Boston Marathon & Carbo Loading


The race and the food:

Boston Marathon & Carbo Loading

My carbo loading for pre-marathon started a few days ago, on Saturday. My “pre-marathon” walk was on Sunday from Brookline, Massachusetts, through the Boston Marathon’s finish line. Then beyond into Downtown Crossing, around the parks and crossing back for a second time through the Boston Marathon Finish Line and back to Brookline.


Boston Garden

I crossed the finish line twice in one day!

Okay, I didn’t exactly run this race. Seriously, I’ve done one marathon, one-half mile marathon training, and many small races. I race-walked the Los Angeles Marathon. Back in Boston, on Sunday I did a 9-mile walk to enjoy the pre-Boston Marathon festive spirit and the crowd on Boylston and beyond. The Boston Marathon is very special and popular for everyone in the USA, and apparently around the world since it’s the oldest marathon in the USA, it’s prestigious and it’s very difficult to qualify.

“No one runs like Boston!” or something like that!


Boston Marathon Elite women runners (Photo: Margarita Persico)

Above: Marathon winner Caroline Rotich, of Kenya, at mile 24 in Brookline where she was in third place just two miles before winning the race.


Boston Marathon Elite women runners (Photo: Margarita Persico)


Boston Marathon Elite women runners (Photo: Margarita Persico)

It rained throughout most of the 119th Boston Marathon, but it didn’t deter a crowd from cheering on the runners.

About the food

I know a little about preparing for a race from my L.A. Marathon and other short races I’ve done. It all starts with lots of training, the food, and a few tips. It’s not easy work training for a marathon. It is hard work from the beginning to end.

Photos below of my yummy carbo loading for two days:


Marathon carbo loading (Photo: Margarita Persico)

Of course, always add salads to alkalize any meal. Since I’m a vegan, I have an advantage. I made gluten-free stuffed shells with vegetarian stuffing. I also made a saffron risotto, with no cheese.


Marathon carbo loading (Photo: Margarita Persico)

I love my sweets, so there’s always some dessert. Yes! As healthy as I eat, plus my daily wheatgrass and all of the green juices, I still want something sweet. Decadent and delicious sweets! So I make my sweets without sugar. To sweeten, I usually use Stevia or fruits. For these recipes, stay tuned on this website for my e-cookbook release.


Cake (Photo: Margarita Persico /

Here are some more fun food recipe links and tips — After all, we are a food website :-) I would have invited my friends over for cake, but unfortunately I ate the whole cake!

Just kidding there are two pieces left!





Oh, yes I said I would be giving you some other tips. My most valuable tip for the race was having comfortable running shoes and clothes that wouldn’t rub against my skin. I sought after my gym trainer’s recommendation. Vaseline was necessary for me since my shoes and fabric rubbing on my skin during training caused blisters on my heels and toes. My sports medicine doctor recommended after long training and after the race to soak in a cool tub to reduce inflammation. I did that and the morning after the marathon I was well and went out for a walk with my running group. That’s what worked for me. When in doubt, always consult with your health professional. Please share any tips. Have a safe workout and marathon.



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