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March 25, 2013

Breakfast spots to fuel up for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Refuel on your Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon training route with a tasty full breakfast at Cape Town's most delicious spots, including tashas in Constantia Village. Photo courtesy of tashas

Whether you are running to accomplish your New Year resolutions, or to beat a personal best record at the 2013 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, proper fuelling and nutrition during training is crucial. Have you been following your nutrition strategy so far?

One of the biggest limiting factors for runners is how efficiently your body burns carbohydrates and fats during the marathon. The more fat you can burn as opposed to carbohydrates, the higher the chance of success! For this final week, remember to taper off your carbohydrate intake parallel to your training times.

Here are some great breakfast options in Cape Town to refuel on the Two Oceans Marathon training route:

tashas

(Monday-Saturday from 7am)

I asked Shantalie Hewavisenti, sub-editor at Expat Arrivals and Two Oceans marathon runner, for her favourite breakfast spot – and she chose tashas with no hesitation! A boutique café in Constantia Village, breakfast is served with all the frills! Try a toasted pita filled with scrambled eggs, grilled halloumi, crispy bacon and rocket. Or pimp your toast with sautéed mushrooms and goat's cheese drizzled with olive oil!

Organic at Heart

(Monday-Saturday from 7:30am)

A neighbourhood secret tucked away in Plumstead, your delicious breakfast will be filled with fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients. Try the Eggs Benedict served on a bed of salad and plum tomatoes, or with free-range chicken sausages and garlic mushrooms for a hearty option. Check the daily menu before dropping in by tweeting Michele @Organic_tart, or visiting their Facebook page!

Empire Cafe

(Monday-Sunday from 7am)

Fifteen kilometres down, and you are huffing and puffing along the shorelines of Muizenberg. Stop by Empire Café, where owner Dave Jones experiments with wholesome ingredients. Sweeten things up with a plum galette, or tuck into some hearty grilled vegetables with roasted chicken.

Rhodes Memorial Restaurant

(Monday-Sunday from 9am)

You are almost there! Reward yourself with breakfast at Rhodes Memorial, looking out as far as the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Savour the view with fresh smoothies with yoghurt, banana, orange juice and berries, or the On the Run breakfast with eggs, bacon, tomato, toast and jam!

Take in the sights, breathe deeply, and remember you are running one of the world’s most beautiful marathons right here in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City!
 

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