My Running Coach Delivers the Worst News I Have Ever Heard

I ran, I ran, I ran and it felt great! An easy 5K that was much needed!

I felt like everyone was talking my ear off yesterday and it felt amazing to just listen to the wind and zone out a little bit after a loooooong Monday. Ever have days like that?

Here I am running at the beach:


Haha, I wish!

I emailed my running coach as soon as I got home saying “Run went great, I really want to do another run tomorrow, maybe a bit longer?” and she said nope : (

We are taking a cautious approach and I am going to rest again tomorrow and then do around 5mi on Wednesday.

I have been planning a nice big carb filled dinner for Sat. night. In fact, I may or may not have signed up to run 13.1 just so I could carbo load. My run coach said in her race strategy email tonight “no need to carbo load.”Β Worst news ever.

This may be the one time that I go against my coach’s advice : )


When I told Adam he said, “Well, I just heard of this new running strategy called post-race carbo loading. It’s where I take you out for bread and pasta after your half.” This man is the best.

In case you didn’t know bread is my favorite food. All types. I am not prejudice against any breads (except rye). The seeds = gross. The actual bread part is okay!

What do you eat the day before a race?

Do you carbo load?Β 



  1. November 5, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    Ah, so jealous that you had a great run! I wanted to go tonight but I can’t breathe still πŸ™ The best way to carbo load is to eat a little more carbs the entire week of the race…an extra slice of bread or an extra pasta dinner etc. I like pasta or thin-crust veggie pizza the night before a race, personally!

    • November 7, 2013 / 12:28 pm

      I hope you are feeling better today!! A slice of veggie pizza sounds perfect, I am definitely adding it to my list of day-before-13.1 foods to eat!

  2. November 5, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    Before marathons, I try to eat more carbs and less protein/fats. The day before, I often have a sandwich or pasta (lunch/dinner). I like thin crust pizza, too.

    • November 7, 2013 / 12:29 pm

      Thin crust is the best crust πŸ™‚

      What kind of sandwiches do you like to have?

  3. November 8, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    Your coach probably has it right, especially for shorter events. Most of the time carb loading is completely unnecessary and most often just used as an excuse to eat crappy pasta or junk food, in my opinion. Even or a half marathon, I don’t think I’d carb load. The extra weight gain is probably not worth it, as you’ll never even get close to glycogen depletion in 13.1 miles.