How to avoid crapping your pants in a marathon

In addition to figuring out how to avoid injury, another thing that has helped me run so much has been changing my diet. About a year and a half ago, my wife convinced me to go gluten-free. I know, I know, the whole gluten-free thing is annoying, but just hear me out. Before I stopped eating wheat, one of the reasons I never even entered a 5k was that I was worried about my stomach. Before going gluten-free, my GI tract bothered me just running around the neighborhood sometimes, so I thought I’d never be able to run anything like a marathon. 

Here’s a very good article supporting making this change in your diet. It’s a little long, but I’m sure people can manage to read it all:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/many-athletes-tout-the-gluten-free-way-whats-the-science-behind-the-claim/2013/10/14/cc0b601c-d42f-11e2-b05f-3ea3f0e7bb5a_story.html

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5 thoughts on “How to avoid crapping your pants in a marathon

  1. runnermoe says:

    What do you use to get your carbs?!!? I eat Paleo and I can only eat so many sweet potatoes

    • The article says that perhaps endurance athletes don’t need as many carbs as people once thought. There’s plenty of stuff to eat without wheat. Rice, nuts, vegetables, fruit, meat, etc.

      I don’t know that I have the whole nutrition thing figured out. However, I will say that I felt great during my last two marathons. I mean, like actually enjoying myself, until about the last mile or so when I was finally kinda ready to stop running.

      I think carbo loading with a big spaghetti dinner the night before a big race is utter madness. I can’t believe these marathons I run that have a big complimentary pasta dinner the night before. They’re setting a lot of runners up for failure, or at least discomfort. If anything, I eat pretty lightly the day before. I figure I can take Gu packets during the race to give me some calories.

  2. Reblogged this on RunningMadeSuperEasy and commented:

    Here’s a post from a while back-

  3. I’ve not altered my eating habits a bit since I started running a year ago. I keep seeing people I respect suggesting I do so. I kind of don’t want to hear this talk because it takes a hobby which I keep to myself and makes it affect others. Eating is something the whole family does together and going out for a meal is a big part of socialising with friends. I don’t want to inconvenience others. I don’t seek attention for myself.

    • Good for you. Our whole family eats this way. When we go out, we don’t seek attention, we simply order things that contain no gluten. There are plenty of other things to eat. You don’t have to make a big scene about not eating wheat. Try reading the link, it makes a good case for going gluten-free. Some people’s systems are better than others at handling the parts of wheat that are hard to digest. Great for you if you have no problems.

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