So to enable us to hopefully complete the marathon without ‘hitting the wall’ too early we have been following a carb loading plan since Thursday.
The whole concept of carb loading is that in general your body can only store enough glycogen (energy) to sustain 90 minutes of exercise. After this point, without sufficient extra fuelling you are in danger of running out of energy and coming up against the dreaded “wall”. So in the process of carb loading it’s advised to have approx 5-7g of carbohydrates per kg of body weight. These carbohydrates need to be consumed in little & often meals throughout the day.
Today, our last day of carb loading we went for lunch at Vapiano in the Corn Exchange in Manchester.
Vapiano is a Europe wide German chain of restaurants serving Italian food, 4 of which are in the UK, 3 in London & 1 in Manchester.
On our arrival today we were greeted by the manager Lauris. He showed us around, having never been before & explained how the process works. Each person is given a Vapiano credit card in which their food/drinks are billed to & then tallied up at final payment.
Although there are menu’s to guide you at the salad/antipasti, pasta/risotto, pizza & dessert stations, each meal can be tailored to your own personal choice or dietary needs. The pasta is made fresh each morning & cooked as you watch, taking approx 5-7minutes, while at the pizza station you make your order & are given a beeper which alerts you to when it is easy instead of waiting for the 10-15mins it takes to cook.
I ordered pappardelle pomodoro with added chicken & garlic & Frankie had campanelle arrabbiata with added chicken.
Now I’ve eaten pasta in Rome & Venice & this matches up to any I’ve eaten in Italy. Lovely fresh ingredients, homemade fresh pasta……bellissima!!
The meal was finished off with some not so carb loading desserts. We had to go for the stereotypical tiramisu & panna cotta.
Jacqui & Frankie