Why My Running Has Improved Recently – The 100K And The Low Carbohydrate Diet Attempt.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been making some sustained progress with both my mileage and my pace. In this post I will discuss the two main reasons why things have improved, namely the 100k run and the low carbohydrate diet.
(Today I continued on with the progress and recorded my 2nd sub 2 hour half marathon of the week in a time of 1:59:41.)
I used to worry that my body would fall apart if I went out for 2 runs during any given day.
The 100k proved to me that I could do 6 or 7 ‘different’ runs and survive. This resilience has allowed me to record 4 40+ mile weeks in a row with the latest 2 being 50+.
On a Sunday night I try to go out on 2nd run just to bump my mileage up a little bit. I couldn’t go tonight as there was serious lightning up in Tottenham for an hour.
But on any normal Sunday I can do at least 5k without any problems and it’s definitely improved my endurance.
The low carbohydrate diet
Running on low carb was fucking difficult. In order to finish even 6 or 7 miles I was having to run at 100% effort.
It was because of this that I knew I could give more on the run without it hurting too much. In the months leading up to the low carb attempt I’d been coasting with my running. I was upset if I ever got out of breath and because of my laziness my pace never seemed to improve beyond a 9:40 minute/mile.
I’d fallen into the trap of thinking that running faster than a 9 minute mile would exhaust me and that it was naturally bad.
I’ve since stopped listening to my mind and now concentrate on how my body is reacting. It is more capable than I give it credit for, it’s just my brain that’s weak.
Ever since then I’ve been trying to push my easy pace down below a 9 minute mile. It’s been a challenge but I feel like I’m getting there.
It’s still so much easier than running on low carb was for that week, so I do have hope.
If I’m struggling and try to run to survive my pace comes in at around 9:17 minute/mile. Up until June this pace was about 9:42 minute/mile. If I can persist with this over the next 3 months then there’s no reason why I can’t achieve my goal of a sub 4 hour marathon.
As you can see from below my 10 mile run times have improved drastically in July 2014 alone!