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Carbo-load for the Houston Marathon with these recipes

Keep up your energy during the Houston Marathon by eating carbs today.
Keep up your energy during the Houston Marathon by eating carbs today.
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The Houston Marathon is tomorrow. For those running the course, the training has ended, and today is the day to prepare the body for the race on Sunday morning. Many Houston Marathon runners choose to carbo-load the days before to provide their bodies with a supply of energy that will sustain them throughout the race. Here are some ideas to get you started the day before and on the day of the Houston Marathon:

In this Runner's World article, it notes that the minimum carbohydrate amount is 6 grams per kilogram of body weight. Taking in that amount could help to make you faster at the marathon if it's your first 26.4 mile race. This carbohydrate intake equals 1,800 calories only from carbs for a 165-pound runner. This does not include calories from fats or proteins. Here is even more information in an article from Runner's World titled "How to Carbo Load."

The day before the Houston Marathon:

Enjoy white rice, pasta, white bread or potatoes without fatty toppings. Peeled fruits or fruit juices also contribute carbohydrates to your body for the race.

Easy Rice Pudding

  • 1 4-serving package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled white rice
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  1. Whisk together the pudding mix and milk.
  2. Stir the cooked rice and raisins into the pudding.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the pudding to taste.
  4. Chill until ready to serve.

Ketchup Potato Sandwiches

  • 1 package scalloped potato mix with dehydrated potato slices
  • ½ loaf white bread
  • ½ cup kethcup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Remove sauce packet from scalloped potato box and set aside for another recipe.
  2. Cook dehydrated potatoes according to the instructions on the package. Drain and set aside.
  3. Make sandwiches by putting the cooked potatoes between slices of bread with ketchup spread on the bread or served on the side for dipping.
  4. Serve with salt and pepper to taste.

On Sunday, Race day for the Houston Marathon:

On the day of the race, enjoy food that is easy-to-digest to keep from causing problems when combined with pre-race jitters. Consider any of the following:

Plain white bagel

Fruit juice or a sports drink (Avoid fruit juice if it causes digestive distress because you don't want the runs when you are running a marathon.)


Instant oatmeal

Avoid fatty doughnuts or rich breakfast pastries, which could sit in your stomach waiting to be digested for too long to give you the energy you need immediately.

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