I wanted to write a quick post about my marathon prep. A few months ago, I wrote a post talking about the science behind carb-loading, and I tried it in earnest for the first time for the Wisconsin Half Marathon.
I counted my carbohydrates each day and aimed for 400g each day... which is hard. And depressing. Seriously. Going from an unintentionally lower-carb diet to 400g a day made huge changes for me. I felt lethargic, BLOATED, and I was starving all of the time. I'd find myself just snacking without even really realizing it, and I was FULL! By the time race day rolled around, I damn near needed Rachel to cart me to the start line in a wheelbarrow - I was up four pounds and oddly obsessed with my new sausage fingers.
The discomfort was worth it though. I didn't need to drink nearly as much water during the race and felt like I had so much energy the entire time. So I'm doing it again, starting with....
|Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Pancake Mix|
You haven't lived til you've had these pancakes. I'm literally salivating as I type this.
So anyway, I'll be up to my eyeballs in bread and fruit and juice this week, hoping to give myself the best possible chances of not having the end of the marathon be a death march.
Also, we'll be having a blogger meet-up at the Fox Cities Marathon this Sunday! You don't have to have a blog, or be a runner, or anything to come have beers and laughs with us post-race! You know you want to.. we're so nice! :)
Anyway, we'll be meeting around 12:00-12:30 at a local watering hole... email me for all the details!
And if seeing me isn't enough to bring you out, there will be plenty of other (much cooler) people there too: this girl, and this girl, and this girl...
Blogger meet-up - are you in? If you can't make it, will you have someone to hug you all day to make you feel less devastated?
Do you carb-load? Do you love it or hate it?