With only two sleeps left until the 2012 London Marathon, you’re sure to be feeling a little nervous excitement. So, by way of taking our mind off things let’s talk about food.
You’ll have heard of carbo loading, but what does this mean for you & does this mean you can only eat pasta? Well, pasta is filled with carbohydrates, but this doesn’t mean that you have to eat penne the night before the marathon. Rice, potatoes, even a few toasted sandwiches on wholemeal bread are better than hitting the fast food restaurants. The basic principle of carbo loading is to eat more carbohydrates than you usually would, not only to give you the added energy you’ll need to replenish reserves lost, but also to give you that pre race buzz without dipping in enthusiasm.
In my experience as a runner, the night before / and couple of days leading up to the race are almost as important as the big day itself. I go by three key rules which have always seen me succeed or at least perform to the utmost of my ability;
- Rest – And get lots of it. if your legs don’t have to move then don’t move them. I am like a coiled spring and once contained for a certain period of time, I am refreshed and ready to bounce around the course.
- Eat sensibly – Pasta has always been a winner for me, as much as porridge for breakfast and a snack has been too. I can be a bit “too sensible”, but as long as it’s not McDonalds, KFC or an Indian you are probably going to be ok.
- Don’t go changing! Your training has led up to Sunday’s race, meaning that you should treat it as a slightly more important training run. don’t change your trainers, your morning routine or most of all – your diet.
Now all that’s left to say is “go tear up London” – have a great day & do your charity proud!
What will be your last supper? Are you a sucker for pasta or are you a little more daring with your pre race recipes? Do you have any other tips for this Sunday’s runners?