Since I have a half marathon tomorrow I am carb-loading today the best way I know how = Salty Carbs and Water. I totally believe in salty carbs before a race. I have eaten salty carbs before races and long runs for a while now and swear by it.
My prerace meal of choice is some kind of Chinese food with lots of rice and soy sauce! So tonight I made a tofu stir-fry with brown rice. I love eating rice before long runs and races since I love it so much. I finally get to eat as much as I want and not feel guilty!
I am getting really good at making Chinese style tofu! I made a sauce of chili garlic sauce, maple syrup, PB, soy sauce, red chili flakes and love. Amazing.
*Note: You should always try out pre-run dinners and breakfasts a few times (preferably many) before a race. Don’t try anything new before a race. Figure out what works for your body. This works for me, but may not work for you. I don’t want to cause anyone stomach issues during a race so try it out before hand. That being said – I still swear by lots of rice and lots of soy sauce!
But, I actually started my carb-loading earlier in the day. I ate an entire bag of popcorn as an afternoon snack. I was craving something salty like chips today and ended up grabbing this as I walked out of the house this morning.
My afternoon snacks also included 1/2 a Larabar and 3/4 this ice cream bar (I was super full after all that popcorn, but wanted something sweet).
Lunch was a pita stuffed with broccoli and falafel, carrots and grapes.
I am glad I grabbed those packets of Texas Pete’s at Chick-fil-A last night! I had never tried it before and Loved it!!!
I also ate a kiwi at some point this morning, but that’s as exciting as stolen condiments. Now I am going to relax on the couch for a bit before hitting the sack (that damn sack, I wouldn’t hit it so much if it didn’t talk back).
Actually, we need to get up super early since the half marathon is almost 2 hours away! I’m worried that the race doesn’t start until 9:05am and I am used to running within 30 minutes of waking up. For a long run I usually wake up, bathroom, change into running clothes, drink water/sports beverage, eat toast with PB, RUN!
But, tomorrow I’m going to have to eat in the car on the way to the race. I don’t want to get hungry again 2 hours later (as the race starts!), but I don’t want to be full either. I hope I can stick to my usual pre-race eats and it will keep me full for over 4 hours (driving plus running). May bring an extra snack…
Happy Weekend everyone! After the race I think we’re meeting friends for Oktoberfest!
Also, Ben said he would rub my legs tonight, but I have to PR tomorrow. Ummmm…for some reason I’ve gotten slower since moving to MD (maybe because CA is better)? So, I am not sure if that’s going to happen. I’m going to try my little Mexican hardest though!