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I am a bit confused regarding the advice i see everywhere about eating carbohydrates before a marathon,
I read about "carb loading" and things like that. I am running the Edinburgh marathon in 27 May
I know that it may make sense on paper......................but here is my little problem: I don't normally eat carbohydrates, they are not part of my diet. They make me feel sickly!
when i run i eat toast or a little bit of cereal before a long run, for energy, and during a long run energy drink/gels, but only when i run. On those moments i feel my body is asking for it, so i follow what it tells me.
Normally i may have a toast for breakfast, but that's the only "carbohydratey thing i have". I do not eat potatoes (I hate them), or pasta or much bread or rice.........and the reason is simply they don't agree with me. I feel bloated and sick, ...........and my idea of hell is a plate of pasta! I just can't cope with it, i feel sick just looking at it. Potatoes make me gag,
Pizza i can tolerate only if it is very extra thin pan. I can have a little bit of bread, and i eat lots of yogurt and milk (that contains carbs)
There are some times (occasionaly) when my body is asking me for chocolate or something sweet, so i eat it. But otherwise I a a protein sort of person. My diet is basically fish, meat, eggs, seafood, poultry,
basically the only carbs i get are from milk and yogurt, and (only on long runs) energy drinks/gel as i feel i need them.
I wonder if I should stick with my way of eating, which works for me. I am athletic and i run. I am following my schedule/training for my marathon and i feel good.
So i reason that would be better for me not to change my diet drastically. Or should i follow the advice given and try to add carbs? but in that case, what if my body reacts badly? the few times i tried i suffered from diahrrea, and that'd be embarrasing and inconvenient so close to a marathon.............................
I am confused as if i was to follow tha advice given, i end up bloated, sickly................