My marathon training has begun.

I’m thoroughly excited and freaked out.

I felt really confident going into this. Last month when I paid my registration fee it seemed like a brilliant idea. Now it just feels like I don’t really know what I’m doing. But I have amazing support that I’m very thankful for.

Michael Andrew is officially my running coach. He personalized a marathon plan for me that would still allow me to work around bi-weekly plyo and mass building workouts. It’s quite intense, so we’ll see how I do. If I can’t keep up, I’m going to consider cutting down my plyo to once a week. But I suspect that my ability to keep up will have more to do with the quality of my nutrition than anything else.

I’m acting as my own nutritionist with occasional consultations with a sport nutritionist at my gym and a holistic nutritionist at school. I check with them on specific things when I want confirmation or a second opinion. My first session with my sport nutritionist confirmed something that I had already strongly suspected: I’m not eating enough carbs.

My ex-nutritionist (who I wouldn’t recommend) had me on a high protein diet. At the time I was doing mass building and my goal was to lower my body fat percentage, so perhaps it wasn’t completely off, but he was misleading in his explanations and I still think 111g of protein/day was too much for me. But he assured me that it was impossible to eat too much protein (NOT true).

Over time I started replacing my carbs with protein to meet my daily requirements and suddenly my energy went way down. My trainer noticed it and my sport nutritionist confirmed that I needed to be eating a lot more carbohydrates for the amount of training I was doing. He explained exactly what types of carbs I should be eating, and why my protein intake didn’t make any sense.

I took a hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) questionnaire and my result was: “Hypoglycemia is a likely factor.” That didn’t particularly surprise me because at the time I was exercising on basically no carbs. I’d get irritable if I missed a meal and I would feel fatigued and tired and sometimes moody by late afternoon.

I replaced my old protein breakfast shakes with more substantial oatmeal and other higher-fiber options. I also increased my intake of vegetables and legumes. As a result, I’ve felt better. Today my trainer told me that I was much stronger and appear to have recovered from my energy dip. Except now my training is going to intensify. So I’m sure I’ll have to make a few more adjustments to my diet to squeeze out that extra energy.

Exciting!

I read a funny article this morning: 15 No-Sweat Ways to Burn Calories! Some of the tips were good, but among them they suggested drinking coffee and fidgeting a lot. (??!!)

Because who WOULDN’T want to be a skinny person with a nervous tick?!

I won’t rant on this article. I WILL, however, say something about coffee because it isn’t the first time I have seen it listed as a weight loss tactic.

I think the reason people see coffee as a weight loss aid is because it’s an appetite suppressor. But caffeine is one of four things that will put your body directly into a state called “fight of flight.” Essentially, this is stress.

There are many things that happen to your body in this state. One of them is that it immediately releases glucagon, a hormone produced by the alpha cells of the pancreas. Glucagon stimulates the release of glucose stored as glycogen in the liver. This is what it burns for energy – NOT your stored fat.

I really like #4 – Do Your Own Housework. (I wasn’t actually aware there was another option…)

The last sweat-free weight loss tip on this list is “Have Sex.” With this, I’m going to have to go with the person that left the comment:

If you don’t sweat during sex you’re not doing it right.