Source of carbs for serious distance runners.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 05, 2012 at 8:39 PM

So I have recently gotten interested in the paelo diet. I'm a competitive runner, running nywhere from 20 to 60 miles a week. My question is what is the best source of carbs I can consume. I do eat fruit, dates, kiwi, blueberries, apples, bannas, and others that I can't think of. Although those are great sources for carbs they contain too much sugar and cannot be consumed often. I will say after cutting much of my grain intake my stomach has been feeling better. Any thoughts on this ? Feedback is greatly appreciated.

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on October 06, 2012
at 12:41 AM

You should look up Phil Maffetone. You may change your mind about all these carbs needed for running. http://philmaffetone.com/beatthebonk.cfm



on October 05, 2012
at 09:45 PM

If your sugar metabolism is not like the average american (shitty), then there is nothing wrong with consuming sugar.


on October 05, 2012
at 08:49 PM

I've been training for a half-marathon (100k of training miles in September, plus the same again in cross-training - swimming, cycling and rowing) on 100% Paleo diet, with sweet potatoes, bananas, carrots and parsnips as my main sources of carbs. I try to limit fruit to immediately after runs (and a ripe banana a couple of hours before), with a big tray of roasted vegetables for dinner the evening I run (and usually the evening before as well). Based on this diet, I've found that I can run for around 2 hrs 15 minutes before I feel like I'm starting to hit the wall.



on October 06, 2012
at 10:13 AM

Tubers. Squashes are fine too and particularly easy to eat if you make them into a soup.


on October 06, 2012
at 09:18 AM

Sweet potatoes, chestnuts, white rice.



on October 06, 2012
at 12:10 AM

As a runner who is starting to get bored with sweet potatoes, I've been playing around with masa and I like it a lot. It's not paleo, but I seem to tolerate it just fine, and it livens up my meals.

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