Did Somebody Say Marathon? - Carb Loading
If there is an image of glee on your face right now, remove it, we’re not about to tell you to stuff your face with pastries. Carb loading is a thing you do, not when you are feeling depressed about your body and just want to eat cake and chocolate…it’s what you do when you need to load the system up with GOOD carbs before you compete in an endurance race!! Carb loading is great as it can assist you in beating the dreaded ‘hitting the wall’. Your system will be loaded with energy, and you will race better. So the London Marathon is coming up in the UK and you can carb load 4-6 days beforehand.
So here’s what to do, let’s say the marathon is on a Sunday:
6 days – On days 1 (Monday), 2 (Tuesday) and 3 (Wednesday) before the marathon, completely deplete carbs, no porridge for breakfast, no chicken with your rice, you even need to stay away from the fruit bowl!! This is kind of tough, expect to snap at people when they say good morning, and generally treat you with kindness.
4 days – On days 1 (Wednesday) and 2 (Thursday) before the marathon, completely deplete carbs as above
6 days – On days 4 (Thursday), 5 (Friday) and 6 (Saturday) before the marathon, load it up!!!! Porridge for breakfast, fruit as snacks (obviously with a little protein thrown in…you know the drill girls), chicken and rice for lunch, and fish and veggies with sweet potato for dinner. You will feel SO full after the carb depletion, but you’ve just got to do it. And, by the way, now is not the time to be counting calories, you are determining getting through the race with some serious carb storage, not whether you add an extra pound or two on the scales!!!
4 days – On days 3 (Friday) and 4 (Saturday) before the marathon, load it up as above.