September 27, 2012

low carb and endurance running

I'm currently attempting to build up my run miles for next years Angel Fire endurance trail run. It'll be a challenging 31 mile run over mountains and through valleys using national forest trails starting at the base of the Angel Fire ski resort. Currently my endurance is poor, I have a long way to go. Last week my longest run was 6 miles. I ran it slowly and it was uncomfortable.

Earlier this week I started a low carb diet I read about in "The art and science of low carbohydrate performance". It's a low carb diet for endurance athletes. When I started this diet I assumed my endurance and speed would decrease. I was also fully expecting to feel horrible. So far I feel great. Today I ran a little over 7 miles consuming nothing but water and felt fantastic. Feeling even better than I had felt on a traditional endurance athletes diet was not what I was expecting, but that is exactly what has happened.

On my first day of my low carb diet I lost 2 1/4 pounds. I'm back into the 220's again! So far I'm loving this.


Anonymous said...

That's amazing- keep it up, and good luck with it! I want to lose that much in a day! Does the diet have a maintenance phase after you have lost the initial weight?

Cody the Clydesdale said...

This low carb diet is different from any other I've read about. MUCH different than Atkins. It teaches how to maintain, but not the same way Atkins does.

Thank you for the comment. Sorry it took me so long to repond.