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  1. I'm in Jan 2! Looking for a support group, especially runners who are trying to complete the challenge and not totally have your training program messed up. Interested in hooking up with any type of runner for support whether you just run a couple times a week or daily - a runner is a runner. Done/tried the Whole30 several times, even once successfully - but did not really take the reintroduction seriously - going to do that this time. I am thinking sugar may contribute to my body aches. I have been spending the last couple of days at least cutting down on the sugar so it doesn't hit me quite as hard. Also need to work on cooking food, and eating more veggies are my long term goals. my story - I am a distance runner and this years running challenges include Jan half marathon (day 19 of Whole30 should be interesting), March birthday trail marathon, April trail 50k race, and August run/hike around Mont Blanc and possible an BQ attempt in December (finally old enough I have a slight chance)- so lots of training and have to be fueling my body better. Also doing Run the Year - 2019 miles which I will include running and walking/hiking. I would love to here about your running goals. (I am a total running geek).
  2. Im about halfway through my first whole 30 right now. I’m eating plenty of all the right foods suggested to be fueling my workouts as I’m training for a half marathon that is just a few days after I complete my Whole30. I strength train a few days a week and run a few. I ate fairly healthy and exercised regularly prior to beginning the whole 30. My issue is that I rarely have enough energy and motivation for a good workout. The instant I begin a run I feel drained and struggle to complete the run. I’m wondering if this could be a result of the whole 30 or something I’m doing wrong? I’m on day 16 and had hoped this would pass by now. I’m getting worried because now I haven’t gotten the proper training runs in that I should have by now. Any advice or suggestions as to why my energy levels have dipped so dramatically as I thought they would have picked up by now? Or any similar experiences? Thank you!
  3. I'm nearing the end of my second Whole30 and thought I would pass along three recommendations of good finds that helped fuel me during this round: 1) This breakfast casserole recipe from Nom Nom Paleo: I added unsweetened coconut milk in with the eggs. 2) These sweet potato/apple baby food pouches from Earth's Best: 3) Artisana almond butter pouches: good after workout, On my first round, I really struggled to find breakfast foods that fueled me for morning runs or workouts (OrangeTheory, Barre3). But I had much better luck this time!
  4. Bethany Lannon

    Any ultrarunners?

    Looking to possibly train for my first ultramarathon in December. I've done a couple full's and lots of half marathons, but as you can imagine, I'm used to the "carb-loading" aspects of training/long runs. I'm on day 14 of my first W30 and I want to maintain this type of lifestyle, so I'm starting to research now about fueling. I'm wondering if there are any ultrarunners on these forums who train for and fuel their long runs/ultramarathons in a paleo fashion? I would love to pick your brain about what you eat and when you eat in days before an ultra, night before (when the traditional carb load meal would take place), the morning of, and fuel for during your long runs/ultras and how you best approach your recovery meal(s). Thanks in advance!
  5. loser_bride

    Heart Rate During Whole 30

    I am currently on day 16 of my Whole 30 journey and following the program as exact as possible, poor fiance hates that I spend more time reading labels anymore.. I know there is a curve from going from sugar energy to fat adapted and I'm slowly getting my runs longer and faster, however I'm experiencing something new... My resting heart rate has dropped since starting Whole 30 from 65/67 to 59/60 but my running heart rate has jumped through the roof. Example: Resting heart rate today as 59, but my 4 mile run of a 9:35, 9:24, 9:14 and lastly 8:44 had my heart rate well above 155-172 at it's highest. Has anyone else experienced this before? I have done about 20 half marathons and am not new to running in any respect. The above times are significantly slower than I was running pre-Whole 30 but the heart rate has gotten higher. Really trying to get a grasp on this whole thing. Thanks so much for any and all advice!! I feel like I'm some anomaly at the moment.
