With the Toronto Goodlife Marathon in less than 48 hours, I’ve started eating mostly carbs and drinking lots of water to prepare! Last time I ran a marathon (my first), I did not properly eat or prepare very well in the lead up to the race. Our cupboards were looking very bare and I didn’t bother to go grocery shopping soon enough. Even worse, the day before the race I only ate sporadically. My plan had been to eat a large lunch the day before but I ended up hardly eating lunch and then having a large dinner.
After a lot of googling, I decided that this time I was going to do pre-race carb loading right. I decided I would be prepared to eat consistently for the last 48 hours before the race with planned meals and snacks!
Preparation for the last 48 hours of eating started with a trip to the grocery store yesterday. I bought all sorts of stuff that usually doesn’t make its way into my kitchen. As seen in the pic above, I bought white bread and pasta (something I don’t think I’ve ever done!) and even some vegetarian gummies (which I like a little too much).
Here is my eating plan:
Friday (2 days to go):
Breakfast: Two pieces of toast with peanut butter and jam
Snack: Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Lunch: White bean spread sandwich with white bread (for easy digestion)
Snack: Candy and crackers
Dinner: Pasta with tomato sauce
Saturday (1 day to go):
Snack: Fruit (probably a banana) and a cookie
Lunch: Hummus sandwich (white bread again)
Dinner: Homemade pizza with tomato sauce and mushrooms
In other pre-race prep, in the last few days leading up to the race I decided not to eat out at all. I don’t want to risk my stomach being upset about something and running with cramps or GI problems! I also decided to not drink any alcohol in the week leading up to the marathon or eat anything fried. Of course after I imposed all these restrictions on myself, my friends were up to all sorts of fun things this week that I took a back seat to. Hopefully it all pays off for an enjoyable marathon!
Callum and I are running the marathon together, our second long distance race that we’ve ever decided to do together so hopefully we make it without killing each other! Neither of us are overly prepared so I’m hoping for a solid race where I cross the finish line feeling good, there won’t be a PB this weekend.
Finally, I was picked in the lottery for the Paris Marathon in April 2015! I’m SO excited! But that will be another post.
Good luck to everyone doing races this weekend! Fingers crossed for good weather!