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Is that right? Jared's running a marathon?

Jared Fogle may have lost 245 pounds by eating healthfully at Subway. But does that make him a marathon man?

The 32-year-old Subway spokesman plans to run the ING New York City Marathon this weekend. He's been training with some high-powered athletes -- Michael Phelps, Ryan Howard, even last year's NYC Marathon champ Meb Keflezighi.

Challenges Jared Fogle, who lost 245 pounds 10 years ago, eating Subway sandwiches. He's now planning to run a marathon. (Subway)

(I'm sorry to confess that every time I think of the Subway/marathon connection I immediately recall Rosie Ruiz, who famously hopped an actual Boston subway as a shortcut to the Boston Marathon finish line in 1980).

We're all rooting for Jared, of course, who admitted earlier this year that he had regained 40 pounds and had to work hard to shed them again.

Like many marathoners, Fogle will want to be prepared for what happens after the run. Apparently many runners get post-marathon blues, and many end up gaining weight because they're not training toward their big goal any more. Here are tips for avoiding that situation.

Fogle's athletic aspirations and weight management aside, his participation in the marathon is all about promoting Subway sandwiches as fuel for fast runners.

I'd like to hear from you runners out there: What Subway sandwiches would you eat as part of your training regimen? (Here's a menu and nutrition data to peruse.) Or do you disagree with the notion that Subway's the place for runners to eat?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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A few years ago my husband ran Grandma's marathon in Duluth. On our drive there we stopped at a Subway for lunch in a town between the Twin Cities and Duluth. It was packed with other marathoners. So given fast food options out there, it was the better choice for the afternoon before the marathon. (Of course, spaghetti was for dinner.)

Posted by: ankony | October 29, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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