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. 🙂