Tip #19: Eat Right The Week Before The Race (It’s Carb-Loading Time!)

As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’ll be sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Photo Oct 08, 12 10 16 PMSo far in “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles,” we’ve covered hydration, tapering and post-race recovery – hoping all three will help keep you in top shape on and after race day. Now, on to the really important stuff: carb-loading. 

Today’s tip: Start carb-loading a few days prior to the race, not just the night before.

You’re probably looking forward to a good carb-filled meal before the marathon, but in order to give your muscles enough time to build up solid reserve of glycogen, you should actually start packing in the carbs 2-3 days before the race. We also suggest eating a dinner-size portion of carbs for lunch and a lunch-size portion of carbs for dinner the day before. (Here are some additional tips.)

Want to carb-load with fellow marathoners? Again this year, Trinity Episcopal Church on Broad Street invites runners and walkers to join them for a pre-race pasta dinner on Saturday, October 19. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children (You can buy tickets online here, or grab them during our two-day Health & Fitness Expo.) The all-you-care-to-eat meal starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be served in the church basement. The entrance is at 125 E. Broad St.

Dine Originals restaurants – a collection of some of Columbus’s favorite locally owned restaurants – is also a great place to start if you want to load up on carbs while experiencing Columbus at the same time. Here’s a full list of Dine Original’s 46 restaurants, many of which are in walking distance from the course.

Have additional questions about nutrition before the race? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!


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