I just received the newest issue of Runner's World, and it suggests eating about 1,000 calories worth of carbs before running a full or half marathon. Does anyone eat that much before a race? It seems like a lot, but for my half last weekend I ate a cinnamon raisin bagel (270 cals) with cream cheese about 2.5 hours before, and then a honey stinger waffle about 1/2 hour before start of the race, and my endurance wasn't what I expected it to be (I had 1 packet of PowerBar gels during the race, which I'm also thinking wasn't enough fuel, now).
But still, 1,000 seems really high. Is it possible to eat this much in the 4 hours before a race and not suffer intestinal distress during the race? I'm planning another half at the end of the month and hoping to do better on fueling. Thanks!
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5K PR: 23:40
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HM PR: 1:59:37
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