Run Your Own Race
Runners world quotes up to 50% of all runners will suffer GI distress! That is half the field not only pushing their bodies and minds to achieve a major physical achievement but at the same time, struggling with gut issues, vomiting, cramps, and more. It’s a wonder, anyone, toes the line on race day!
Trying to cram as many grams of carbs into your stomach as possible while running is thought to be ‘the way things are’ and the inevitable case of GI distress just “goes with the territory”. This doesn’t need to be the case.
You don’t need to start pounding back the bowls of pasta, rice with extra serves of bread all day in the lead up to race day. The feeling of being overfull, yet at the same time always hungry shouldn’t be the norm. The rock hard feeling at the bottom of your stomach and unquenchable thirst after a race is not just part of racing. There is a better way to do things!
If this sounds like your race prep and race day you might want to consider a different way. The common understanding of we need carbs to fuel performance is misguided and terribly overstated. While carbohydrate is a fundamental fuel source and important to achieving athletic performance, the use and reliance of fat as the primary fuel supply is now starting to be better understood, and the athletes young and old, fast and cruisy are all finding running does not need to closely associated to gut issues and cramps.
Reducing daily dietary carb intake allows the body to increase its capacity to use fat as a primary fuel source. This, in turn, allows the body to become efficient enough to turn fat, both ingested and stored, into ketones to support activity. “Hitting the wall” is all too well known amongst runners, who have felt the feeling of depleting energy and ultimately your legs turning to little more than overcooked spaghetti. The reason this happens is you can’t convert enough sugar through the gut to support the demand of glucose required to keep moving.
Switching to a Keto based daily plan by reducing (not eliminating carbs) removes the total reliance of all your fuel requirements needing to be consumed. Training your body to use fat and carbs in that order will mean needing to eat fewer carbs, and rely more on fats for energy. This transition makes your body carbohydrate sparing keeping more glucose available for when you really need it, like closing a gap, cresting a steep climb, or sprinting from the win. This is known as being metabolically flexible, the ability to use both carbs and fats interchangeably, and is setting the modern athlete apart.
Imagine setting getting to the line of your next big event, feeling light, alert, and with no fear of cramps, gut distress, or hitting the wall and no need to carry two handfuls of sugary gels with you.
Time to check out what’s going on with a keto athlete approach?