  6. Just wondering if anyone out there has had this experience? I am an avid runner running 5 days/week 4-10 miles/day. I do a combo of speed work, recovery runs and long runs. I lift heavy 5 days/week. I may throw an occasional bike, swim or evening walk as well. I saw no difference in my running until yesterday (day 4). I was doing intervals and my legs would start burning with fatigue shortly into the accelerations. I was not able to finish the intervals and almost needed to walk the cool down. I went out for a recovery run today and had the same burning, dead wobbly feeling and needed to run/walk. I felt like I was at mile 24 of a marathon the whole entire 5 mile. An absolute shambles!! No energy left to lift today. My Question: Will this improve? I have read that it is normal to feel fatigued when exercising while your body gets used to using fat as fuel. How long does this last?? I'm not training for anything right now so it's not that big of a deal but I don't want to lose fitness either. HELP! ( I reviewed the meal template and my meals/pre work out/post work out are on target)
  7. Hi there! I just finished my first whole30, and am planning on sticking with this wholesome way of eating for a long time. I love it! However, I'm still trying to figure out how to fuel for long workouts. I'm very athletic, usually doing long cardio workouts 3-4 days a week, either cycling or running. My runs are usually somewhere between 4-10 miles, and my bike rides are typically between 30-50 miles. I'm training for a 13-mile Spartan Race in September. I also train a little bit with my college's cycling club, and compete in a few Women's C Collegiate Cycling competitions in the spring. So my question is, what does a day of food for paleo endurance athletes typically look like? Most of the discussions on this forum are about shorter, high-intensity workouts like crossfit or lifting. I do crossfit about 3 days per week, but I think I've figured out how to successfully fuel myself with protein and fat for that. But I've noticed that low-carb breakfasts make my morning rides and runs soooooo slow. So I'm really curious about ideal quantity of food, carb intake, and timing of meals for endurance training with a paleo diet. I read Paleo Diet for Athletes, which has some very good concepts, but Loren Cordain recommends using a lot of gels and sports drinks. I'm hoping to figure out how to have rides and runs as strong and fast as they used to be before going paleo, but without resorting to processed sports foods. Before going paleo, I'd normally eat toast and peanut butter before a long bike ride, and I'd eat gels and/or sports drinks (like Cytomax) during. Then typically a sandwich for lunch when I get back. But yesterday I went on a 33-mile (2.5 hour) ride in the morning, and here's what I ate throughout the day: 7am breakfast: 1 sweet potato, 2 poached eggs 8am bike ride. I filled my water bottles with 2/3 coconut water, 1/3 water, with a pinch of salt. At mile 20, I had a banana 11am post-workout snack: 1 sweet potato, ~4oz turkey 1pm lunch: ISWF curry (1/3cup coconut milk and curry paste) with ~8 oz roasted leg of lamb, 1/2 green pepper, and a sliced zucchini. 8 oz kombucha. 5pm snack: 2 large carrots, 1/2c macadamia nuts 7:30 dinner: ~8 oz chicken, 1cup green beans roasted in ghee, lettuce and tomato salad with ~2tbsp olive oil and balsamic vinagrette 9pm snack: 2cups berries This day was pretty successful for me; my energy levels were pretty solid throughout the entire ride. But man oh man, throughout this process of figuring out the whole paleo thing, I have had a lot of runs and rides that have left me insanely more fatigued than I ever felt before going paleo. So for all you other endurance athletes out there, what do you eat? How do you fuel yourselves before, during, and after workouts, and throughout your entire day? Is it possible to be purely paleo and have just as much energy as you would with gu, cytomax, powerbars, toast, pasta, etc?
  8. I'm nearly done with my first Whole30 and beginning reintroduction on Friday. The guidance says not to plan anything important during the first week of reintroduction, if you're following the legumes/non-gluten/dairy/gluten schedule with 2-3 days off between each food reintroduction. So my question is, how slow should I roll in light of the fact that I have a half marathon 9 days into reintroduction? I'm thinking dairy and gluten should wait until after the race, but if I pick one of the other groups to add in pre-race, would I be safer trying legumes, or gluten-free grains? Or should I wait on both? Go ahead and add both, since I have (in theory) enough time to recover if it goes sideways? For background, I'm mainly hoping to identify any links between food and my fibromyalgia, anxiety, and general energy levels. I plan to start reintroduction with gluten-free alcohol and relaxing on added sugar paranoia (not trying to add in sugar, just not going to freak out if I accidentally pour marinara with sugar on my breakfast hash instead of salsa. Because that happened and I has to toss half my breakfast - luckily I realized before taking a bite!). I really miss beans and legumes (not a meat fan), but don't want to add them too close to the race if there's a risk I might suffer.
