Reid Coolsaet has run the third-fastest marathon by a Canadian and has had a very long and successful running career. You don’t accomplish both of those things without paying attention to your nutrition.

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Coolsaet has had a busy summer, racing the several 10Ks following the Ottawa Marathon back in May. Next up for him is the Beach to Beacon 10K in Portland, Maine on August 3. Here’s what the father of two eats on a heavy training day.

Reid Coolsaet
Photo: Lululemon Toronto/Canada Running Series

Breakfast – 7 a.m.

“For breakfast I’ll usually have a cup of oatmeal with peanut butter, honey and cinnamon in it. I’ll drink a cup or two of tea with that.”

Workout – 8:30 to 11 a.m.

“For my workout I’ll run about 30K and usually take two or three Endurance Tap gels throughout that workout.”

Post-workout snack – 11 a.m.

“I try and have a protein shake right after I work out, and that’s usually something like protein powder, a banana, peanut butter, and half almond milk, half cow’s milk.”

Lunch – 12:30 p.m.

“An hour later I’ll have lunch, which is typically two eggs and three pieces of toast with an apple.”

Afternoon snack – 4 p.m.

“In the afternoon I usually have a bowl of cereal.”

Dinner – 6:30 p.m.

“A typical dinner is chicken with rice and broccoli. I also usually have dessert, which is something like a cookie or toast with nutella. If it’s not a hard training phase I’ll also have a beer at night. I’m also always eating what my kids don’t eat, finishing their food.” It’s a little harder to document exactly how much that ends up being, but Coolsaet says it’s a common occurrence.

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