It’s already Thursday and while I have been chatting here and there about my upcoming races, I haven’t gone into much detail!
I love a good 1/2 marathon! Training is doable, the distance is fun, there are no “walls” that are hit and it doesn’t suck the life and energy out of you. That being said, I am sure I will do another marathon one day!
When racing week is near I usually start obsessing over the weather 7-10 days out. I know that seems a bit extreme since we all know how often the weather can change, but I make a point to check it daily in the week leading up to the race!
Forturtunately, this Sunday looks great!! My next race is the North Shore 1/2 Marathon which is exactly two weeks from Sunday.
How have I been preparing for the race? Well, aside from the typical training and running I have been hydrating this week with extra coconut water and extra carbs.
I think what’s misleading about many of the “paleoish” diets is that people think it’s a carb free diet. In truth, I am getting plenty of carbs. I get crabs from fruit, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets and squash! There are plenty of carb options when are you are living a grain free lifestyle. My body isn’t craving rice, or pasta or anything like that because it’s getting what it needs from other sources.
I fuel my long runs with a couple of dates and Energy Bits! More on the bits tomorrow!
Did you know that dates contain both protein and amino acids?
The energy that is derived from dates is from the large amounts of Invert Sugars that the Medjool date contains. Invert sugars make up about 70-78% of the sugar content. It is easily absorbed and assimilated in the body and provides the body with energy within minutes after eating it. (Source.)
So no shot blocks, gels or other sources of sugar for me anymore! Dates are doing me just fine!
Have you ever tried them?
My biggest concern going into The 30 Clean challenge was racing and running. In fact, I’ve always been concerned about doing any type of sugar removal during the running season but it’s been painless and simple.
I will add that my body did go through a couple of days of “detox” last week and my legs were a bit heavier and my runs weren’t perfect but it passed rather quickly.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the next couple of weeks bring for me running wise. Food wise, I feel in control but we will see what happens on race day!
In case you missed my post yesterday, check out the great giveaway I have going on for some amazing paleo cookbooks!
Have you ever tried to remove sugars from your diet? What do you eat to help sustain yourself during long runs!