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.
FOOD: 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.
I 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 . . .