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Hey Eric, I almost always don't eat prior to morning run, not always quite at 16hours post intake depends on the schedule. find Im ok for 60-75mins. anyway, whats your thoughts on going into a race without having eaten? more specifically longer races anything marathon or longer I guess. I did a half marathon recently and ate 2 hours prior to the race, really didn't feel like eating and im almost certain that it had no impact upon my performance in the race.
loving the 100mile plan by the way, my fitness has shot up like in bullet in the past 4 weeks.
It's so good to get your confirmation and support for the fasting, Eric! Loved the recipe (sans the anchovies ...ha!) Very delish! Stay warm out there and thanks for this video!
I usually do my Saturday morning long runs in a fasted state. The run itself is usually about 11 - 12 hours after my last meal. I have noticed that I'm able to utilize fat stores a bit more efficiently. I ran a marathon earlier this year at an easy pace and finished in 5hr 50-ish minutes. During the entire run, I think I only took in about 1000 calories, mostly consisting of pretzels and my sports drink which is honey-based. Prior to that marathon, I'd spent about three months making sure I was in a fasted state when I did my Saturday long runs.
Juicing: I've been told putting that yummy salad in a heavy duty blender and liquifying allows your body to better absorb the nutrients. The mechanics described were the blender creates smaller particles than teeth. Any thoughts on juicing?
Hey Lori - good question. Studies and research show that you need to fast 16-20 hours to begin producing ketones and utilizing fat stores. But just like with anything nutrition based, there is no one general answer. Just like there are many forms of runs for a variety of purposes there are just as many forms of fasting. But the experts will say, probably 16 hours is the minimum.
Thanks for the great nutrition tips. 'Looking forward to more!
so my morning runs (less than 2 hours) are almost always on an empty stomach (about 11 hours from last meal)....what is the optimal "fasting" duration for this type of fat burning run. I've never done this intentionally. My morning runs are so early, I just typically leave enough time to get out the door...not stop to eat. Also, I typically have zero appetite that early anyway. So, how many hours does it need to be be to be considered "fasting". also, do you eat a certain way the evening before you plan to do a fasting run the next day.
Is there a downside to running all less than 90 minute runs on a empty stomach....seeing as I do speedwork on some days and higher intensity shorter runs or hill repeats after 11 hours fasting. I've just taken for granted that I am adapted to this way and it really isn't that big of a deal for me to be more conscious about eating or not eating before specific runs. My guess is that maybe for those higher effort/intensity days, that having not had anything to eat might keep me from having as much of a heart rate response, or be a little sluggish, although I usually don't feel like it's affecting me. Just thoughts.
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