glycogen, the more endurance. You should begin carbo-loading seven days in advance. This does not mean that you need to eat spaghetti all seven days (although of course some of the days you can!)…instead, focusing on consuming fruits, vegetables, and grains will keep you above 60% carbs even if you have lean meat as a main course.
WEIGHT GAIN IS NORMAL! Runners who have properly carbo-loaded should gain about 1 to 3 pounds-but don’t panic! The weight gain reflects water weight and indicates you have done a good job of fueling your muscles…for every ounce of carb stored in your body, you store almost three ounces water
DRINK WATER: stay hydrated! Drink enough alcohol-free beverages to produce a significant volume of urine every two to four hours. It should be pale yellow, like lemonade (your pee should be pale yellow, not the water haha). Don’t bother to overhydrate; your body is like a sponge and can only absorb so much fluid
REST: Resting will not cause you to lose condition when you taper! Take it easy- you deserve a break after all of the training! Also- make sure you get enough sleep. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep 2 days before the marathon (you may have more difficulty sleeping the night before because of nervous anticipation)
RELAX About a week before the marathon is a great time to go get a good massage to relax your muscles. It’s not recommended to get a massage just before the big day, however, in case the masseuse causes something to hurt instead of help. (deep tissue massages often tend to leave you sore for a few days before you feel the benefits of it). Also,
make sure you STRETCH. Stretching helps prevents muscular aches, pains, and cramping, reduces the possibility of muscular soreness over the next days, decreases the possibility of causing a muscular injury, increases the muscles efficiency/effectiveness of movement (by enhancing the ability of muscles to contract/work more powerfully and economically, Lengthens stride, improves your overall form), and is great for relaxation
I feel like I have been following the “rules of tapering” pretty well. The carbo-loading is not really a problem for me. I eat a lot of carbs anyway… I didnt have to change the amount I ate (decreasing my running means that the extra calories I am no longer burning are going towards fueling my muscles). They say to try to decrease the amount of “sweets” you eat…havent done that. and I dont care. I cant live without sweets! I havent actually
weighed myself but I feel like I put
on a few pounds (as is suggested)….but I guess I can see if that is true for sure when I go home. I have been trying to drink more water (pee is pale yellow for all of you who are concerned) and I havent been drinking any alcohol (not that hard for me though- not a big drinker anyway). I have also been making sure I get an adequate amount of sleep each night (last night I went to bed instead of studying for a Psychopathology quiz I had today…dedication my friends. dedication. and I still got a 100. boo yaaaa). and I got a massage yesterday– felt AMAZING.
Oh and Katye completely made my day today- she gave me the New Balance Watch that I won in her raffle AND she gave me a Baltimore Marathon Under Armor Shirt that she had leftover at the running store she works at (Charm City Run)- its highlighter yellow and says “Run Baltimore” on the front and “protect this house” on the back- I LOVE IT! I am pondering about wearing it on Sunday so my Mom and Dad can easily spot me…what do you think?
So that’s that. I am headed home tomorrow after class. My sisters and I just hanging out for the night- making homemade pizza, the usual. Saturday we are running 2 miles together in philly and then going to the expo and out to dinner in Philly to Mercato ….we also may or may not watch Rocky before going to bed and may or may not run up the art museum stairs on our 2 mi run on saturday morning. Hey, whatever pumps you up…dont judge. and then the PHILADELPHIA MARATHON on Sunday! WOOHOO!!!
Question: how to you prepare for your races? Do you have a race this weekend?