  9. Today is day 6 and I've read on here how running ability can suffer. Well I just found that out! I tried to do a 15 mile run, I made it 9.2 walking a lot! I'm not a fast runner anyway but I added 1-4 minutes to my miles having to walk or just going really slow. I had no energy. I ate a compliant Lara bar at mile 5 which helped for a little bit but I don't like eating like that while exercising. I've heard Nuun is compliant so I may try that next time. How long does it take for endurance to come back? Also, this is my second while 30. The first time I wasn't running but I was doing Crossfit. That time my performance increased and I make great gains! What is different?
  10. I am on Day 28 and have been feeling good. Almost a week ago I decided to start paying attention to how many carbs I am eating and trying to choose low carb veggie and fruit selections. I've adjusted my macros to 10% carb, 30% protein and 70% fat. I've been feeling good! But today I tried to do a long run (20 miles) and felt like I was back at the beginning of the Whole 30 with no energy in my run and I got leg cramps. I only made it 12.5 miles. I had managed to get my runs back and felt good during a 15 mile run two weeks ago but I ate sweet potato the day prior and now I'm avoiding high carb veggies like sweet potato and squash. I've been told that you do not get fat adapted on a whole 30 diet because you still consume a high number of carbs through the starchy veggies and fruit. Is this true??
  11. I am on day 2 of my second whole 30. My first was several years ago. I started this one because I have gotten back into a bad rut of unhealthy eating habits and have not been exercising like I should. I have run 3 half marathons in the past year and have my first full marathon coming up at the end of February. I had not even thought about how this Whole 30 would effect my training! Part of my problem is that I haven't been training and now I'm on an 8 week plan to get my miles in. I won't be doing the Whole 30 on race day, I'll be reintroducing things by then, but I will be for most of my training. I think eating sweet potatoes the day before long runs will be key for me but I hadn't even thought about race snacks. I currently eat a pureed applesauce pouch but I'm sure it's not compliant. I've read on here that a few people have found compliant electrolyte mixes and pouches, would you please share what they are? Can I buy them on Amazon?? Hearing that everyone's times are much slower while on the Whole 30 is a bit discouraging! I'm not a fast runner by any means but I do have a time goal in mind for my runs. I'm slower than I have been in the past right now due to not running for a while but I was hoping that would get better as I get back into it, however, it doesn't sound like that will happen while doing the Whole 30. Has anyone out there increased time while on a Whole30? During my last Whole30 I wasn't running but I was doing a lot of weight lifting and I got a lot stronger during my Whole30 so I was hoping to have the same positive effect this time. I appreciate any input, have a great day!
  12. Alright. This might be long, so I really appreciate in advance anyone reading and responding! I'm planning to start my (second attempt at) Whole 30 on July 6 - next Wednesday. I have a trip to Las Vegas this weekend to visit family and have decided I'm not going to attempt it while traveling (which is what derailed my first try three years ago, ack), so afterward it is! I'm feeling pretty good and fired up about it for a number of reasons, but a couple things have me pretty nervous.. I'm also going to be starting marathon training on the same day. This isn't my first marathon (and I've been running for about 3 years now), so I've been through the training and the ins-and-outs before, but this will be a new experience coupling it with a W30 and I'm growing kind of anxious about my runs suffering as a result while I adapt. During my last marathon training cycle (which was also my first), as my mileage peaked, I wasn't eating enough carbs during the week (and probably not enough calories in general) and my body got really out of whack - I actually lost my menstrual cycles for 3 months, *gained* 5 pounds, and basically had a whole host of hormonal problems that have finally started to sort themselves out this month. Because of that, I'm maybe overly cautious about food intake, macros, etc... I don't count calories or macros, but I try to be mindful of them, especially now. I already eat mostly paleo/grain free because through trial and error over the years I've found that way of eating agrees with my system the most, but previously I'd consume white rice the day before a long run or race, and I'd also enjoy a few alcoholic drinks on weekends, or small amounts of dark chocolate every so often (and very occasionally I'd splurge and eat something like a