Hi my name is Linzi and I’m a carboholic. Hi Linzi!
It’s been hard for me to admit that I have this huge tiny obsession with carbs, mainly bread, pasta, bread oh yeah and more bread.
So you can imagine my expression when I went to my Team in Training Nutrition meeting last week and the words of “carb lovers dream” escaped the mouth of the presenter.
My ears perked up – carb lovers dream? That’s me alright.
Basically we were told that due to the amount of running and the length of our runs we NEED to be taking in extra carbs as a way for our body to have enough energy stored during our longer runs.
Makes sense. Plus I think this means I get to eat carbs with a little less guilt? Count this girl in!
Now the issue arises that I am still a girl on a mission to lose a few pounds while training for a marathon. Can this be done all the while I am loading up on guiltfree bread?
I’m not 100% sure, but I’m going to give it a real good try.
The presenter explained that our marathon diet should consist of roughly 50-70% carbs. Which were described as whole wheat bread, 3 fruit servings per day and unlimited supply of veggies.
Of course protein is important to building muscle, so by balancing a protein with a carb. such as a pear smeared with peanut butter….. you are in business.
I really want to be one of those people who finishes the marathon and is in amazing shape when I’m done.
Not saying that I’m just running this marathon in return for a sweet bod in the end. But wouldn’t it be nice?
Yes, yes it would.
So will eating tons of carbs + running hundreds of miles get me to my end goal of sweet marathon bod?
Only time will tell.
And honestly, I get that I need to eat more calories considering I am burning a TON more with the added mileage.
But it’s not a free ticket to go buck wild and eat ALL the bread I want whenever I want. Nope, now it’s a matter of precise planning and monitoring my food intake.
So I have decided I’m going to take before and after photos & measurements to document the changes in my body during marathon madness training.
Yes I realize I am about a month into “official” marathon training but I think we can still start here. So in a few months I will post my carb-loving pictures good or bad and show you the results. I think that is motivation right there!
What are your thoughts on carbing up while marathon training?