Alternate post title: Not All Intelligent People Have Common Sense.
You might find this hard to believe because of the crazy recipes you see here on the blog, but with the exception of nightly ice cream, I eat a mostly “whole foods” diet… Lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and non-meat sources of protein (dairy, eggs, beans, nuts/nut butters) are my daily staples. When I do eat refined carbs, they’re typically in snacky form (pretzels, animal crackers) rather than white bread, pasta, etc.
So for some reason (and I really have no idea why…) over the past five months I’ve gotten it in my head that in the 2-3 days leading up to bigger races, I have to wipe all fiber, protein and fat out of my diet and replace it all with lots of refined carbs. Basically, I was convinced that stuffing myself with plain bagels for 72 hours was a plan for success. Doing a complete 180 on your usual diet is an awesome idea, right?
Now, I realize more than diet could be causing the stomach cramping issues I’ve had at NYCM and the NYC Half. And I plan to spend some time researching the issue. But I can’t help but think my
awesome stupid diet flips are playing a big role. These are the only two races I’ve done this diet derailment plan for, and they’re also the only two races where cramps have completely taken over my midsection. I sense correlation.
The good thing is, I’m carefree enough in life right now to just laugh at my mistakes while learning from them. I’ve learned my lesson, and while I certainly might try to increase my carb intake in the week leading up to a big race, I’m going to give up my extremist method.