I began Whole 30 11 days ago! If you aren’t familiar with Whole 30 check out my last post. This week, I thought I would talk about how Whole 30 has affected my running.
The day I started Whole 30 was a Wednesday, so per usual, I headed to the gym after work to run.
I had a softball game later that night but was hoping to get my full run in.
Quick aside- I HAVE to chew gum when I run. It helps keep my mouth moist and it’s a habit that I have never been able to break, even through jaw issues and braces. The problem is I can’t have xylitol on Whole 30.
I started my run sans gum and didn’t feel too bad.
Fast forward to mile 3 and I was dying. I mean exhausted. So much so that I had to call it a day.
Would you believe that I attributed it to the lack of gum?!! I figured I would just try again tomorrow.
And so I did. With almost the same result. I made it an agonizing 4.50 miles.
Then it dawned on me- ummm no carbs=no running fuel!
I went on the whole 30 forum and typed in running fatigue.
Here’s just one example-
The term “carb flu” was a new one to me but trust me, it is a real thing! I am achy all over and have major leg fatigue etc.
Most people suggested that the running fatigue improved around day 14 and that incorporating more sweet potatoes and eating more starchy veggies (squash, zucchini, beets) would help.
Plus, I do body pump about 2x/week and while I feel fine during the class, my legs are shot for days after!!
All in all, I have been able to get my running distance/week in, but my speed has taken a major hit!
I so wanted to use this as an excuse to quit, but I just can’t give in after making a commitment to myself. I am just hoping that things improve.
Here’s to day 14!