Goals for the Race
Reviewing my Goals
So culver city 10k, where i PRed by over 4 minutes! WOW!
So the race itself was very nice:honestly a perfect small town race. Easy to get to, easy to navigate and a flat easy course to run.
I will write another post reviewing my goals I set last week but in the mean time let's talk about the most important part: CARBLOADING!
I realized after my Christmas 10k last December that even though it's a 6 miler, I need treat the race like I do a half and start forming a normal routine of tapering, rolling and stretching and Carbloading. I did with the Great Race 10k and I did it again here for great results. By adding in carbs to be able to push through and fuel (I only use fuel in training on runs longer 6 miles), I can really go the distance!
As always, the loading of carbohydrates needs to start at least 2 days before the event so you can get maximum carbs in before the race. The night before is too late! All week I added in a banana a day and a lot of berries.
As always I try and carb load as natural as possible but I allow treats as well :)
I began my CARBLOADING on Friday. I had grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch and my favorite Souplanation for dinner (I have a full post planned soon for my obsession with Souplanation).
Saturday I kicked it into gear. I had my favorite day before race breakfast of a pumpernickel bagel with sun dried tomato cream cheese and coffee with added sugar. Ralph had a plain bagel and cream cheese (BORING!) but he loved it.
I finished cleaning my house and headed over to DSW to check out shoes and then headed to Mallory's so we could go to check in to get our bibs.
Traffic was insane as usual but I picked up Mallory at 1215 and we wre getting our bibs at 1230. In and out. No fuss! We got a cute shirt as well and off we went to trader joes to grab stuff for dinner and also lunch.
We got some carnitas to share and I also got a Mediterranean spread that had pita bread and hummus, tabbouleh, and falafel. So good but probably too much fat before a run but whatever because all of the carbs were delicious!!
We went back to eat lunch then decided to run errands. We went shopping at michaels, got 2 redbox movies (ride along and 21 jump street), and stopped and got Gatorade and beer (we were both craving angry orchard) and enjoyed a relaxing evening watching movies and snacking on French popcorn from trader joes. The carbs from the beer (luckily cider beer so it's gluten free!) really helped ;)
we made a nice easy dinner of steak, corn, salad and a bit of dessert. It was delicious!
Watched another movie then called it a night.
When we woke up the next morning, we both had stomach issues-blah. I think it was the combo of beer and popcorn but I powered through. I had my typical pre-race breakfast of oatmeal with raspberries, banana, bit of peanut butter and English breakfast tea!
I had a shot blok before, clif shot during and a blok after that. I think I over did it with the fuel but I liked the result I got!
Afterwards I used carbs as a way to recover with chips and rice at brunch and rice and veggies at pei Wei for dinner! I continued the carbs until the next day and have finally tapered back off to my normal levels.
Overall, I am happy with my carb intake before and after the race. I think I overdid it during. Next time I plan on cutting back to make sure I don't have stomach issues when I finish (it's the first time I haven't felt fine after a race).
How do you carb load before races?