Glycogen : Energy Saving Ideas

Posted: October 22, 2007 in marathon, marathon training

Carbohydrates that a person eats are converted by the liver and muscles into glycogen for storage. Glycogen burns quickly to provide quick energy. In my previous article we read that when glycogen runs low running becomes difficult.

To boost your performance you need to ‘Carbo Load’, increase your carbohydrate intake during the week before the marathon to allow your body to store more glycogen. A runner whose body has stored low levels of glycogen will run out of fuel and burn out early. Rich sources of carbohydrates are bread, porridge and potatoes.

During the race most coaches advice amateur runners to try to run at 75% of your peak performance to save energy to take you the full distance.

There is no marathon rule that says you have to run the full distance, to save energy use walk and run strategy. If you plan to run the full distance go easy dont push hard on the hilly sections. Slow down.

Training for a marathon is very important because one aim of training is to train your body to utilise a higher percentage of energy from burned fat even during the early phase of the race, thus conserving glycogen.

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