This week my focus has been on:
- Looking after my legs to make sure they are fresh for Sunday so not too much running plenty of walking and some stretching and ice baths.
- Staying hydrated in the build up right the week through by drinking plenty of water mixed in with some green teas and fruit juices.
- Plenty of rest by aiming to get to bed by 10pm every night and not being busy in the evenings.
- Carb loading, making sure I have been eating a good quantity and good variety of good carbohydrates.
A great article I found with some great advice on pre marathon preparation is here its an article written by Olympic Marathon runner Scott Overall so its definitely from a source you can trust! His blog on realbuzz is definitely worth checking out as it has some great advice on all things running related.
I have increased my carbohydrate consumption a little through the week but now its Thursday I am really upping my game.
I have been sneaking extra carbs into my diet by eating plenty of potato and by adding a tortilla wrap to a meal or having a wrap with peanut butter as a snack.
My eating plan for today is shaping up like this:
Eggs on toast for breakfast, plenty of fruit, brown rice for lunch, flapjack for an afternoon snack, more fruit and steak and mashed potato for dinner.
I try and minimize my wheat intake as I don't like being bloated so cut down on bread and pasta options.
Brown rice always plays a part in my pre race diet both in terms of a good low fat clean eating lunch option and a good carb loading source in the build up to a run.
Flapjacks are also a key ingredient of my pre race diet as a good carb heavy snack and as my pre race meal. They weigh in at over 400 calories and around 60g of carbohydrate so they are not a light option but will provide me with the fuel I need to complete the marathon ahead.
Thanks for reading, what are your carb loading secrets and tips? Any advice on marathon build up and what to do/what not to do in the week before a marathon?