donut or a sandwich with 'regular' bread and almost always end up regretting it). I also used Honey Stinger gels and coconut water with a pinch of salt as fuel on LR's, too. Basically, I already eat pretty well so W30 isn't going to be a total shock to my system, but I am definitely a carb dependent athlete. I've been interested in becoming fat adapted but have always been too skittish to commit to it, knowing that it can take several weeks to transition. I've also been scared off fat-adapting by all the talk on conventional running forums, too. Also, I'm struggling to sort out fitting pre-WO and post-WO food into my schedule... I don't run at the exact same time every day due to my own variable schedule, but I always run in the mornings. Sometimes I'll run fasted first thing, but usually I'll at least eat a banana and a boiled egg (plus coffee!) before a run, or a bowl of chia pudding with berries on top, which I count as my breakfast. After my run, if it was longer than 4-5 miles, I usually eat a snack to stave off the "runger" until I can get to a proper lunch. Basically I'd love to hear from other endurance runners/marathoners about how they fit W30 into their training cycles. I figure that if I want to do this anytime soon, now is the best time as opposed to later in my training when mileage is higher, or waiting until after the race (Portland Marathon! in October) as the holidays are approaching. How do you know when to respect the fatigue and take a rest day, versus pushing through it? I have a tendency to over-train because I'm stubborn and sometimes ignore my body's signals when it's nagging me to back off... but at the same time, marathon training is a thing, and I need to stick with it. Am I crazy? Over analyzing? Any other crazy, overly analytical Whole 30'ers to commiserate with me? Thanks, y'all
  13. I'm on day 13 and have only run a few times since starting Whole30, but my muscles ache (legs and arms) when I do. They feel like lead and I'm not sure why. Is it a protein issue? I ran a half marathon at the beginning of June and now can barely complete 3 miles (since doing Whole30). Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
  14. Hi! I'm Chellie, and I am finishing up my second Whole30 (had a day 10 fail back in January). I've discovered that the forum is really great for my accountability, so this is my new home! I'm short on time right now, so I'll do more "bio" later. I am currently training for a half-marathon at the end of the month and two triathlons (one mini-sprint, one sprint distance) this summer. My topics here will center on food choices, carting kids to sports practices, training successes and failures, and other general life stuff. Chime in! Join the fun! I'm feeling the tiger blood and wearing a tight shirt that didn't fit 30 days ago, so help me keep it going!
  15. Hi I was hoping someone here will have some good advice =) I'm 5'2" 112 lb. work out 5x/wk in general (tho I have a desk job so most of the day i don't do much). Not much weight to lose but I was in best shape around 108 lb. a year ago. Currently I do heavy-ish Weight training 3x a week (anaerobic), and ~3x running (4-6miles) but I am having a hard time keeping up with the running... I was hitting 8:40min/mile before W30 but 2 weeks into it I could barely hold 9min/mile without feeling like death. Weight training doesn't feel too bad however. tho I have yet to attempting 1RM or anything that pushes me TOO hard. I've completed 1 round of W30 before during an hip stress fracture injury last July and I felt great that time since I was on crutches and basically have zero workout. didn't lose weight but i felt great after whole30 (107lb. before and after) I am still tinkering with carb/fat/protein ratio and looked into a more keto + whole30 since I'd like to switch to fat burning and improve endurance during workout... but so far it feels the opposite. I am not too lethargic day to day but aerobic exercises is seriously suffering. I read alot about how the first 2 weeks of switching HCLF to LCHF will take awhile to adapt..but just curious if theres any other issues i'm not catching since I don't feel this is getting better. Also I've always been eating pretty healthy..doing W30 mostly to kick the snacking habit and sugar cravings that gets out of hand especially after holiday seasons... hah ..just wish my athletic performance wasn't suffering too much. I FEEL like i am eating enough (~1700cal/day), mostly low carb but higher on run days. I don't feel starved most of the time tho I do have carb craving (not sure if its mental or physical). Thanks for any tips and advice =)
