Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ketosis: Twenty Mile Run, No Carbs, and No Bonks!!!

It was AWESOME!!!  I just ran my first long run, 20 miles, while in ketosis and I didn’t Bonk! or even come close.  OMG – I was laughing about it the whole time.  It still amazes me, only  a few months ago, I would have taken 7-8 gels and would have had some kind of fancy drink in my bottles. It definitely wasn’t my fastest time, but it wasn’t that slow.  I averaged a 10:15 pace with a few hills here and there – 1,474 feet of gain. The trail is fairly groomed, maybe a typical Colorado technical trail. 

On top of that, the day was beautiful and there were tons of other runners.  I crossed paths a number of times with the same runners  One was definitely an ultra runner and the others were just out for a 3+ hour jog; it’s Colorado. 

HILLS: I still feel heavy in the legs on the hills and out of breath compared to pre–ketosis runs.  I am not in the best of shape, but it is not the same feeling – a bit weird.   Hills have always been my thing and now it seems to be my weakness.  I hope after I am fully “ketosis adapted,” I will attack them like I used to. 


My Ketogenic numbersFOOD:  As I recall, I only had a double shot espresso for breakfast prior to the run.    During, I drank lots of water – about 60oz over the 3.5 hours, but ate absolutely nothing.  The day before I stopped eating at 8pm, consuming only 1,680 calories with 31 Net Carbs.  I was very satisfied all day, just a little low on the veggies.  This brings up the fact that I am never hungry anymore and almost have to force myself to eat.  It is like a dieters dream.    

Lately, I have been treating myself to a sundae providing I keep my carbs low all day, Breyers Low Carb Ice Cream, two table spoons of healthy peanut butter, and a serving of Spanish peanuts. It is the bomb!  The ice cream has sugar alcohols and I have heard a lot of bad things about them, but nothing from reliable sources, so I keep eating away.

My-Ketogenic-PercentageI also stayed under my daily calorie goal – 1800.  And kept within my percentages of 70% – 20% – 10%.  I know others have different percentage setups, honestly I just picked a formula that was in the middle and not too extreme.  I need to do more research to make sure I am staying healthy, but I feel great, in fact better than great!

Let’s see how I feel tomorrow . . .


Jill said...

What is your goal on this diet? Do you plan to run an ultra carb-free?

Anonymous said...

Hey Jill . . . My main goal is to train my body to be more efficient fueling, I blame my heavy bonking on my super dependency on gels. I ate over 25 gels in my last fifty – not good. So yes and no and I don't know yet. I will experiment this winter with the fat ass series. Whether I go complete carbless???

Jill said...

Are you doing Leadville next year?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately no, I have a prior commitment. I will be running a harder race though . . . The year after for sure!

What fifty are you running next year? And are you running any of the Fat Ass races this winter?

Cindy Lampe-Clegg said...

I'm new to your blog so I apologize if you've answered this elsewhere. I am curious if you consume anything when you run? I run marathons and am just beginning to research the effects of running on a low carb diet. I'm thinking I've been duped all this time, believing those who say you have to carbo load. I have never been able to lose weight while training for marathons...probably too many carbs!!

I ran a 15 miler after only two days of low carb and low calorie eating. I honestly didn't know if I would be able to run that far given how little I had eaten. But it turned out to be one of my best runs in a very long time! Although at around mile 13 I started feeling hungry. I then consumed a little Perpetuem which has carbs, fat and protein. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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