It was 2014 and I felt tired. I was the heaviest I’ve ever been, not depressed but somewhat lethargic. I’ve never ever been that type of person. I was always very motivated and positive, so, I started working out. I love running and the feeling of exhaustion after a good hard run or workout. I started eating healthy and knocked off 20lbs. The problem was at the tail end of 2014 I moved and in early 2015 I changed jobs. I couldn’t keep up the workout grind.
So I set a goal, I’ll train for a marathon. In January I started training. Everything was going good, I was still heavier than I wanted to be, I wanted to lose another 20 lbs to get down to my weight when I was boxing. The problem is running won’t knock off the weight if you don’t change your diet.
My diet wasn’t bad, I just took in too many calories. Even for the long runs I’d find myself working very hard and eating a lot after, basically knocking calories off and immediately adding them back with the post run meal or snack.
I’ve been a huge fan of paleo and the diet has always been high fat low carbs but aside from making me healthy, my blood work came back great, it didn’t remove weight.
At some point in March 2016 I started to get plantar fasciitis and it hampered my marathon training. It got so bad I decided not to run. It was a real bummer, but after a few months I started running again and was back to improving my 5k time by 2 minutes from the previous year. The problem was my weight was still high.
I recently started training for a marathon in November and now I’m having some knee pain after longer runs. I decided I’m going to try the keto diet. This diet is basically keeping net carbs very low, capping protein intake, and eating a ton of high fat foods. The big downside for running on this diet is the switch from burning carbs as fuel to burning ketones. I’m not sure how my body will react. Initially I think it will be a hard transition, especially in the middle of training. But I need to cut my weight in order to relieve some of the stress on my body.
I intend to track my progress here over the next few weeks until race day on November 5th.