Vapiano Eat Pasta Run Faster Meal Plans

5 day nutritionally balanced plan for regular runners (5-10k distances)

People who run moderate distances on a regular basis need a nutritionally balanced diet to help them perform at their best, maintain a healthy weight and keep themselves feeling fit and energised. The right diet also helps to boost the immune system, warding off colds and infections and reduces the risk of niggling injuries.

This means a diet that provides just the right amount of carbohydrate – too little can affect energy levels and leave you feeling fatigued and sluggish, but too much can result in unwanted weight gain. The body stores small amounts of carbohydrate as glycogen in the liver and muscles. By eating regular amounts of carbohydrate foods such as pasta you can build up stores ready to be used for a run and replenish them in readiness for your next run. When the distances are around 10k it is less important to consider timings of when you eat in relation to your run as you are unlikely to run out of glycogen. Just including carbohydrate foods such as pasta and rice on a regular basis will ensure stores are topped up.

It’s important to balance your carbohydrate intake with plenty of protein and healthy fast which is why we have teamed these delicious pasta dishes for Vapiano with protein and veg packed breakfasts, soups and salads and lighter evening meals.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast 2 scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on a bed of wilted spinach Oat berry smoothie Greek yogurt with passion fruit and almonds Melon blueberry and spinach smoothie Grilled Portobello mushrooms with ricotta and pine nuts
Lunch Vapiano

Aglio e olio

Spicy mixed bean soup Vapiano

Pesto basilico

Courgette and feta salad Vapiano


Dinner Baked aubergine stuffed with lamb and pomegranate Vapiano

Risotto funghi (add chicken)

Braised cod with lettuce and peas Vapiano


Chicken, butternut squash and pak choi stir fry



3 day carb loading plan for pre-race long distance runs

If you are training for a longer distance race like a half or full marathon, you will need to maximise your glycogen stores by eating plenty of carbohydrate foods 2-3 days before the big day. Running out of glycogen during your race will make you feel fatigued and cause your pace to slow. This effect is called ‘hitting the wall’ and you will feel as though you have completely run out of energy. As glycogen stores are turned over continually it is important to make sure that every meals contains a substantial amount of carbohydrate in the run up to the race. And be aware that on race day itself you may be feeling too nervous to eat a big breakfast. Don’t worry if all you can manage is a cup of tea and banana, just make sure that 2-3 day beforehand you have been eating really well.

  Pre-race 2 Pre-race 1 Race day
Breakfast Brown rice and banana porridge Apple and cinnamon protein pancakes

Blueberry and green tea smoothie

Banana and oat smoothie

Bagel with peanut butter

Lunch Tuna, egg and new potato salad Fruity chicken and chickpea quinoa couscous  
Dinner Vapiano

Pasta bolognese


Pasta pomodoro

Recovery meal

Rucola ravioli




Pasta Bolognese – delivers plenty of carbohydrate to build stores of glycogen in the liver and muscles. The beef provides high quality protein needed for muscle strength and repair. It is also a good source of easily absorbed iron needed for the transportation of oxygen in red blood cells. The tomatoes deliver beta carotene needed to protect cells from oxidative damage (increased in runners) and boost immunity.

Pasta pomodoro – tops up carbohydrate (glycogen) stores. The meal eaten the night before is crucial in delivering the last top up of glycogen to help avoid ‘hitting the wall’. Needs to be a safe easily digested meal that won’t cause any digestive problems or stomach upsets on any already nervous stomach.

Rucola ravioli (recovery meal)– glycogen stores will be depleted so carbohydrate from pasta is important to help muscles recover. There is plenty of whey protein from the ricotta which delivers special amino acids that are effective in helping to repair the muscles and prevent muscle soreness.


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Anushka Moore is an almost-thirty-something blogger who moved across the world when the love she met on Tinder put a ring on it. She now lives in Manchester with her husband and her two little Poodle-cross fur children.

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