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Experiencing the “Keto Krash” …

Remember how, when I started this diet, I said that I didn’t know what I was doing? Yeaaaaaah — last Saturday — I had NO idea what I was doing. While running the Run Elevated Half Marathon down Little Cottonwood here in Salt Lake, I totally crashed.

Not the kind of crash where you fall down scrape your knees and whatnot, but physically, mentally and emotionally — CRASHED. It took me almost over a half hour to finish the last miles. It was bad.

But, luckily for you, I am alive and able to blog about my experience. Not to mention to share a few things I learned from my experience, that I will be doing differently this weekend at the Nebo Half.

So let’s start off by identifying what I did wrong …

  • I didn’t fuel properly for this phase of my diet. I focused on drinking electrolytes the night before and morning of the race, but that wasn’t enough. I mainly fueled with fats and protein.
  • I don’t think I ate enough food in the morning — I ate some turkey and cheese, some hardboiled eggs, dill pickles and couple slices of pork I cooked the night before. That seems like quite a bit of food, but it wasn’t and I felt that fairly early in my race.
  • I ate two hardboiled eggs a half hour before gun time. This didn’t settle well on my stomach and gave me some unpleasant gas. I felt sorry for the downwinders. It was a bad decision all around for me.
  • I didn’t properly refuel with electrolytes during the race. I started taking sips of Gatorade, but to avoid the extra sugar I focused on hydrating with more water. It’s no wonder I crashed at Mile 11 with this game plan.
  • And, lastly, I didn’t research enough of what I should have done for the half having just started this diet.

Here’s what I probably should have done …

  • I should have slightly spiked my carbs before the race — like a half banana, half an orange or some kind of carb-filled fruit. Nothing processed, but a whole food.
  • I should have run with my applesauce packets I am accustomed to running with lately. Each packet has about 13 grams of carbs and if I sipped this throughout the run it would have helped me a lot in the middle of the run.
  • I should have packed my own Powerade Zero to drink throughout the run. If I was so worried about the sugar — there’s an easy solution to that problem.
  • I should have read and researched more — and not been so stubborn in not allowing myself to eat a few extra carbs right before and during the run.

And, finally, here’s what I am planning on doing differently this weekend during the Nebo Half …

  • I am going to read more about what I should doing to avoid a crash during a run while on a keto diet. That’s a must. I need to avoid that as my #1 goal for this weekend’s race.
  • I am going to eat a half banana about 10-15 minutes before the race — just to give myself the jump of energy.
  • I am going to run with two applesauce packets. I am going to sip from one as long as I need to, keeping the second as a backup plan.
  • I am going to bring my own Powerade Zero — either on my waste or on a hydration pack. I haven’t decided yet — I kinda hate both — so it might be a game time decision which one I go with. But, it might be the backpack, belts make me feel weird.
  • I am not going to eat hardboiled eggs before my run, but I will load up some peanut butter, meat and cheese the morning of the race. I need more calories — lots more. But, not too much where it’ll make me sick.

I think these are good assessments and good directives. I’d like to say that I don’t need the half banana or applesauce, but I feel like right now I do. Plus, it’s unprocessed and not too carb loaded. I hope to ween myself off it completely within the next month.

But, we’ll see?

I just need to listen to my body and take the cues it’s giving me so I don’t have a repeat of Saturday. That’s not going to happen again.

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Maple Bacon … what?!


Tonight I went to the Wasatch Running Center to pick up my packet for the Legacy Midnight Half Marathon tomorrow. Running stores are my crack houses. This is where I go to get my fix. Usually (and by usually, I mean everytime) when I walk into a running store I never leave empty handed. I’ll either get suckered into thinking I need a new pair of shoes or I’ll stock up on gels, shots or gummies.

When I was grabbing a few of my favorite gels (Clif Shot Mocha, hello!) I came across a new gel flavor. Are you ready for me to tell you (actually you probably already know since the title of this post contains the name … well … and the fact there is a picture of the product right there (I’m not very good with these kind of questions, huh?))? It’s … wait for it … wait for it … wait for it (told I wasn’t really good at these things) … MAPLE. BACON. GEL.

My first reaction to it was, well, HEAVE! That just sounds pretty gross. Then I remembered the one time that I ate a maple bacon donut and then made a batch of maple bacon rice krispy treats. Those were good. But, a running gel made out of the flavoring? I’d almost rather drink of packet of left over maple syrup, butter and bacon grease while running.

So, naturally, I bought a gel to try it out. I had to. My curiosity got the best of me (oh, crap and curiosity killed the cat … I’m screwed!). So sometime this upcoming week during one of my runs I’m going to break this puppy out and try it. It’s either going to be the best thing I’ve ever tried or the worst. I’ll either run in triumph and throw up on the side of the road in defeat. I could also possibly gives me the runs, but I won’t talk about that because my mother reads my blog.

I hope this is a glorious find, because I want to believe.

But, I’ve found more often than not life has this way of making things seem more spectacular then they really are. Oh, man, I’m screwed. Well, not that screwed, it’d be worse if I took this during one of my half marathons this weekend and then totally threw up/pooped my pants/both/at the same time.

Welp, stay in next week and see what happens …