In the beginning the Paleo diet was not bad at all for my body. With my long runs topping out at about 10 miles, I would simply ‘carb load’ the night before by eating sweet potatoes for dinner. After my long runs, I would rehydrate with sparkling water (I have always struggled with post-run nausea) and have an all-natural hot dog for lunch to satisfy the salt craving.
Mile 4-5- Eat raisins
Mile 9-10- Gu chomps
Halfway- More raisins
Mile 16-18- Gu chomps
Mile 22-23- Gu chomps
I have trained drinking water throughout my long runs and so I will continue to drink water as I go. I don’t plan on switching to a sports drink throughout the race since the sweetness never sits well in my stomach. The continuation of carbohydrates throughout the race also help with ‘hitting the wall’ during a race. More on that tomorrow!
So what’s my plan for the remainder of the week? Sweet potatoes and bananas! I love sweet potatoes and so this will be easy for me to incorporate in most of my meals. The Addition of bananas will be slightly more difficult but with the addition of almond butter, the idea of housing a banana or two isn’t so bad- it becomes more like a vehicle for nut butter consumption.
If you’re new to running, or long distance training, I suggest you consult the articles below and also trusted veterans of road races. Nutrition is a KEY part of training and should not go un-thought-of.
Fueling before a run
How to plan to fuel during a run
Question of the day: How do you fuel for a race? What if you’re Paleo? Do you alter your eating habits for logging long miles?