May 21 2013

Carbo-loading – en excuse for piling on the pounds!?

Just about four days to go now… 96 hours… and starting to feel pretty good on the amount of running I’m not doing!  Tapering has kicked in and I feel almost lethargic with the low mileage I have on my training programme. I wonder if it is the right thing to do for me personally.

I’m carbo-loading, but I do confess to not knowing exactly what that means. Does it really mean “putting on weight”? I decided to find out. Better late than never.

Runners World – Fill ‘Er Up article suggests that carbo-loading should start 2-3 days before a race. That’s good, I’ve got time to get it right then.

But which carbs should I load up on?  Suggestions include my two favourites carboloading favourites, bread and bagels. I was surprised to find out that many fruits are high in the necessary carbohydrates, but but are also high in fibre. Now I _do_ know that too almost any fibre in my diet causes mid-race stomach problems, so I’m avoiding most fruit all together. And quite a lot of veg too.

Even though the article says that “bananas are a low-fibre choice”, I’ll probably be keeping those to a minimum too before the race. Of course during the race, I’ll want plenty :).

Chopping off the crusts of white bread, not eating the skin of baked potatoes, is going a biutfar though.

Avoidance of high fat foods… that’s kind of obvious. But not to eat too much protein is a surprise. But easily achieved. So jam on toast, also a pre-race/run favourite, instead of butter (:() and tomato sauce on pasta… easy.

The article suggests:

1 bagel with 2 tablespoons strawberry jam (71 g)
1 medium banana (27 g)
8 ounces fruit yogurt (41 g)
8 ounces orange juice (26 g)

2 Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey
Granola Bars (29 g)
8 ounces Gatorade (14 g)

1 large baked potato with 1/4 cup salsa (69 g)
1 sourdough roll (40 g)
8 ounces chocolate milk (26 g)
1 large oatmeal cookie (56 g)

1 Clif Bar (42 g)
8 ounces Gatorade (14 g)

1 chicken burrito with rice, corn salsa, and black beans (105 g)
1 2-ounce bag Swedish Fish (51 g)


I’ve no idea what Swedish fish is, and a burrito isn’t my normal staple diet, so I’ll be sticking to low-chilli version of a family favourite pasta arrabiatta for dinner.

The rest is OK, and will be modified slightly for my taste.

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