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Runner/fitness instructor considering Whole30


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I run about 15-25 miles per week with long runs around 2 hours. I also teach two weight training classes, two Zumba classes and a cycling class each week. I am apprehensive about the Whole30 making it too difficult for me to teach my classes well. I can pretty easily coach the weights class or go down in my weights if low energy is a problem, cycling as well. But teaching Zumba is almost like a stage performance. You have to bring a ton of energy, smiles and face-to-face student interaction in class. As well as remembering the 15 or so routines you are teaching. I am not concerned about slogging through some runs. But I get paid to teach my classes and my students deserve a great class. So, I suppose my real question is....how hard will it be to still teach a good class going through my first Whole30?? Thanks!

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It depends upon how dependent you are on sugar for energy. People who live on sugar find the fat adaptation process painful and suffer a performance hit for several weeks even when eating a good volume of starchy veggies - Whole30 energy food.. Even if you don't eat a lot of sugar, but eat a lot of carbs from bread, pasta, etc., the transition can leave you sluggish. I suspect you could make it, but you would be unhappy for several weeks. 

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**part of my response below also relates to your other post***

 

I'm on Day 23 and the longest I have ran on my Whole30 is 8 miles-it was NOT my best   it did NOT feel good but it was 8 miles in the books. I had begin building up my mileage before I started, so decided to dial it down. Therefore, I cut my weekly miles down from 25-30 to 15-20 and then dropped my "long" runs down a mile each week(so last long run was only 6 miles-I drunk coconut water during the run, didn't feel the need for any other fuel)until I felt like my body was fueling off the fat instead of carbs. Almost like a reverse taper. I also lift 2 days a week, spin, and Pilates 1-2 days a week.  However, the past week & now I feel like "me" again, while no actually MUCH better!!! And I THOUGHT I was so heathy before...

I teach PE, coach bball, and personal train boot camps, small group PT sessions, and I train 2 high school kids along WITH my own workouts and having 2 lil ones and a hubby. My point, with such high physical demands I have survived & am now thriving on the Whole30! I'm so glad of this experience and plan to go further. 

It's WELL worth giving it a chance-what's 30 days?

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**part of my response below also relates to your other post***

 

I'm on Day 23 and the longest I have ran on my Whole30 is 8 miles-it was NOT my best   it did NOT feel good but it was 8 miles in the books. I had begin building up my mileage before I started, so decided to dial it down. Therefore, I cut my weekly miles down from 25-30 to 15-20 and then dropped my "long" runs down a mile each week(so last long run was only 6 miles-I drunk coconut water during the run, didn't feel the need for any other fuel)until I felt like my body was fueling off the fat instead of carbs. Almost like a reverse taper. I also lift 2 days a week, spin, and Pilates 1-2 days a week.  However, the past week & now I feel like "me" again, while no actually MUCH better!!! And I THOUGHT I was so heathy before...

I teach PE, coach bball, and personal train boot camps, small group PT sessions, and I train 2 high school kids along WITH my own workouts and having 2 lil ones and a hubby. My point, with such high physical demands I have survived & am now thriving on the Whole30! I'm so glad of this experience and plan to go further. 

It's WELL worth giving it a chance-what's 30 days?

I appreciate your input. It's very encouraging! I am still reading the book. My husband is 100% on board and really wants to do it, and my mother (who lives very closes and watches my kids often) wants to do Whole30 as well. So my support is there, but out there on the road, I'm on my own! We'll see!!
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