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What to eat? <img alt="dontknow.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/dontknow.gif"><br><br>
I'm thinking of trying for 24 hours. Yet reviewing my diet reveals that I eat carbs all the time.<br><br>
I don't see how its possible. At the very least, I'd be very cranky.
 

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I've never tried it. Pfitzinger touches on it in the new issue of Running Times.
 

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Yes. Pfitz' monthly column is where I got the idea for the 24 hour "mini-depletion."<br><br>
I've never tried. In the past I've just really focused on the carb-loading, especially topping off the tanks in the night prior and also with a pre-race breakfast. The more important nutritional factor in marathoning, for sure.<br><br>
Carb-loading makes a difference, for sure. Yet the depletion phase is supposed to increase the ability of the muscles and liver to store glycogen.<br><br>
Tim, two weekends ago, I tried Pfitz' recommend to do a long run on low fuel tanks. To train the body to convery fat to energy. I didn't like that either. Evil Pfitz.
 

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What to eat? Protein & fat, but not the kind of heavy fatty stuff that will clog your gut!<br><br>
If you try it and don't want to eat heavy things like cheese and bacon and hamburger, stick with lean proteins (fish, broiled or grilled chicken & other lean meats, eggs, tofu) and healthy fats (nuts and nut butters, avocados, olives) maybe some veggies or greens or low-carb pitas/rice cakes to have a little bulk in there.<br><br>
Doesn't sound too appetizing, does it?<br><br>
I still haven't found the right formula for carbo-loading. I've never hit the wall (yet!) so it works that way, but have stood at the start puffy and retaining water, especially in my lower legs -- a bad feeling to start a race with. It's hard to change my usual diet by increasing the volume of food so much in the days before a race, even if I stick to familiar foods.<br><br>
Let us know how it goes.
 

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That's what I was thinking: Fat and protein. Unless an emergency, I don't think I could make it a day on a no-carb diet.<br><br>
I had thought nuts, eggs, meats, dairy and cheese could get me through 24 hrs...BUT, my roommate made a huge pasta, bread and salad dinner last night. Out went that idea.<br><br>
Maybe next time.
 
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