I agree with the other posters - carb loading is not required before a 5k or 10K.
The body holds about 2000 calories of usable energy (it can convert fat to energy only slowly - not enough to keep up the energy required in a race), and as a rough guide, you burn 120-160 calories per mile of running. So while carb-loading to extend that 2000 as much as possible is important for a marathon, and perhaps to a lesser extent a half marathon, for a 5K or 10K, there really isn't any benefit to carb loading
Apart from ensuring you have at least something to eat beforehand (especially for a morning race), you don't need to eat anything special for a 5K or a 10K.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
| current weight: 178.0