Adventures With Carbs

I’m doing the Hapalua 1/2 marathon this upcoming weekend. I feel pretty ready for it *knock on wood.

After this run, I think I’m gonna take a break from running marathons since I just can’t imagine being able to train for it and study for my finals in December. So, my marathoning days might be over for now.

Instead of long distance running, I plan to update my cardio with shorter sessions, and to continue weight training, in hopes that I don’t lose muscle mass as much as I have been. With running, I was in a cycle of having to carbo load a couple days before a long run, so I’d gain weight. But, I’d tend to lose the weight in the days following the run as long as I ate well. Muscle mass took a hit though. Each time, my muscle mass would go down when measured with the calipers. It would be both fat and muscle that decreases. Hopefully, getting rid of the long distance running will help to retain muscle and only lose fat?

I was told to consume 230g carbs every day in the week following the 1/2 marathon, and then I’ll cycle through a cycle where I consume 125g protein a day, with a cycle of carbs ranging from high to low levels, every three days. My cardio sessions shouldn’t be more than an hour at the most. I think my longest runs will be about 6 miles. We’ll see how this goes. I’m kinda happy with how things have been progressing so far, but the time commitment to long distance running is tough with all my schoolwork.

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