Running for Fun: What is Carb Loading and How to Do It?

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – On this week’s episode of Run for Fun, we learn about carb loading. Leigh Spann and Coach Maria explain what this actually means and how to effectively add carbohydrates to your diet to fuel your race.

While many people limit the amount of carbohydrates they consume, long-distance runners need additional carbohydrates to use their muscles for longer periods of time.

Trainer Maria discusses glycogen levels in your muscles, how to build them, and what happens when you completely deplete them.

Not all carbohydrates are created equal. Leigh and Maria discuss what types of carbohydrates you should consume more in the days before a long race. The carbs you normally skip work quite well to replenish glycogen stores so you can tap into them again on later miles.

There are carb calculators that can help you determine how many grams of carbs you need based on your size and the race you’re competing in. To make you feel less full, you can add extra carbohydrates from sports drinks and sweets.

Be sure to watch or listen to previous episodes of Run for Fun for more tips on enjoying the miles so you can live an overall healthier lifestyle.

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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