Do You Know How To Carbo Load?

It's almost here.. Sunday.. the big day.. the big race. And I've been pretty much going stir crazy with the taper. My knee is still feeling a little 'off'. I'm sure it's ok. I hope it's ok. 

But I've gone from giddy excitement to fear of not reaching my goal within minutes of each other this week. :) 

I've heard myself say "What was I thinking?" to "Girl, you've totally got this." so many times that I've lost count. ha. 

But today I was curious about carbo loading. When should I start? Is now too early? And I came across this Article from Runner's World Fill Er' Up

It seems that the best time to start carbo loading is 2-3 days out from the race. I knew not to just 'load up' the night before. But I wasn't exactly sure when to start or how much. According to the article you need 4 grams of carbs per pound of body weight. Wow, that was more than I thought. So I'm glad I came across this article. Looks like it's about time to start upping the carbs. 

Potato anyone? 


  1. I may or may not have carbo-loaded for two weeks before my first half.
    Good luck at your race!

    1. Ha.. I wanted to start Monday and everyone was like NOOOO that's too early (ha). I did up the carbs some though ;) But I truly didn't know you are supposed to eat that many carbs for the race and that a 4lb weight gain is normal. Not that I was hoping for any decent race pics.. but definitely goodbye pics if I eat that much.. as I need to drop about 5lb anyway ha

  2. I eat pasta a few days before and the night before I eat a steak..if I eat pasta I feel like I have no energy..I must burn through pasta pretty quickly or something lol Good luck and you've got this! I would eat how you have eaten before your long runs :)

    1. I think when I do this again I will practice more with my eating beforehand on my long runs. I didn't do that this time so I'm a little at a disadvantage.

  3. I normally start about a week before, at least one high carb meal a day, not sure if it helps or not but that's what I do :-).

    Good luck Sunday, you are ready!!!

  4. Carb load any way you can Amy to try to keep those glycogen levels as high as possible before it runs out! Have a blast!


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