Cynthia Erivo Shares Her Diet and Fitness Plan Ahead of First Marathon

Anyone who follows Tony Award Winner Cynthia Erivo on social media probably knows that she has a big day ahead of her tomorrow: She's running her first marathon. Not only is that, but Erivo has trained for the event while leading the company of A Color Purple in the role that earned the actress her first Tony Award, and helped her make history alongside the three other winners in a performance category when, for the first time, all of the Tony Awards for performance in a musical were awarded to actors of color.

As she heads toward yet another milestone Sunday, Erivo took the time to share her fitness and diet regimen with Elle magazine, along with some reflections on her fitness journey. Check out the photos and descriptions below, and don't forget to follow along with Erivo's marathon journey tomorrow!

For the original Elle article, click here.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo Shares Her Diet and Fitness Plan Ahead of First Marathon
"This is what I usually have first thing in the morning. I always have green juice with something: porridge, or an apple, or other fruits. I keep another green juice in my bag just in case I'm getting a bit hungry and I don't want to have something terrible. It's great to get all the nutrients down at once."

Cynthia Erivo Shares Her Diet and Fitness Plan Ahead of First Marathon
"My training for the marathon was like this: On a Monday I do a long run, on a Tuesday there's strength training, and the strength routine changes daily. Right now [for] the strength training my trainer, Craig Thomas, and I work to make sure that we're focusing on the marathon, so anything that helps us with balance and redistributing the weight on my feet, we do. For my abs, I'll do up-side down push-ups. Those are harder to do than if you're in a headstand because you've got gravity pulling down on you. That is just to encourage core [strengthening]; we switch things up and make that burn. A strong core can take the weight off the legs when you're running, or take any pressure off your back. We use lots of workouts for the legs' exteriors, like the outside my thighs."

Cynthia Erivo Shares Her Diet and Fitness Plan Ahead of First Marathon
"My lunch here is a wrap with peanut butter, apple, and raisins. It was on the go and I had a meeting, so I had that with green juice after a workout. Without the pita, I would normally have apples and peanut butter together anyway. They're a really good travel snack; it's a really, really good source of energy and protein and it tastes good, too."

Cynthia Erivo Shares Her Diet and Fitness Plan Ahead of First Marathon
"Essentia water is really alkaline, so it sort of eases out the system and it means that I'm balancing out the acidity in me. Because I sing, that's the best thing for me. It means I'm not having something that will do anything to my vocal cords."

Cynthia Erivo Shares Her Diet and Fitness Plan Ahead of First Marathon
"I discovered Splendid Spoon [food delivery service] on Fresh Direct. When I'm rushing around like I have been these last couple of weeks, the easiest thing to do is get a service food, throw it in the microwave, and go because it's easy to carry around. This broth, which is one of several foods they'll send you, has everything in it. It's got your protein, it's got your nutrients, it's all whole food and good for you. Why not have a giant thing of it? I'm not particularly vegan or anything, I just like the light taste of it. You can't go wrong with it, to be honest."

Cynthia Erivo Shares Her Diet and Fitness Plan Ahead of First Marathon
"I'll have snacks at different times of the day, so just before a show or maybe during a show's intermission I'll have an apple and some tea. Cashews I'll have throughout the day as well if I need something quickly. They're a really good source of energy if you're hungry, and I can't have very much while I'm doing a show!"

Cynthia Erivo Shares Her Diet and Fitness Plan Ahead of First Marathon
"This soup was tasty, tangy, but good. I don't know why I'm a fan of tomato soupâ€"I'm not supposed to eat it because it's too acidic, but I always try and make sure that if it's the last thing I have before I go to bed, I will at least give myself about two hours before I sleep because you don't want to have acid reflux. This soup is so hearty and warming, so that's what I like."


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