Running, Eating and Racing on The 30 Clean

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!

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13 Responses to Running, Eating and Racing on The 30 Clean

  1. Thanks for pointing out that the Paleo-ish diets don’t have to be carb-free! I’m not Paleo or really even close to it, but it sometimes irks me when people think you have to be virtually carb-free to do it … I do NOT think that would be sustainable for any athlete, especially distance runners! But you can get great carbs from fruits and veggies! Good luck at your race!
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  2. Kim says:

    Interesting about the dates!! I learned that my lack of fueling is going to be the limiting factor in every completing a 50 mile race – maybe I will try dates:)
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  3. I’ve fueled my runs with dates, honey, raisins and apricots, too. They all worked except that I did have the honey leak once. You must close bottles tightly!
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  4. Sounds like you’re rockin’ it! I’ve never used just dates as running fuel, but I have used date nut bars like LARABARS. I wonder if dried figs would have the same effect?
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  5. I’ve always been worried about that kind of diet and running as well, but you may have convinced me to try it. I have eliminated added sugar and sweets before, and you definitely go through a small detox period at the beginning where you feel terrible, but it pays off. Good luck at your race!
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  6. This weather has been terrible! I’m finding it so hard to train for anything!
    Good luck on your run!
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  7. Great points, Laura! I’ve cut out sugars and been fine for running but typically still consume whole grains (as in rice, oats, quinoa- not whole grain “products”). Glad you’re feeling so good!
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