapple and apricots.
As we all are aware, many people are still thinking along the lines of old-school carbohydrate consumption for endurance training and recovery. So, it's not that surprising that many races offer a pre-race pasta party the night before, and grain based snacks along the course and after the race as well.
Let's all make an effort to offer alternatives that race organizers might heed for future events.
We don't even need to necessarily go into the 'why' behind it, (but certainly if you have the time and inclination, why not?); rather a simple email or comment in the post-race feedback simply asking for 'more fruit at the finish line' or 'serving yams at the carbohydrate party the evening before' may serve to be quite helpful.
Let's get moving, then!