Running and the Slow Carb diet

I’ve been eating differently for the last few weeks, doing the Slow Carb diet.  In a nutshell it’s no white carbs, no dairy, no fruit and no sugar/sweeteners for 6 days a week.  The 7th day anything goes.

It is going extraordinarily well.  I have lost 8 pounds and I feel really great.    I was worried that the lack of fast carbs would effect my running but so far it hasn’t really had an impact.

The first time I ran, I felt exhausted at the 1.5 mile point but I pushed through and recovered by mile 4.  I was able to do 6 miles at a pretty decent pace.

Today I ran 5 miles at lunch time.  I felt good throughout the entire run, so I think my body is adapting to the lack of sugar and fast burning carbs.

Yesterday I signed up for a half-marathon on April 2nd, so I have less than 4 weeks to get ready.   I was worried that the diet would hinder my training but I think it’s going to be okay.

I will time my long runs and the race for my “cheat day” – the day I can eat anything, so I won’t have to worry about having a gel or two and some Gatorade.

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  1. ashley says:

    way to go! thats great! no way i’d be able to cut out fruits for 6x a week…

  2. Laura says:

    I’m seeing some good results so I’m going to give it another month and see what happens. My energy is really level all day, so I’m intrigued by that. And I love, love, love the cheat day, even though I don’t seem to eat all that much after all.

  3. Ken says:

    Hi Laura – how is this going? Have you stayed on this 100% while training for the April 4th race? I’m thinking of going back on myself while training for a July 1/2 marathon. I also noticed the mini-wall at 1.5 miles or so and wonder if it goes away. I guess I’ll find out myself but another post from you about slow-carb training after the race would be welcome!

  4. Laura says:

    Hi Ken,
    Thanks for your comment. I have stayed on the SCD while training. My body had adjusted enough so that I can do my regular training runs without any problems, up to about 5 miles. The mini-wall does go away. I had to push through it the first few runs but now I don’t have that issue anymore.

    For my long runs, I have to schedule my cheat day for the day before. I made the mistake this weekend of thinking that I could reverse the days and it was a big mistake. I wanted to run 12 miles on Saturday and then have my cheat day on Sunday. It was a stupid idea, but today was Maine Maple Sunday which was just too perfect for a cheat day. Maple syrup flavored everything! My run yesterday, the day before a cheat day, was miserable. After mile 6 I knew I was doomed. I ended up only running 9 miles instead of the planned 12. Last week I cheated on Saturday and ran a wonderful 11 miles on Sunday. I won’t make this mistake again.

    Next week the 1/2 is on Saturday so I’m going to have to cheat on Friday. I now understand about runners and their pasta dinners the night before. I will be doing that. I can now tell the difference.


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