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Jan 22, 2010 05:33 AM

Carb Load before the Marathon

My husband is running the Austin Marathon next month. I was looking for suggestions for good Italian the night before the race.


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  1. Vespaio gets lots of love on this board

    1. I think Cannoli Joe's would be a carb loader's dream. All you can eat Italian buffet. The quality is decent, better than Olive Garden, though not nearly as good as Vespaio and Andiamo.

      1. http://www.yelp.com/biz/mandola-estat...

        Mandola's Estate restaurant is good for Italian.
        Sorta a drive depending on where you live in Austin, but a good experience... to me better than most of the Austin places (all though I do enjoy Vespaio, parking isn't always easy down there).

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        1. re: drdelicious

          You didn't say whether this is your husband's first marathon or not. Carb-loading in the form of all you can eat pasta is not the recipe for a personal record. He should eat the same type of pre-race meal as he has done while in training before his weekly long runs. I once wrecked what would have been a great Napa Valley marathon by eating too much spaghetti the night before.