It’s the night before I attempt the Austin Marathon, and I’ve got one last element of training under my belt: the carb load. And hoo boy, is the aforementioned belt straining. Today I’ve put away 2,600 calories and roughly 570 grams of carbohydrate. What’s that look like?
(Not pictured above: several glasses of orange juice & a green salad I also consumed)
The guidelines I had were to eat a minimum of 7 grams of carbs for each kg of body weight, and ideally more like 10 g/kg. That meant I was aiming for 430-610 grams today, and I managed to do pretty well with ~570 grams. This is way more than I’ve managed before previous races, so we’ll see if it helps me power through the later miles of the marathon.
Now I have a lot of other numbers to obsess about – 4am wake up, stop eating 2 hours before start, park before 6am, try like hell to stay with the 4-hour pace group. I’ll report back sometime after the race & see how the math worked out!