I’ve never truly planned my carb intake before, just increased the amount of carbs I was eating the week and days before a marathon. For the first time, I’m going to track my carbs next week. I started today with some research and came up with a basic plan.
According to Runner’s World in the few days before a marathon you should be eating 3.6-5.5 grams of carbs per pound of bodyweight. This means I should be shooting for 400-600g of carbs those last couple days. That’s 1600-2400 calories of carbs alone! Sounds like a lot, probably more than I’ve eaten in the past.
Here’s what I mapped out as a goal amount of carbs by day:
I’ll keep ya posted as the week goes on how I’m tracking. Let’s be honest, I’ll have plenty of time on my hands. TAPER MADNESS.
Now here’s the fun part! I got to buy all the things I always want to buy, but don’t. Yes, I’m looking at you, chocolate chip cookie dunkers.
Kale & a pear for this Farro & Kale Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing to take to work for lunch. I already have the rest of the ingredients on hand.
Pasta, butternut squash cubes, 99% lean ground turkey, cheese, chicken broth, spinach and an onion for Pinch of Yum’s Baked Rigatoni with Spinach, Provolone, and Turkey. I’m using orecchiette instead of rigatoni and a Swiss and Gruyere cheese mix instead of provolone.
Seriously guys, how amazing does this look:
Roasted red peppers, pasta, fresh basil, and crescent rolls for The Pioneer Woman’s Quick and Easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta for Friday dinner before the race.
Juice, PB filled pretzels, sandwich crackers, chocolate covered pretzels, and choc chip cookie dunkers for snacks plus trail mix for after the race to get some easy calories and protein for recovery.
I’ve had my eye on those cookie dunkers for the longest time. Probably not my smartest purchase, I am going to be DANGEROUS around them. Pledged I would not touch the treats until next week. If not, I won’t have any left for when I actually need the carbs…
I still need to pick up some bagels, cream cheese, and bananas. I’ll grab them early in the week so that they’re fresh.
Check back next week for more posts on my carb loading progress and reviews of the recipes!
Have you ever tracked your carbs? How do you balance getting the carbs you need but not eating all the junk food (AKA cookie dunkers) that you can find?