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?
asked byBritt_1 (1974)
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on November 05, 2012
at 04:21 PM
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)