Carb Up, Step Up

hjkMy training is going well (can I say that out loud?) so I have started to up my game. I am now doing two hours runs at the weekend and slowly starting to increase my pace too. It is important that I think about my diet when I am planning a long run so I have started to increase my carb intake.

I am continually being told that I need to adopt a high carb diet for the week leading up to a long-distance run, according to reports ‘carbing up’ can increases speed by 10%! This makes my porridge taste even better in the morning.

Real porridge oats are the ideal breakfast for runners, as it slowly releases energy in your body. If made with skimmed or semi-skimmed milk it also provides your body with a sufficient amount of protein. It’s my regular morning starter with skimmed milk and honey, and it really does help me to keep going during a long run.

Breakfast isn’t that only meal that requires carbs. After a long run I am normally extremely hungry and searching the cupboards for a quick snack. This is where a chicken and pasta dish comes in handy. The protein from the chicken and carbs from the pasta help to satisfy my appetite, and are a lot better for my body than a packet of crisps or cheese sandwich. So, it seems that eating more carbohydrates does really help when it comes to marathon training.

What do you eat before and after a long run?

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