  16. I am on day 22 of my first Whole30 adventure, and I am still struggling with my lack of energy for workouts. I am in my early 20s and an avid runner. Prior to doing Whole30, I was running about 6-7 miles three times a week and 4-5 miles four times a week without a problem. Now, I struggle to get motivated to run in the morning due to my lack of energy before and during workouts. I am lucky if I make it to 4 miles now. I usually tap out around 3. I can feel my legs working more-so than they used to. It feels as if I am wearing cement shoes and exert as much energy running 3 miles as I did running 6-7. This is what has been the most frustrating for me. I understand the timeline of reaching "Tiger Blood" (if you do achieve that) varies for most people, but I ate fairly cleanly before starting this program. I feel as if Whole30 has zapped my exercise drive. Any insight into why this might be would be a huge help. I have pasted what the past couple days of meals have been for me. I will be honest and say that I struggle with thinking I am eating too much for what I exert. I don't cut my portions by any means and eat until I am full. Thank you for your time and I appreciate any insight. Meals: Day 1: Wake up and run 3-4 miles. (I have attempted eating beforehand (with various Pre-WO meal suggestions) but have experienced indigestion and other stomach issues if I do.) M1 (w/in 30 minutes of running): 2 eggs (cooked w/o oil), 1/2 an avocado, 1.5 cups of blackberries + raspberries M2: Grilled Chicken Breast (just paprika on it), 1.5 Cups of roasted butternut squash (w/ Coconut oil), 1.5 cups of roasted Kale (w/ Coconut Oil), Pink Lady Apple M3: 2 palm-sized serving of liver and onions (w/fig, carrot, + pork belly compote), 2 cups butternut squash (coconut oil), 1/2 avocado, handful of raw almonds Water: about 40oz. (know I can work to drink more) Day 2: Wake up and run 3-4 miles M1: 2 eggs, 1/2 avocado, medium naval orange, handful of cashews M2: 1.5 Palm-sized serving of liver and onion leftovers, 1 cup butternut squash M3: 4 salmon cakes (w/ sweet potato mash included in them), 2 cups of roasted kale, 2 cups of roasted beets, handful of cashews, 4 dried figs Day 3: Wake up and run 3-4 miles M1: 2 eggs, 1/2 avocado, 2 cups mixed berries M2: 4 salmon cakes, 2 cups roasted sweet potato, 2 cups sauteed cabbage M3: 1 orange chicken breast, 2.5 cups steamed Spaghetti Squash, handful of cashews, 1/5 cups sauteed kale Thank you for your time.
  17. Hi, I'm on day 7 of my whole30 and feel progressively worse everyday. I started for 2 reasons - 1. I have ulcerative colitus, and am looking for a way to control it though diet and 2. though years of flares, I've become overly reliant on carbs and sugar for energy - time I've spent feeling so unwell that the only thing that appeals is jelly on toast, and I think that's had a psychological effect on my 'need' for carbs and sugar. (Worth noting, though, that I was no flaring when I started). But I just feel awful and so frustrated. I'm training for a marathon, and I suck at running since I started. I feel constantly light headed and sick, and because nothing else appeals I'm eating too many nuts and dried fruit (I know, I know - tell me how to stop). My stomach feels almost as bad as when I'm having a UC flare, and I look about 5 months pregnant. Plus, I live in Greece i.e. carb and legume heaven. It is *so* hard to find complient food here - and I cannot get my hands on a sweet potato no matter how hard I look. (On the plus side, incredible olive oil!!) I'm searching for some tips, some encouragement, reasssurance that I'll feel better soon, because I am so close to just throwing in the towel, eating some jam and bread and actually being able to enjoy my long run today... Thanks all.
  18. Background: First W30 completed July 21. Weaned my 14 month old towards the end of June. Began training for a marathon June 28th. Life Before Whole 30: I ate what I thought was healthy...a lot of fruits and veggies but also relied heavily on grains! I was a carb addict, partly because I thought that was what I needed to improve my running performance. I ran my first half-marathon in April and averaged 15-20 miles per week. Problem: During the W30 challenge I noticed my pants were falling off of me..woohoo a NSV! However, I seemed to have developed a "mummy tummy" and almost look like I'm 3 months pregnant again. I did full body measurements and there was really no change there either, which seemed odd. Full disclosure--I have not done well with the no snacking and have found myself reaching for the nuts and raisins a little too often. Typical day: 6-8h of sleep. I run early in the morning, usually by 7:00am, averaging 15-20 miles per week. M1: 3 eggs unless it's a long run day, I usually eat a hard boiled egg with some guac. Post run I'll have protein and sweet potato or butternut squash. M2: a salad filled with veggies and some form of protein, M3: protein and veggies Has anyone had a similar experience? I'm not sure whether to attribute the weight gain to weaning, or diastis recti, or training, or snacking or if I need to shoot for a Whole 60 instead.
