Saturday, May 17, 2014
Tomorrow is the Cleveland marathon and half marathon, and I am running it. I am actually looking forward to run. This will be my last longer run for some time, as I have a bike ride in about a month I need to focus on. I will be doing 24 hr of Booty raising money for the Livestrong foundation, and I have a lofty goal - when it comes to how far I want to ride.
Clearly one of the challenges will be the nutrition, and I realize my practice is not for everyone, but I feel I want to share - just to give some food for thoughts!!
Many of us are carboloading and using gels, sports drinks, blocks and so on during the event. I used to! My eating habit have changed completely, and contain very little carbohydrates (it's a little difficult to avoid carbs completely - or go extremely low carb, when your family subscribe to a more traditional diet).
I used to use the gels and then I changed in favor of maltodextrin in my drinking water because I felt the insulin and blood sugar levels did not fluctuate as much. I did a little research and started to phase out the gels. Interestingly enough I feel better, and I think it has to do with the fact that there are no blood glucose and insulin level spikes - it is all regulated by the body, and when you need more glycogen .... the body can manufacture it for you to use.
I know some people will vehemently disagree with me. However, it has worked for me - and I just want to share with you.