Melissa Delancey, in East Village, persuaded friends to take  marathon walks before gorging at restaurants.

This is what you call sole food.

A Manhattan trainer has come up with a road map for guilt-free gorging - marathon walks to and from the restaurant.

Melissa Delancey dreamed up the workout when she and her husband were craving calorie-laden ribs at Harlem's Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

"We were like, 'We have to walk there,'" said Delancey, 30, who lives in the East Village.

They made the 16-mile round-trip trek - and knew they were onto something.

They started leading friends, clients and strangers on foodie forays.

The latest "marathon walk" went from Park Slope, Brooklyn, to Pies 'n' Thighs in Williamsburg, where the group pigged out on chicken and waffles and five kinds of pie.

Then they trudged into Manhattan and headed for Union Square, logging an impressive 19.1 miles during the all-day journey.

"When you first sit down, you're not that hungry after walking so much - but we definitely ate!" said Delancey, who works at Clay in Union Square.

"We had two guys who were chafing, and some had started limping a bit - but everyone did a really good job."

The pain was worth it, participants said.

"I really like pie," said Brian Gruber, 28, a computer programmer from Fresh Meadows, Queens, who jumped at the chance to be a glutton and feel good about it.

"I thought, 'That's the perfect excuse,'" he said, adding that the meal in the middle helped him refuel for the second half.

"I had a couple blisters on my feet and I was exhausted, but other than that I was fine."

The walks have been free, but Delancey is planning to do future hikes for charity, asking each walker to donate $1 per mile.

Her next destination is famed DiFara pizzeria in Midwood, Brooklyn.

She's also planning a walk to Astoria for Greek grub, and has her eye on two Williamsburg spots with belly-busting names - Fette Sau (that's German for fat pig) and the Southeast Asian-style Fatty Cue.

Because the average walker burns about 50-80 calories a mile, even a marathon hike may not completely erase a 2,000-calorie binge.

"It's a workout for sure, but I don't think we're equaling the calories that we're eating," she laughed. "It's fun, and it's good for metabolism."


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