This was Saturday morning and it was so incredibly good.
I’m ALMOST DONE WITH MY CARB DEPLETION and I am counting down the minutes. I have never done this before but my coach gave us the option to do it. He has seen a lot of success with himself and his athletes that have done this a week out from their marathons. I really trust my coach (I’ve had a lot of PRs since starting with him—> mile, 5k, 10k, half-marathon) so this (even though it has been very hard) is another thing I’m trusting him on!
I AM NOT A DIETICIAN (or anything close to one) BUT THE BELOW IS MY UNDERSTANDING (and I would love more understanding on it in the comments if you want to share). I know there are many studies that have proved this to not work but my coach has seen it work for his athletes so I’m going for it. I’ve followed everything my coach has told us to do so far so I really want to give his entire training cycle my 100% dedication.
The point of the carb depletion is that when you start eating carbs again, it will trick your body into storing more glycogen than normal after being depleted of glycogen. Your body can then use the extra glycogen during the race. It might even help to train your body a little bit to use fat for fuel which is important during a marathon at the end when you are out of glycogen. I also think he has us do it for mental reasons ha… we are supposed to do an all-out mile tomorrow and he said it is going to feel a lot worse than mile 26 of the marathon so we will prove to ourselves that we can do really hard things tomorrow morning;)
I’ve been careful to make sure I am getting enough calories during this carb depletion. So far I have eaten avocados, steak, veggies, bacon, almond butter, cottage cheese, fresh mozzarella, butter, greek yogurt and a lot of almonds and peanuts. ***This type of eating will ONLY occur for me during this depletion. I am the biggest believer in carbohydrates and they will continue to be a large portion of my everyday eating.
I started the depletion Saturday after my second run and will finish it the second I get home from my all-out mile. I’m going to rock it at the carb load starting tomorrow morning. Thursday afternoon/Friday will consist of normal eating.
After breakfast on Saturday we went to a pumpkin patch with the girls and Brooke’s friend too.
The girls then spent a long time painting each pumpkin.
We had a very low-key day at home on Sunday.
We went to church!
And then picked some fresh veggies out of my good friend’s garden.
And finished off the day at my parents’ house for dinner. This picture of me with my dog and parents was on the counter when I got there. That little poodle was my best friend for a lot of years!
And just a few more random things to talk about today:
*Brooke’s racing pro tip: run through the sprinklers whenever you get a chance.
*They are officially twins.
*I HAVE MY BIB NUMBER!!
*My suitcase is officially packed. I LOVE packing for a race early so that if I think of anything else that I need leading up to the race I can just throw it in my bag.
*Skye is watching out for me leading up to the race too by bringing me just the things I need.
Have a middle name? What is it?
Has anyone tried a carb depletion before a race? Notice a difference? What about a carb load?
Favorite form of carbohydrates (I miss them and want to talk about them ha)!
Are you an early packer or last minute packer for trips?