  19. I'm currently on Day 13 and feeling good about meals and energy in general. But it is impossible for me to run my morning workouts at the paces I should be nailing. This morning I did track work and I was sooooo slow, but I thought I was going fast. It was too dark to see my watch, but the data showed that my heart rate correctly reflected my perceived effort, however I was running about 1 min/mile slower than I should have been. Per earlier advice, I have been eating a boiled egg and a date prior to workout, even though I have no appetite that early in the morning. When I get home I have 3 eggs with homemade pesto (no cheese), sweet potato, and greens. Lunch is usually a hearty beef stew packed with root veggies, apple and home roasted sunflower seeds if needed. Dinner has been substantial - last night was 2 chicken thighs, a lot of veggie stir-fry with sausage, and cauli-squash mash. I was stuffed. I know I'm getting enough to eat because I am normally a huge eater and never stop thinking about food. On the Whole 30, however, I tend to know when I'm hungry and when I'm not. That said, I have been eating a little more than I'm hungry for just to insure that I have enough calories for my 1.5 hour daily run/workout. My half marathon will fall on day 17 of the diet. I'm not terribly concerned about my finish time, but I don't want to be a slug either. I'm training for Boston Marathon, which is in April, and was hoping to dial in a healthy training diet for peak performance for that date. My diet plan leading up to day 17 will include increasing starchy veggies. On race day I'm not sure what to eat. I was thinking maybe 2 eggs and a banana, and then bring dates as fuel. Suggestions from anyone with successful Whole30 race-fuel ideas are much appreciated.
  20. Hi - I am currently on day 24 and have been experiencing bouts of hunger and being lightheaded for the past two days. I should preface this by saying I ran my first 10k on Monday after following the Hal Higdon training program - I felt amazing during the run! Huge non-scale victory! After the first week I haven't needed morning snacks, so it was a bit of a surprise when I couldn't manage to make it from breakfast to lunch without eating the past two days. I was borderline nauseous and have gotten lightheaded upon standing. Here are my meals since Monday: Monday M1: 2 eggs, 1 cup sweet potato hash, 1/2 cup spinach, handful of mushrooms, and 1/2 of an avocado. 1 cup of coffee with 1-2 Tbsp of coconut milk Pre Race: None (with the exception of 6am Orange Theory workouts - all training has been w/o a pre wo meal) Post Race: Banana, Sunflower Butter, RxBar M2: 1/4 lb of ground turkey, 1 cup of pasta sauce from the book, and 2 cups of spaghetti squash M3: 1/4 lb of ground turkey, 1 cup of pasta sauce from the book, and 2 cups of spaghetti squash Tuesday M1: 2 eggs, 1 cup sweet potato hash, 1/2 cup spinach, handful of mushrooms, and 1/2 of an avocado. 1 cup of coffee with 1-2 Tbsp of coconut milk Snack: RxBar M2: 1/4 lb of ground turkey, 1 cup of pasta sauce from the book, and 2 cups of spaghetti squash M3: Coconut Chicken from the book over cauliflower rice - the chicken was palm sized & the "rice" was essentially 1/2 of a head of cauliflower Wednesday M1: 2 eggs, 1 cup sweet potato hash, 1/2 cup spinach, handful of mushrooms, and 1/2 of an avocado. 1 cup of coffee with 1-2 Tbsp of coconut milk Snack: RxBar M2: Coconut Chicken from the book over cauliflower rice - the chicken was palm sized & the "rice" was essentially 1/2 of a head of cauliflower M3: Coconut Chicken from the book over cauliflower rice - the chicken was palm sized & the "rice" was essentially 1/2 of a head of cauliflower This is honestly the "worst" I have felt on W30 - after week one I have been loving life! I am trying to figure out if this is food related or run related. Post W30 I plan to continue to eat this way, with a few "off plan" foods sprinkled in - I also plan to run a 1/2 marathon. Any suggestions on how to avoid this going forward would be great! Thanks!
