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Carb loading. Why? Expand please!

submitted by Abbie C. via Facebook

Hi Abbie thanks for your question. Runners carbo-load prior to long races such as half and full marathons. Your body burns glycogen first for energy and when that runs out fat. Glycogen is stored in your liver and muscles. When your body burns all if its glycogen this is when runners typically hit “the well”. Carbo loading is started a few days prior to racing and runners will typically eat complex carbs to top off their energy stores before their race. Proper carbo loading is not done just the night before and doesn’t not mean eating everything in sight. Normally you would eat more rice, potatoes, pancakes, pasta, fruit etc. but not high fat/fiber items. You would not need to carbo load for a 5k.
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