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What Lyndsay Tessier eats in a day

What a Canadian-recording holding, school-teaching marathoner eats in a day

Lyndsay Tessier was named to her first World Championship team this summer, so right now she’s in the middle of her marathon build and excited for her first senior national team. You don’t become one of Canada’s fastest-ever marathoners and a Canadian masters record-holder by accident, and eating well is a big part of Tessier’s training. “It’s simple and kind of boring, but I like intuitive eating. You know when you’re hungry and you know when you’re not.”

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Tessier is a teacher and elite marathoner, so her days start early. She wakes up at 4:30 a.m. and gets the day going with two cups of coffee.

Pictured: Lyndsey Tessier. Photo: Maxine Gravina

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Between 4:30-5:30 a.m. Tessier has two cups of coffee with soy milk before her morning run, which is between 80 and 90 minutes. “When I get back from my run I’m kind of in a rush and getting ready for school, so I drink a glass of cow’s milk to get something in my stomach. Once I get to school, I have a bowl of cream of wheat with raisins.”

Snack time (also known as recess)


Tessier has a morning snack when her students have recess (around 10 a.m.), which is usually greek yogurt with a banana or a pear.


Lunch is at 11:35 a.m. and Tessier says it’s a similar thing most days. “For lunch I have a big salad, which is like a big bowl of everything–a bunch of vegetables, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, beans, corn, eggs and tuna. I’ll usually have an apple as well.”

Lyndsay Tessier
Photo: Matt Stetson

Snack time (also known as recess)

Snack happens around 2 p.m.–cheese and crackers or hummus and vegetables.

Second run or gym

After school Tessier either does her second run of the day or some strength work at the gym. Before that workout, she’ll have a snack of nuts or an english muffin with peanut butter and honey.

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Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and is usually either chicken or fish with sweet potato and some vegetables, like broccoli or brussels sprouts. That’s followed by a snack before bed of either an apple, english muffin or a bowl of cereal.

“I’m usually in bed around 8 or 8:30 and I read for 30 minutes or so. I like to be sleeping by 9.”

Tessier says that she meal-preps everything for her week on Sunday, so weekends are a little more relaxed. “I’ll have a steak or a burger on the weekends so that I’m getting enough red meat in, I’ll have wine and dessert too. It’s easier to eat functionally during the week and have your meals be a little more fun on the weekend.”