8 mile easy pace, humid & 78 degree.
With the Eric marathon just one week away, I am getting into the final preparations for this event. Carb, short for carbohydrates, loading is one of such final details.
The demand of running 26.2 miles mandates I intake as much carbohydrates as my body can store as fuel source prior to the race. It is one of those un-natural tasks that would make the Weight Watchers cringe and goes against common sense nutritional guidelines.
But carb loading is a race strategy that every marathoner I know uses. How to do it right so carb loading can enhance your performance? Here is an article that provides the details. But I want to highlight from the same article three common mistakes to avoid:
- not much fat – to prevent unnecessary weight gain, fat is much harder to lose
- not too much fiber – to steer clear of potential stomach discomfort during running
- not unusual foods – to avoid stomach upset or last minute surprise, don’t risk anything new
What Carb loading tips have you tried?