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6/13/15 7:39 P

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Hi,
I thought about running that half. Life has changed for me with work and injuries and I don't think I can do it. I would love to though. My goal was to run the Yellowstone which was today but life got in the way about that one.
I don't know how to help you with the food issues/carbs sorry. It's something I need to figure out too as I gained weight when training for the half's I have done. Not the goal so next training plan has to get that under control.




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6/10/15 9:34 A

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The Perfect Food tube thing only works after a run...
Makes sure that she understands that part.

At first glance that seems like a lot of carbs for that number of calories even training for a HM. I've found for me that protein is a more important part of muscle repair and fuel. I average around 200 carbs a day on about the same calories with a lot of them coming in fresh veggies, homemade bread and honey (whole 'nother issue).

I'm running about 25 miles a week average with occasional forays to 60 when training hard.

But you have to figure out what works for you, your lifestyle and your health conditions. Part of the fun of the running life...

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6/10/15 8:29 A

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Thanks for the Encouragement and advise I will ease into this, and yes Bacon is the Perfect Food. I told my wife, who is the bacon lover extraordinaire, about rolling it to an 0 to have 0 calories and she said she would try it on a lb. of bacon. I told her I didn't think so.....

Started Training today 95 days to race day. Yesterday recalculated by tracker with new fitness goals it has me at 2030-2380 Cal and 254-298 carbs. The Carbs is the hard part, a big part of my health goals is to control my Diabetes. What I have done so far has been amazing for my Glucose Levels. They are near Normal with only 500mg of Metformin 2x a day. But I have been at 180 Carbs, carbs turn into sugar and more carbs is bad. I ate 1947 Cal and 223 Carbs yesterday and my sugar was up to 140 fasting this morning.

I need the carbs to support the training so this will be a learning exercise over the next month to balance everything. Going to increase my meds to offset the Extra Carbs, and hopefully the extra work will kick in and bring my sugar down naturally.

I hope there is another Diabetic Marathon Runner out there who also has to balance this.

Thanks for the Encouragement I need it.


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6/9/15 1:26 P

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Wow, great job, Mark! I struggle with eating the right number of calories as a runner, too. I was way calorie restricted and lost a ton of weight, but have basically plateaued entirely since I ran my first marathon. It's definitely a mental and emotional challenge to eat so many more calories than you should for weight loss. But trust me, if you don't, you will pay for it. You'll be cranky and tired and your running performance will suffer.

It's equally challenging to go back to calorie restriction once your training cycle is done, so be prepared for that too.

Good luck! Let us know if you have questions!

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6/9/15 11:00 A

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Mark:

That is totally awesome and incredible and a worthy goal! Congratulations on the weight loss! And especially the improvement in health, that's amazing in a year!

I would suggest just doing some easy things as you ramp up your mileage, like adding an egg or a couple of slices of the Perfect Food (bacon) at breakfast and a bit more lean protein at the other meals. It won't take much to boost your calorie intake. The extra protein will help with muscle repair during increased training. Just take it easy and don't jump up all at once.

With the progress you have made you don't want to go overboard and derail yourself. I find that I give myself excuses to eat a bunch of junk when I am training hard and end up with a 3500 calorie day (or two or three...).

On long run days you can eat a bit more. I think as you get up to 8-10 miles or so you will find that you don't have as much trouble eating enough on those days. I've found tracking my food in Spark Tracker really helps me notice the trends of where I am weak (minded) and where I need to eat more.

And of course, if your health professional/trainer/dietician tells you I am all wet listen to them and not me...

Good luck! I'll be pulling for you!

Eric

By the way, scientific fact: if you roll the Perfect Food in a tube shape before you eat it after a run there are no calories in it...



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Hello everyone,
Just decided to take on a 1/2 this year. July 2014, I was bad diabetic, Insulin the whole thing 300lbs. Today off 8 Meds - CPAP is packed up in the Closet, I am down 100 lbs. I ran my first 5K in January and a 10k in March. I am Going to train all summer to Run the Great Smoky Mountain 1/2 on September 12th. It is just South of Knoxville Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

I could use advice on Diet during Training. Historically I have not eaten enough, I am now on about 1600 Calories, I am thinking during this Training Season I will need to increase to 2000-2200. This will be a mental challenge for me to eat that much.

I run 3-4 miles three times a week now, and going to add an increasingly longer run on the weekend during this training period. I do intervals one day a week.

Look forward to being part of this team.

Thanks
Mark

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