Fueling Up! The Perfect Carb-Load

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By Megan Cox

Three… two… one. Race day is here!

The weather isn’t making any promises, and I’ve been told my ride will be picking me up at 5 a.m. on Sunday day morning, but at the end of that day (and hopefully earlier rather than later), my first race after two pregnancies will be complete.

I’ve got just one more challenge to overcome (well, besides navigating the Health and Fitness Expo at the Dallas Convention Center the day before the race). Yes, my last obstacle is making sure my body is properly fueled for my thirteen miles. And this starts with the perfect fueling plan.

By trolling expert advice on the web, here are some important points I need to consider as I near race day.

  1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Just because it’s race week, I shouldn’t drastically change my diet. Moderate amounts of unrefined carbs are the ticket to fueling the body, but increasing too much fiber may cause a runner to spend more time in the Porta Potty than on the course!
  2. Water, water everywhere. Hydration is critical. Avoiding alcohol and high concentrations of caffeine help the body keep hydrated. In fact, I should be drinking more water starting now. But I’ll still need at least one cup of coffee. Between a toddler, baby, and 4:30 a.m. wake up time, I’ll definitely need a kick in the pants!
  3. The early bird gets the worm. Better to carb-load at an early dinner (or even a late lunch). Since I’ll be going to bed when the babies do, I’m not certain how early will be early enough. Can you eat dinner at noon?
  4. Be pro protein. Don’t be hatin’ on protein. A body needs it every day, and the carb-load dinner is no exception. I just need to keep it light and lowfat.
  5. Pasta is always a good idea. Wherever I found information on carb-loading, pasta always seemed to be a good choice. I just don’t want to go sauce or cheese-crazy.

Of course, plenty of other carbs exist that are perfect for the carb-loading dinner, but for this gal, I think I’ll go traditional.

Well, that’s all for now. If you want to hear how things are going on race day, check out my twitter (@teenmobster) for updates about my experience. Hopefully the rain and wind won’t wash or blow me away!!!

This is a guest post by Megan Cox, an Oklahoma City-based novelist, writer and contributing blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. Learn more about Megan at her website.

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