10 Carb Loading Recipes for Marathoners

    You’ve been training for months, running during every available minute. Your lucky sneakers are ready for race day. Whether you’re running a 5K, a 10K, or a marathon this year, there’s still one thing you have left to do before your big run: carb load.

    Your diet and hydration during the days leading up to your race are just as crucial as the endurance you’ve built. For endurance running, strong legs will get you far in your stride, but glycogen, your body’s most accessible form of energy, will keep you going. The best sources are the right carbohydrates, which will often save you from “hitting the wall” (when you run out of glycogen, and your body slows down to convert fat into energy) during your race, and keep you going until the finish line. These carbs don’t include sugary meals or drinks, which only serve as short-term sugar packs.

    For whatever you’re running your heart out this year, we’ve got the best carb loading recipes. They’ve got the perfect balance of protein and fiber, are easily digested, and are stored efficiently by your body. You can get your nutrients from a vegetarian diet as well.

    For best results, start eating up some of these dishes three to four days before your big run, limit your intake of fiber, and listen to your body, and you’ll be ready to conquer the miles.

    Pasta & noodles

    Whole grain pasta with basil & sauteed veggies
    Shrimp korma with spaghetti
    Classic lasagna
    Ginger chicken with Udon noodles & veggies
    Creamy coconut kelp noodles

    Chicken biryani
    Baked lentils & rice casserole
    Wild Rice & mushrooms

    Mashed Sweet Potatoes
    Methi Potato Stuffed Paratha

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