  21. Hi All, I run in the morning - straight after I had a glass of water, a cup of coffee and did my physio mobility / strength exercises. My exercises are low key, followed by one of the following runs - I am still not alowed to run continuously after an injury (plus warm-up 1k, cool down 1k): 15x100m technique 4x1600m 10min / 7min / 4min 30x1min 30min easy run I trained for triathlons before I got injured, so I never feel like I really need to fuel for these short sessions, but I am happy to learn more. I feel fine during the runs and I have breakfast within the hour after. If I need to eat - what are some options? I really don't feel like a hard boiled egg and was always more the banana + nut butter type. Help would be uch appreciated Happy running!
  22. Pre-Whole30 I was still getting back into shape with running, doing 10.5 min-miles with average heart rate between 145-150. Yesterday and today my workouts were awful, I'm sure it's because of reduced blood sugar. Doing 12 (!) min-miles with average heart rate 150-155 and felt like I was going to die. Wondering why my heart is working harder, is it because it has to pump more blood since the blood sugar is lower? Suggestions, please? Day 3 breakfast 2 eggs 1 banana 1 smoothie - (spinach, pineapple, pear, maca powder) - I know these are not recommended, but did to raise blood sugar before running lunch 1/2 avocado 3 oz. turkey breast 1/2 c. cauliflower 1 cup romaine lettuce 1/4 c. homemade salsa 6 cashews snack 12 cashews sugar snap peas with sunshine sauce (sunflower butter and coconut milk, primarily) dinner 4 oz. tuna steak asparagus 1 c. strawberries Day 4 (today) breakfast sweet potato quiche (sweet potato + eggs) 1 smoothie (spinach, pineapple, blackberries, nut mixture) - again to raise blood sugar before working out
  23. My wife and I have done one whole30 so far in January-February of 2014. We rant and rave to who ever we can about how amazing it was. The benefits we experienced physically, mentally and hormonally were life changing. We vowed, then and there, to do at least one per year until we die! We recently made the decision to thru hike the Appalachian Trail starting in March of 2015, something we have wanted to do for many years and want to accomplish before starting a family. It is about 2,200 miles long starting in Georgia and ending in Maine. Typically you're burning about 3000-6000 calories per day when hiking through the Appalachian Mountains as the terrain can change drastically from flat to straight up a mountain very quickly. If you are thru hiking you will likely be on the trail for 5-6 months with a few "Zero" days (days off from hiking) every month for stopping in towns for resupplying your pack, doing laundry, etc... The typical hiker's diet on the trail is about as far from whole30 as you can possibly get, consisting of easily prepared, cheap and lightweight meals that are basically carbohydrate bombs. Things like mashed potato packets, ramen noodles, pasta sides, dehydrated prepared meals, peanut butter, tortillas and snickers bars are in most thru hikers packs... Woof. After first-hand experience of noticing more mobility and less inflammation when cutting out grain, sugar, dairy, etc. while on the whole30, I cringe at the thought of feeding my body that type of stuff AND expecting TOP performance, putting in 15-25 miles per day for 5 months. Now, we're obviously not going to be able to do any sort of whole30 while backpacking. I know this. I highly doubt that some of these small Appalachian towns have grass fed or organic anything. That being said, we want to stay as healthy as possible while on the trail and we plan to send ourselves "mail drops" along the way every week or 2 with stuff that would be impossible to find anywhere out there. I would love to hear suggestions of healthier options that would be light, packable, and could possibly last up to 3-7 days on our backs.
  24. Hi everyone, My story is a bit long and likely not completely typical, but here are the basics: - I am 48 years old - I need to lose over 100 pounds - I used to be relatively athletic and would like to be again I am committing to the Whole 30. It will prove whether or not I am truly ready to change the rest of my life.
  25. Runners - what do you eat *during* long training runs? This is my first day of Whole 30 and my half-marathon training mileage is starting to climb. Feeling intimidated - first long run is in 2 days. What are good substitutes for gu, shot blocks, etc? Easier to carry is better. I don't have a whole lot of room in my race belt to go lugging a sweet potato around with me. Thanks!