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I didn't "hit the wall" in my marathon

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 05, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I typically feel horrible and have to stop and walk some by 15-20 miles into a marathon. Yesterday, for the first time this did not happen! The last 3 miles of my marathon were much faster than my average pace and the second half of the marathon was a bit faster than the first. I think it was partially due to great pacing, but I also think my diet for the past month has been a factor.

I have not eaten low carb at all but I have increased my fat and am eating about 50/35/15 % carb/fat/protein. Before switching to a paleo diet, I was closer to 60-65% carb and much lower fat. Thanks for all of the advice that I have gotten on this forum! Any other runners out there with similar experiences? what were your macronutrient ratios?

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I got a 1:36 for my half marathon! I can't contribute this to the fat burning though because my body has not adapted yet. I have my next one in January and should be full Paleo adapted by then

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Will do! I am aiming for a 1:40 time (carb loading only helps with endurance events more than 90 min, so it will help me in the last mile and a half basically). I will be tracking my food intake and will post

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on November 05, 2012
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Please come back after the race and let us know how it went.

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on November 05, 2012
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I have been doing Paleo for a short time now and have gone very high fat immediately (I was pretty high protein, maybe 20% fat, relatively low starchy carbs [sweet potato aftrer w/o or before runs] and lots of veggies). I would always find it hard running if I didn't have carbs before and really dying after a few miles.

With the new fat-centered diet, I don't need carbs AND I feel stronger later in my run (similar to how you felt for your marathon). I have a half marathon in Santa Barbara on Saturday and feel very confident that I will kick some butt.

It's nice to know I don't have to carb up before a run, although I will do a small carb load for my half just cause it's fun...I miss my sweet potatoes (which I know can be a part of my diet, but I want to cut them out for a few months to really get my body burning fat)

Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on November 05, 2012
at 07:18 PM

Please come back after the race and let us know how it went.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on November 05, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Will do! I am aiming for a 1:40 time (carb loading only helps with endurance events more than 90 min, so it will help me in the last mile and a half basically). I will be tracking my food intake and will post

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on November 12, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I got a 1:36 for my half marathon! I can't contribute this to the fat burning though because my body has not adapted yet. I have my next one in January and should be full Paleo adapted by then

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