Right Carbs For Marathon Running

Right Carbs For Marathon Running Nutrition is an important aspect of any athlete's performance. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine examined the nutritional factors at work in marathon running and found that competitors who consumed greater than 7 grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight the day before the event posted a faster race time and better maintained running speed compared to participants who consumed fewer carbohydrates.

True Strength Moment: According to this research, to finish faster a 150 pound marathon runner would have to consume 476 grams of carbohydrates the day before racing. To put that amount in perspective, a 14-inch cheese pizza delivers only 217 grams of carbohydrates which is less than half of what's suggested. Planning ahead is obviously very important to managing this pre-race meal.
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