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Paleo & training for marathon=Insane?

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Created May 05, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I just started eating Paleo due to noticing how much grains seem to affect my stomach. I've read that endurance type sports really aren't encouraged, however, I've already committed to running the Marine Corps Marathon this October with a friend and I'm curious if anyone else runs longer distance runs while maintaining a Paleo diet and what tips ya'll might have for me of things to eat before a run that should fuel my long runs like grains did.

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My sister-in-law is doing her second Ironman. This one is on strict Paleo.

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at 02:52 PM

Coconut water is a great electrolyte replacement drink. It contains carbs though so Ketogenic athletes should beware.

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I'm genuinely curious: do you think your proselytizing is going to actually convert anyone, or is there some other reason that you've joined a forum that clearly doesn't cater to your dietary preferences?

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on January 16, 2012
at 02:00 AM

????????? and ?

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I'm going to enter a half-ish marathon adventure race, it's 10-12 miles, and I'm eating fairly low carb, but mostly it's cheaper to eat low carb. I suppose if I really needed carbs, I'd just go for fruit before long runs. In the Paleo Diet For Athletes Cordain suggests a few quick 'meals' to eat before and after endurance exercises.

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http://paleohacks.com/questions/24948/whats-the-paleo-equivalent-to-carbo-loading-before-an-endurance-event#axzz1LUylGnjz

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http://paleohacks.com/questions/36761/is-a-low-carb-version-of-paleo-a-good-idea-for-a-marathon-or-other-endurance-race#axzz1LUylGnjz

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:37 PM

Interesting perspective here: http://www.mcmillanrunning.com/marathonlongrun.htm regarding the long-run during marathon training. It's not paleo per se, but MacMillan seems to make the argument that, at least for long-run training, you don't NEED carbs. ANY carbs! Water, Electrolytes, yes, you can get thru NUUN tablets or the like. I trained for my last marathon this way and it was no problem for me. Keep in mind I'm a mid-pack mom, age 46, so if I could do it...

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:51 PM

I just trained and completed a half marathon after being 100% paleo for the last three months. I was unable to train without adding electrolytes and some cliff blocks during runs, other things for fuel (coconut water and lara bars) during the run didn't work very well and living in the south (think hot and humid) I have seriously low sodium and needing help getting my levels back up. My running partner read Paleo for Athletes and I believe they say its ok to use non-paleo fuel for endurance training. Hope this helps!

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on May 12, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Coconut water is a great electrolyte replacement drink. It contains carbs though so Ketogenic athletes should beware.

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on May 05, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Dr. Cordain wrote an entire book on it, called The Paleo Diet For Athletes. By "athlete" he is referring to endurance training.

I haven't read it (under a few others on my shelf) but Robb Wolf has said it encourages a higher carb load. Those are still Paleo carbs, though.

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on May 12, 2012
at 03:03 PM

It is very doable. Rowed lightweight crew and kept paleo. Rowing a 2k is hands down more physically taxing than running a marathon. Fruit and sweet potatoes come in handy.

paleosita.com is a great site for more info on endurance training and paleo. The author is Nell Stephenson and she kicks ass.

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on May 12, 2012
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Another good source of information on low-carb endurance training is Dr. Phil Maffetone: http://www.amazon.com/180/dp/1616080655

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on May 12, 2012
at 02:50 PM

Although on Paleo, when I train I switch to a more ketogenic diet (almost no carbs). It will help you maintain a more regular supply of energy. You could look at Dr Peter Attia, he's a long distance open water swimmer who uses a ketogenic diet. He says it improved his VO2 max and his waistline.

In general you'll find keto and paleo relatively similar with keto having higher fat and even lower carbs. You should find that you no longer 'hit the wall' and you'll just have to concentrate on your physical prowess :) If you are not lactose intolerant dairy can be a great source of fat, depends on how faithful to Paleo you want to remain.

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on January 16, 2012
at 01:55 AM

Carbs = glycogen glycogen = muscle fuel

You restrict your carbs, you restrict your fuel. You need to eat good carbs, ie fruits, starchy vegetables, grains, beans, lentils, pasta. Not twinkies and doughnuts. Make it whole grain and your good to go. Limit your fat intake if your trying to run. I'm a runner and I eat high carb, I'm 6 foot and weight 138 pounds. The idea that carbs make you fat is a load of crap.

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on January 16, 2012
at 02:02 AM

I'm genuinely curious: do you think your proselytizing is going to actually convert anyone, or is there some other reason that you've joined a forum that clearly doesn't cater to your dietary preferences?

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on January 16, 2012
at 02:00 AM

????????? and ?

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on May 05, 2011
at 07:48 PM

You should also check out www.crossfitendurance.com as a training and nutrition source of information. Paleos generally don't like "chronic cardio" and the crossfit endurance method requires many fewer miles/week than typical marathon training.

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