Here’s a rundown of my journey so far (almost 12 weeks in)
Pre-Keto - running 4 miles, 3-4 times a week
First eeek Keto - Keto Flu kicked in, went to running 2 miles, 4 times a week.
Weeks 2-4 - each run got harder and harder until I could only fast walk the 2 miles.
Week 4-5 - started to feel better, but could only run 1-2 miles before my legs sarted to feel like jelly.
End of week 5 - ran a 5k I had signed up for pre Keto. It was hard, but I finished it.
Week 6 - was back up to 4 miles regularly
Week 7-9 - built up to 6 miles. Ran a 10k
Week 9-current - up to 7 miles. Signed up for 1/2 marathon end of August.
The thing I want to point out though is that on two occasions during this progression, I’ve had really bad run days. Like here I am feeling good about running two 6 mile days in one week and the next time I go out I hit a wall at 2 miles. I mean I could hardly find the energy to finish walking back. I just wanted to curl up on the curb. And my heart rate was through the roof during that particular run.
On these two days I knew I felt off when I woke up. I fed my electrolytes like crazy those days, so I have no explanation for why it happened. But they both occurred before I was completely fat adapted.
Since I’ve become fat adapted, I’ve not had this issue at all.
I would say at 6 week, you probability aren’t there yet. I hit it around week 9.
I would definately keep with it though. I’m finding it so much easier to complete my runs now than when I was pre-Keto. I’ve only done one other 1/2 marathon and I hated it. I hated training for it and said I would never do one again.
And here I am enjoying training for one now. Even thinking I may have to add a marathon to my bucket list.
I would ask, do you run fasted or fed? How are you dealing with your electrolytes?
I run fasted. Learned the hard way having even something small in my stomach that was high fat was a BAD idea.
I drink a ZipFizz about an hour before I run and I add a little salt to it. This helps my electrolytes and gives me an energy boost.