Billy and I are always wanting to research more about little things we can try in our training to help us to be better runners. Runners World (July 2012) has an article about a way that they believe may help you to step up your game (**note don’t worry mom and my doctor brother, I will not be trying anything crazy while pregnant…this is for when I am back to racing again. I have to include warnings like that or else 1/2 my family will be calling worried I have gone crazy 5 minutes after the post goes up).
The idea behind running on ‘E’
-Your body uses carbs as its main source of energy for fuel.
-You can store enough carbs/fuel for your body to use for 90 minutes of intense exercise.
-“Training in a carb-depleted state helps the muscles adapt to burning more fat and boosts your body’s capacity for stored carbohydrates by as much as 50%.”
How to ‘drain the tank’
-Run before you eat breakfast in the morning after a 10 hour fast.
-Do a hard workout in the morning and then run in the afternoon too without eating in between.
Make sure to refuel as soon as you finish your run and this is not something to do all of the time.
To me this makes sense. Maybe not something I would do often but every now and then why not? I love it when I have runs throughout my training cycle that are WAY HARDER than what the race conditions are going to be (i.e. hills, crazy weather, not the ideal week of sleep etc) because then when race day comes you feel like it is SO much easier. You know that you got through harder training sessions and so mentally you are rearing to go. If this trains your body to use fuel more efficiently then why not?!
If you have trained your body to get through a workout with less than ideal situations (running on fumes) just imagine what you can do when you are fully carb loaded. “Train Low, Race High”
****I just wanted to post and talk about this in terms of helping you train to be a better more efficient runner, this method is not for weight loss. You are still eating the same amount of calories with this training idea but just at different times:)
During the NBA Playoffs my parents get the wonderful pleasure and honor to have us over even more often than normally to watch the games. The first thing I do when I get there is check out the fridge contents. It was meant to be that we went over last night because I was the first to open the fridge after her trip to Costco just a few hours earlier.
I almost cried when I saw this.
I cannot justify the $8 price tag for their perfectly cut up pineapple because it would be gone in less than 20 hours but my parents can (as long as I am not counted into this equation) because this could last them a WEEK?!?!
I haven’t stopped thinking about the pizza from Monday night and so I had the exact same thing last night too.
And now as I am typing this I am writing down a pros and cons list of each different dessert option in my parent’s freezer. So far I can’t come up with any cons so I guess that means one of everything.
PS Utahns….get excited:)
How much money do you spend a week or month on produce?
-Probably $12 a week.
Do you ever run on empty? What do you think of this theory of training when your body is low on carbs?
Just wondering… Any readers FROM or LIVING IN UTAH? What part?
What was your dessert last night?