FIRST OFF, my podcast episode is up with ALI ON THE RUN. You can find it HERE! We talk pretty much about everything so hopefully we get to join you on your next run or drive to work or time folding laundry:)
Before we get into all of the nutrition talk, I want to share an outing we went on and loved.
Andrew and I were planning on doing this hike while Brooke was at school but then decided to wait until after school because of how much Brooke loves hiking.
I’m so glad she was there!
We hiked to St. Mary Lake up Big Cottonwood Canyon and it was about 2 miles roundtrip. This hike is very kid friendly and absolutely gorgeous!
Keeping Skye in her pack the whole time is our safest method of hiking.
On the drive back home we passed by a little restaurant in the canyon and decided to check it out. Silver Fork Lodge.. it’s a must if you are in Utah. The views from your table to the mountains outside are gorgeous, there is a fire going and it just feels so cozy inside.
They also bring you fresh warm sourdough bread which tasted amazing dipped into their corn chowder.
AND THIS PASTA PRIMAVERA was unreal.
Oh and Skye and I went on another date to Great Harvest of course. She knows it’s our little thing and she goes to the same table every time.
Still making up for that carb depletion last week.
And I finally washed my hair yesterday after this picture so that was a big accomplishment.
Let’s dive into my race nutrition for the week of the race. I am the opposite of an expert when it comes to this but I have figured out what works for me and my body so I’ll share what I have found.
Let’s start with the carb depletion. I wrote more about WHY we did this in this post. The carb depletion started on Saturday (a week before the race and after my 2nd run for the day) and ended on Tuesday morning at around 8 a.m. It was so much harder than I could have ever imagined. We still had carbs through vegetables and the small amounts in other foods but overall, they were very low. I ate chicken, veggies, steak, eggs, almond butter, cheese and other items like that. I felt terrible, so tired and very irritable. I was craving thick slices of bread like you wouldn’t believe.
Like I said last week, I really trust my coach and I am VERY happy that I did do the carb depletion. I really do think that it helped me and I will do it again before CIM. After the depletion we focused on carb-loading for two day and I did excellent with that. The goal is for your body to hold onto more carbs/glycogen for race day after the depletion and I feel like it did.
I never hit the wall in the slightest (but my legs were very tired at the end) during the race and I felt like my body never came close to running out of fuel/energy. And even if there were zero physical gains from the depletion (even though I REALLY think there were), mentally it really helped me. During the final miles of the race I went over all of the little things that I did to help me to run faster that day and this is one I thought about a few times. I told myself that the carb depletion helped me store more energy to use for speed and I believed it. I knew if I could live without carbs for a few days, I could finish the race ha.
I also said goodbye to all caffeine for a few weeks leading up to the race. I wanted my body to REALLY feel the benefits from caffeine during the race and I feel like this is more possible when your body isn’t used to having it. At mile 15ish when I got my bottle with a Nanohydrate in it, I FELT that caffeine boost.
Thursday I ate pretty normally and then on Friday I switched over to my very boring/low fiber eating that I do the day before a marathon. I’ve never had to stop during a marathon for the bathroom because I do this each time and I’m going to keep sticking to that.
I had pancakes for breakfast with some eggs and then we stopped at Jimmy John’s on the way down to St. George for a turkey and cheese sandwich.
After the expo we went to the hotel and at around 6 Andrew brought back Olive Garden for us all. Chicken, marinara, noodles and breadsticks (the broccoli below was for the kids) for me and I had 3 breadsticks with my dish along with some of Knox’s pizza. I know a lot of people recommend not having a huge meal the night before a marathon but I just like to and feel more energy that way.
The next morning I started eating at 3:30 a.m. The race started at 6:45 so that was a little over 3 hours in advance. I had a bagel with jam and drank pedialyte (I really think that helps with hydration for me) in bed that morning before taking a shower. Once I got on the bus, I had another bagel with jam at around 5 a.m with my 2 scoops of UCAN.
I am the biggest fan of UCAN and how my body responds to it. It gives me the best energy without spiking my blood sugar and then crashing. I really believe that UCAN is what helped me to finally get my sub 3 last year and then another big pr this year. I’ve started working with them so you can use the code HUNGRYRUNNERGIRL to get 10% off here! I’m going to start using it during the run too now that I can get bottles at different races. I can’t wait to see what that does for my running.
You can also get 4 sample packets HERE of UCAN for $1.99. This way you can try it out and see how you love it!
Brooke decorated my bottle for my UCAN too:)
At 6:15 a.m. I had a gel.
And then the race started. I had elite bottles so the day before the race we dropped them off at the expo. We could choose what we wanted at each table which was really nice.
The order of my six bottles went like this—> water, gatorade, water, nanohydr8, gatorade, water.
And I officially lose at blogging because I FORGOT HOW MANY GELS I TOOK during the race. I think 3 but I don’t really remember. My bottles helped me to really get in some calories from the gatorade (rather than a cup that I end up spilling all over myself) and I just sipped on my gels every 45ish minutes or so. I didn’t feel like taking them all at once so I just ate a little bit of each packet at a time.
I really felt great at the end of the race, there was no wall and my stomach didn’t feel off in the slightest. Here’s to hoping I found the perfect solution and that it wasn’t just a fluke ha.
And most importantly, after the race—> there was a lot of amazing food. Morty’s in St. George is unreal. Those are scone fries that we dipped into honey butter. I had an amazing soda, burger and then for dinner we ordered pizza and ate candy. It was perfection.
Time to get back to cooking again and I just bought a new cookbook so I’ll share my thoughts on it soon:)
What are some of the things that you do the week of a race to help out your race as far as nutrition goes?
How often do you wash your hair? Hopefully some of you can help me feel better about my answer;)
Favorite type of soup… tis’ the season and I want to make them ALL!
Anyone else love Great Harvest? What do you get there?