Classic-spaghetti-carbonaraPlanning to run in this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon? This popular event, being held over the November 14-16 weekend, will benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. The weekend culminates on Sunday night with the marathon beginning at 4:30 p.m.  However, the entire three-day event is packed with activities: including parties, live music, the Health and Fitness Expo and more. Runners from all over the world pack Las Vegas for three days of non-stop fun.

One of the many key allures of this unique run is also one that might have you thinking about your pregame eating strategy – the marathon starts well into the evening.  Although you may choose to portion your meals a little differently than you would for a day race, the basic fundamentals of pre-run nourishment still apply.  So where and what should you eat in the day leading up to the race once you’re in Vegas?  At Cannery, we’ve got enough options to fuel you up for one rockin’ run.

Carb-up at Vino’s Ristorante 

Let’s face it, when it comes to loading up on carbs nothing beats a nice helping of pasta.  At Cannery Casino Hotel, Vino’s Ristorante serves up all a selection of Italian favorites to satisfy your energy-storing needs such as linguini and clams and rigatoni bolognese.  Not all two pastas are alike, however.  You’ll want to stay away from heavy cream sauces and rich, stuffed pastas as they can weigh you down for a big run.  That’s not to say that they aren’t the perfect way to celebrate for your victory meal once you’ve crossed the finish line.

Do Breakfast Right

When it comes to breakfast the day of the big race, you’ll want to just “fill the tank” to keep your body ready to perform.  A light but nutritious breakfast is all you need and Victory’s Café is open 24 hours to accommodate your own personally set schedule.  While all of the standard breakfast fare is deliciously executed at Victory’s for your enjoyment, the whole menu is served 24 hours – this is also great if you want to get those carbs in a little later to accommodate the evening start time for the race.

Consider Taking a Lunch

Starting a race in the evening gives you the opportunity to consider taking a lunch to keep your energy levels sufficient until start time.  You might want to also consider taking your light approach to breakfast down a notch, however, as this meal will likely just be enough to compliment your previous morning intake. 

Don’t Forget the Celebration

Depending on your pace and which distance you choose to run, you’ll potentially be looking to celebrate crossing the finish line with a winner’s feast late in the evening.  Waverly’s Steakhouse is open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays and serves champion-grade cuts of beef with fresh seafood, a wide array of accompaniments and fine-crafted cocktails.  You’ve run like a rockstar, it’s time to party like one.