How to Carb-Load for Marathon Week | Runner’s World

How to Carb-Load for Marathon Week | Runner’s World.

Got a big race this weekend? Here’s how to fuel in the days leading up to your marathon.
By Pamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D.;
Image byKate Sears Published
April 16, 2014
Media: Salmon Penne
salmonpenne_200_0 (1)This week, thousands of runners are focused on one thing: tackling a marathon. Whether you are in training for a late spring marathon or gearing up for this week’s Boston Marathon, the subject of fueling has probably come across your mind. At this point, you’ve likely ironed out your pre-race and mid-race fueling, but you might still be wondering exactly how to carb-load in the days leading up to the big event. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind to get to the starting line properly fueled and confident.

Things to keep in mind when thinking about carb-oading:
First off, it was once thought that in order to carb-load properly, you had to severely restrict your carb intake and up your protein-fat intake in the weekdays leading up to race day, then switch to carbs two days before the race while ignoring protein and fat. Luckily, this is no longer the case, and there’s no need to restrict carb intake. Instead, begin reducing your training load while slowly increasing your carb intake. Continue reading

Queens 5k


Nearly 600 runners took to the streets around the Lagan bridges in South Belfast on Wednsday night with Neil McCartan taking overall 17th place in 16.06, with James Savage returning to top form in 17.30, Dee Murray 18.19 and Liam Keenan 18.47 the next 3 East Continue reading

Omagh Half

After last week’s heroics in Larne it was surely too much to expect similar performances in Omagh this week.  But just to prove it was no fluke Barrie Atkinson again franked the form book with another pb, clocking 1.14.35 to take 8th place overall in a  high class field and claiming several notable scalps in the process.  Another East Down man with cause to celebrate was Gerard McAuley, who took 7 minutes off his previous best for the distance. Continue reading


The Larne Half Marathon saw an inspired performance from Barrie Atkinson when he finished  first Over 35 and overall 6th placed runner in a super best time of 1.14.56 and just 35 seconds off a podium place. The race was won by last week’s Jimmy’s Ten winner Joe McAllister in 1.09.44 and saw a morale boosting finish from Declan Teague1.26.49 in 63rd place and Michael McKeown, still recovering from injury but nevertheless posting a credible 1.41.5 as he sets out on his marathon series of half marathons! Continue reading

Jimmy’s 10 – 2014

It hardly seemed a year since the 2013 event but nevertheless the middle Sunday in March it was and time for Jimmy’s Ten again.  The morning dawned cool, bright and dry, typical of previous staging of the increasingly popular race which, with a record entry of over 700 this time fairly brought the historic county town to full alertness on the eve of St Patrick’s Day. Continue reading

St.Patrick’s Day Parade

EDAC have entered the St. Patricks day parade in Downpatrick. All Juniors wishing to take part should meet at 1.30pm on the Ardglass Rd beside the entrance to the Downshire Hospital and we are parade number 39. To get to this point you will need to come up the Killough Rd as the other roads will be closed to traffic.

At the end of the parade we would ask that the Juniors are Picked Up from the car park beside the railway station in Market street.
Can all those taking part please wear club clothing.
For further information please contact Sinead Hanna at Email: