I did it!! My first carb free marathon!
RE: I did it!! My first carb free marathon! , 07-26-2011 07:38 PM


Expert Low-Carber


@montmorency Don't know about coconut oil. Butter also has high levels of MCT.

I've always been tickled at the idea of running a marathon and stopping to eat a stick of butter while everyone stares!

Mackay Rippey

Has your weight loss stalled because your body clock is out of sync?
RE: I did it!! My first carb free marathon! , 08-05-2011 12:36 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


Other than eating a stick of butter <bleh>, how would you try to get some MCTs on the go? I enjoy running and low-carb, and would like to find something to help with 18+ mile runs where it feels like I run out of energy.

"Fortitudine Vincimus"



RE: I did it!! My first carb free marathon! , 08-08-2011 12:54 PM


Expert Low-Carber


You can buy pure MCT oil. Some high tech sport drinks include it as well.

Mackay Rippey

Has your weight loss stalled because your body clock is out of sync?
RE: I did it!! My first carb free marathon! , 09-27-2011 03:05 AM


Junior Low-Carber


I have been lurking on the forums for several months now. I finally created a username just to post on this thread!

While not a runner, I have been living low carb for six months. (Down 60 lbs, totally of all 6 of my T2 diabetes meds, blood tests this week all normal Hurrah!) My workout to this point have been in the nature of slow burn weight lifting.

My brother and sister in-law are both avid marathoners. They each run about 60 miles a week and do several marathons every year. But my brother is still obese, and she while fit is still heavier that she wants to be. I keep telling them to try low carb but they are completly indroctinated into the Must Carbo Load mode. I always think of zomies calling for BAINS when I hear that!

So what can I tell them? I mean other than reading these forums and my zeal, what is out there to help them? I did a lot of web searches and even posts on the paleo sites are saying you still need to carb-up to marathon. It is like the last claw hold of the old regime hanging on with a grip of death. Has there been any studies? Is any of the main stream running sites even talking about low carb marathoning? I'd like to get them eating right so that my brother doesn't dive off the metabolic deep end like I did. I expect he'd be there now if he hadn't delayed the problem by running. But even so, it is just a matter of time.
RE: I did it!! My first carb free marathon! , 10-04-2011 05:31 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


I haven't seen any mainstream running sites or magazines that support low-carb and marathon running. The convential wisdom among these sites is to do the carb loading because of the tremendous amount of calories burnt, followed up with more carbs on the run with things that are easily digestible (e.g., gels, gus, banannas, Cliff bars, etc.) to provide more energy.

"Fortitudine Vincimus"



 RE: I did it!! My first carb free marathon! , 11-25-2011 09:45 PM


Newbie Low-Carber


Just what I needed to read,a few years later,but congrates!!! I'm training for my first half right now,but I'm in the worlds of carb loaders and I feel I have to keep my mouth shut about the way I eat til I cross that finish line on no-carbs. It's nice to know It's not just me.
RE: I did it!! My first carb free marathon! , 07-28-2012 03:38 PM


Newbie Low-Carber



26.2 miles at an average 10:00 pace with NO CARBS and no carb-loading the day before. And no carb-replacement feast afterwards. I passed the Gu station, the banana station, the sorbet station, and dozens of struggling runners in the last miles. Such a great feeling! All marathons are hard at the end. I just happened to choose the brand of "hard" that doesn't include addiction, inflammation, glycation and a host of other health problems.

I feel like I just joined a teensy little club. It's open to all runners but they don't even believe it's possible. Well, look out running world, because no one can explain away what I did last weekend. No one can take this from me.

During the marathon expo, one of the speakers was a dietician who started her talk with a giant picture of the Food Pyramid. On and on she went, giving one piece of bad advice after another. I finally got up and left the room, thinking "I no longer belong to you, carb world. And tomorrow I'm going to prove it."

The next time someone tells you that you "just have to" eat carbs for cardio, or running, or whatever exercise you do, please remember me. And the next time you hear about a study where runners were compared to some population and shown to have some kind of health risk, remember they are eating carbs like there is no tomorrow. No one can study runners who don't poison their bodies with carbs all day long because there are just too few of us to get a statistically valid sample.

Thank you, Jimmy, for all the information and encouragement I've received from your site. Sometimes it was just a link in someone's post that led to another link and another -- ending at last with some story or data that gave me the confidence to skip that pre-marathon pasta party, or to order the Lamb Sirloin instead of fettucini after the race. My legs are recovering faster than ever before (having run many marathons on carbs), probably because they are getting such great nutrition and no inflammatory sugars.

Onward!!
Well I found this post inspirational. I have only been on the low carb diet for 5 weeks, but I have found it to be both effective and easy to follow. I finished a marathon yesterday and did it with no carbs. No carb loading phase, and no carbs afterwards. I was going to do what most marathon runners do and load up on carbs, but then I came across this post and changed my mind and decided to try it with no carbs... I don't usually run marathons (this is my second one), but I can say that my performance wasn't negatively effected because I didn't chug gatorade or some sugary supplement during the run. I wanted to see how my body reacted to this much running with no carbs, and I have to say that my performance was actually a little bit better that the first marathon I ran. When I ran it last year, I ate lots of pasta and carbs before, drank gatorade throughout the run, and ate more carbs afterwards. I know that physically I am in better shape than I was in a year ago, so it can be expected that my performance would increase a bit under identical circumstances. But if I had listened to most of the common knowledge I hear from runners, without carbs my performance should have taken a nose dive and I shouldn't have been able to finish... Based on this experience, I can say that my body can handle a strenuous activity like a marathon with no carbs. Training is what is important. The human body is resilient. Carbs are not what determines a good run.
RE: I did it!! My first carb free marathon! , 08-10-2012 05:20 AM


Junior Low-Carber


Holy thread revival.

But it is a great thread.

Dr Peter Attia says the only carb product he uses is a product called UCANN Super Starch. Dr Jeff Volek says it is revolutionary in the fact that it prevents insulin spikes with it's smooth constant delivery so it keeps a ketosis body in ketosis, adding a dual fuel effect of buring the UCANN carbs but still allowing the body to burn it's own fat stores...if I have that correct, that is. I'm certainly no scientist.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNr2JwJ6ARE

I've had more than enough energy on my 3-4 hr mtn bike rides while in ketosis.
RE: I did it!! My first carb free marathon! , 10-26-2012 09:21 PM


Newbie Low-Carber


Congrats. I recently read the art and science of low car performance. The guy who won the western states 100 mile trail run this year is a low carb guy who is doing that diet. The book says to eat fat rather than carbs for energy. I'm trying it with my triathlon training and having great results training long without bonking.