For most of the time I've been a runner my nutrition has been an after thought. I knew it could make a difference - but, for whatever reason I just haven't made it a priority. Given that I have a friend in our running group who is a nutritionist (Melissa Bosslet) and that I'll need every trick in the bag to get under 2:30 at Boston - I decided to set up an appointment to get myself a plan.
Melissa works for EB Nutrition in Rockville, MD and she happens to be a great runner - which was important to me, because I wanted someone who knows what I'd need given my marathon training.
I filled in a food diary for three days before we met - and then we talked about what I thought I needed improvement on as well as my goals and amount of exercise. She determined that I would need at least 3,000 calories per day, that I needed to cut sugar, combine carbs with protein, eat smaller portions more often throughout the day, add variety, add more fish etc . . .
She gave me a list of suggested foods to eat as well as avoid - and sample meals for my week. In my first grocery visit I spent an insane amount of money - but, there were a lot of staples that I won't need to buy every week. Other than a few days in Miami, I've remained true to the diet and it's already showing results. This morning I had my best tempo workout in a very long time (4X2 mi; ~11 min per) only two days after running a decent effort at the Miami Half-marathon. So, if you want to see what you can really accomplish I suggest you find someone like Melissa to help you out.