It helps to eat more carbs for a few days before an event, but this has to be balanced with not trying anything new in the run up to an event.
just add an extra round of toast at breakfast, an extra banana at lunch (or during the day) and an extra spoon of rice/pasta/potato for dinner. My personal favourite before a long race is a mild curry with plenty of rice plus some naan bread, as the rice and bread are good sources of carbohydrates. I prefer curries with a bit of heat in normal circumstances, but don't want any chilli after effects on the day of the race!
Also, If you watch your calories, some biscuits and other sugary snacks are OK the day before the race. Sugar is a simple carb so doesn't stay in your system as long, so you want to focus on complex carbs like pasta and rice In the build up.
also don't go over the top as you'll just feel bloated and uncomfortable during the race.
This doesn't tell you whether you over-pronate or not, this indicates that your foot lands on the outside edge. It doesn't provide any clue to how much your foot rolls inwards (I.e. Pronates) after the initial contact.
id recommend you go to a running shop that offers gait analysis so they can get a view of how your foot moves when running. This should give you a selection of shoes to pick from, and the final choice comes down to which ever fits your feet the best. This is not a foolproof process, as how you run on a treadmill for two minutes may differ to how you run on pavement at the end of a long run, but it does reduce the risk of picking an unsuitable shoe.
Have you had an MRI scan to diagnose the meniscus tear, or is the diagnosis based on the GP's assessment? I had a couple of diagnoses before an MRI identified the real cause was a meniscal tear.
From my understanding the meniscus won't repair itself as its cartillage and has no blood flow. The most common treatment is to remove the tear, as repairing it involves "gluing" it to the bone which takes a long time to recover from the Op and isn't always successful (as it unbonds after a few years).
I think you need to follow the GPs advice of three weeks with no running to let any swelling subside and then see them again (to keep them on your side). Some things to consider when going back:
- has it started 'clicking' since the accident (either audibly or feeling notchy when extending)?
- can you kneel on it?
- does it impact on your "quality of life", i.e. does it prevent you performing activities that you used to do (e.g. running)?
- where does it hurt - above, below or inside the knee?
If you are happy with the Saucony fit, then the Guide sounds like the shoe for you. I picked up a pair for £55 just before Xmas with one of the regular discount codes I get from one of the "RW Shopping partners" listed to the right of this web page (sorry, can't remember which one).
I've been using the Saucony Mirage for the last few years, which is similar to the Kinvara but with a bit of support, and the Guides felt comfortable straight away. I've only managed a couple of runs in them but they fit well and no teething aches/pains etc.