Hi all - greeting from Copenhagen, Denmark…
I’m planning to run Copenhagen Marathon in about 3 weeks and would so much like to get some advice and thoughts on how to get about it from now and until race day.
I’m 54 years old, 6 ft hight and my Garmin weight currently says 165 lbs.
I have been running on a regular basis for +25 years and been doing marathons since 92 so I guess that you could call me an experienced runner.
Here in 2019 I’ve started the year with doing a lot of running and decided to push hard on endurance training for the first 3 months and then increase intervals/fartleg for 4-6 weeks leading up to the race and then slowing down a couple of weeks prior to race.
Fast forward to start of April. After 5 days of recovery where I indulged in anything related to sugar (candy, cakes, soda and so on) I ran into an old friend that I’ve not seen for maybe 5 years and I was really surprised to see how much weight she had lost (plus 60 lbs in 2 years). She had been struggling to loose weight for the last 10 years and had finally been able to to this by turning here attention to LCHF/Keto. The meeting got me curious on all the benefits she mentioned and got me thinking if I could benefit from this as well so I decided to give it a try as well.
Today I’ve been on my first LCHF/Keto diet for 14 days and so fare it’s been an interesting journey.
Since day one I’ve lost 10 lbs which to me is quite a lot. My fluid % have interestinly gone up from initial 61,4 % to 64,6 % this morning so I guess my hydration is okay. BMI was initially 23,5 and today is says 22,1. I’m trying to balance my intake to 70/20/10 (fat/protein/carb) to try to get into ketosis as soon as possible. After 10 days I think I was hit with the Keto flue. Energy level is fine. The BIG change I’ve experienced so fare has been in my running. Started running again day 3 into the diet and was really surprised to experience how tired my legs felt.
So to make a long story short (sorry for long intro) my assumption is that if I stick to my new diet my running performance and recovery will gradually improve again when my body has adapted to fuel on fat instead of sugar…? The thing is that I would really like to stay on my new diet and not carb load like I’ved been used to. My racetime is normally about 4 hours and I don’t care if my first ‘Keto Marathon’ will be slower…