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EMMYERS76
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7/1/13 11:37 P

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I am just a newby so I guess I don't know very much...but I think my friend said she eats a ton of carbs before she runs her marathons.

Edited by: EMMYERS76 at: 7/2/2013 (00:01)
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10/10/12 9:28 A

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Wow. I can't imagine. Last Sunday I barely choked down a yogurt and half a banana before my race! (and with 1 Gu midway though I was fine energy-wise)

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10/5/12 10:59 P

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I'm glad it's not just me who thought it was crazy! I'm thinking I'll aim for maybe 600-700 calories before my next HM. It starts at 11 AM so I should have a good 5 hours between waking up and running. I would still be really curious to hear from anyone who's successful with eating this much before a race.

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10/5/12 7:20 P

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It is in the November issue on page 45. Wow...I never eat that much....but I am Type II Diabetic and eat very little carbs so my body wouldn't know what to do with all that!!!


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10/5/12 6:39 P

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Wow I have never heard of THAT! Scanning the October Runners World issue now and can't find it. Where is the article? What page? Maybe you already have a November issue.

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10/5/12 6:26 P

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Wow ! maybe I should be eating more before my Toronto Waterfront marathon next week.
I guess I just eat my regular meals never thought of eating more. I think taking more race day fuel is better option

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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!

Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
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