The Story: I ran the SF Marathon yesterday (so un-paleo) and am now in pain. I celebrated a good amount after the race and would like to fast today to let my body clear out the crap.
The Question: If I fueled properly after the race yesterday (for the most part), would fasting until about 4pm today hinder my muscles from repairing?
asked byDesmond (2312)
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on July 28, 2014
at 03:46 PM
I don't have any pubmed articles to send you, but I think fasting after a marathon is a bad idea. I've coached elite high school athletes, and the literature talks a lot about the zero week at the end of a 12-18 week training cycle.
In the zero week you push hyper-caloric diet in the post 24-48 hour period. It is high in protein and electrolytes (I had my athletes drinking gatorade but coconut water and bananas would work well too). Then on the third day (Wednesday) you return to a normal diet still with lots of fluids (at this time it's water) and active stretching.
I've see this work wonders for athletes that are worn down at the end of the season, and after a week of progressive workouts they are ready to begin a new season refreshed.
Nevermind, I do (you will have to look up whether fasting effects Oxidative DNA damage -- but I'd imagine it doesn't help):