So here’s the thing about long runs – if you don’t eat enough to sustain you, the run is at best uncomfortable, and at worst impossible.
Last week I did 16km on the road and 16km on the elliptical. Tomorrow, all 32km are on the road. ‘Real’ running is naturally harder, and I’m a little bit concerned.
Not because of the run itself – I’m a nutter who thinks it will be great fun.
I’m concerned because last Friday, I ate myself stupid, maxed out on root vegetables and pasta, had two bananas before my run on Saturday, and added sports drink and gels as I went.
It wasn’t enough. By 25km in, I felt terrible – I didn’t have a whole heap of energy, and I started to feel a bit woozy. It wasn’t that I wasn’t fit enough – more that I was running out of fuel. The sign for me is that an icy feeling starts in my chest.
So it seemed I had a few lessons to learn in the carb department.
Because tomorrow is my last long run, this is the best chance I have to see what works for me.
As I left the gym today (last pre-marathon speed session – boo yah!), D (from the Pancakes saga) handed me a chocolate, and told me to get stuck into some sweet potato – pronto.
Don’t stop eating – you need to get those carbs in
I’ve never been a huge carb fan, but I’m starting to see the merit.
I thought I started well – I got up and had a huge pancake with apple and pear. I’m pretty sure I burnt it entirely away with today’s session. So it was back to square one.
I stocked up
Guess what I started with?
- Right here, can I give a shout out to Kat at Katalyst Health for her post today: Why I Eat Sugar. I HATE the sugar hate out there – it’s not great, but it’s totally fine to have sugar in moderation. Don’t ever make me feel guilty for it. Hands off my brownie. -
And I never, ever thought I would say this – but it’s not that easy! First world problem much?
Jackie Dikos writes about carbo-loading strategies and even provides a post with photographs of her pre-marathon food. Her main advice is that it’s best to go lean – fats are just extra calories that make you feel heavy.
Having started with a brownie, I am clearly not taking this advice too seriously!
I refuse to take blame for the brownie – it was twitter’s fault (and my stupid cold!).
Just in case you were wondering – Narelle lives in Melbourne – colds can defo travel 900km.
Tonight is some good old chicken and rice… and then… and then…
So here we go runners – I need your best carb-load tips AND taper tips! From tomorrow afternoon, I am officially tapering.
And if you aren’t a runner, what would you like to know about carbs and tapering? Or are you just giving me a dirty look for complaining about having to stuff myself with brownies?
If you have to/had to carbo-load, what would be your carb of choice?