October 16, 2011|
What to eat before running a half marathon?
OK I should go to sleep but thought I should do a quickie blog post on what to eat before running a half marathon or marathon! So here’s basically what I did:
1 week before:
It’s carb loading time! Make 50-60% of your meal carbs. But not refined carbs of course. This period is used to stock up your energy stores TO THE MAX! I like whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies with carbs. You don’t have to eat pasta like a mad woman. But it’s ok if you do. Also, drink lots of fluids. Stay hydrated.
My fave carbalicious foods are oatmeal, sweet potatoes, bananas and ezekiel bread. Love bananas with peanut butter on ezekiel toast! Mmmm. Steamed sweet potatoes are also the best with some plain greek yogurt and salsa on top.
A couple days before:
Start hydrating like super crazy! Well, I mean you should have been already, but if you haven’t, now’s the time to really get those fluids in your system. Try not to drink alcohol because it dehydrates you. Also avoid high fiber foods or dairy items that may give you an upset stomach or extreme bloating for race day. Stick with foods you know that can make you feel good.
1 day before:
By this time, your glycogen stores should be in good shape! Lots of high quality carbs all ready to be burned on race day. My last meal is not too heavy but includes lots of carbs and very little fat. Of course no alchohol and get to bed early.
Good night! Nike Women’s Half Marathon tomorrow.