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A marathon – just add sugar

I’m stoked to say that on May 6th 2019 I completed my first marathon!

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me raise money for Marie Curie by sponsoring me on my marathon.  I am overwhelmed by the support and kind words – and the very generous anonymous donations too – thank you – whoever you are!! ✔🏃‍♀️😃

Learn more about the background of this marathon and its fundraising.

Marathon map, Milton Keynes
42km of Milton Keynes

Three years ago I started my ketogenic (low-carbohydrate) journey, lost a lot of weight, and much to my surprise went from “couch to runner” in early 2017.  Since then, I’ve continued to experiment to see what I can do with my newfound ketogenic energy.  I discovered I didn’t need sugars and carbohydrates to do the things I wanted to do from weightlifting, cycling, running, and more.  I could do them in a completely fasted state just fuelling with my body’s stored fat.  Of course, I wanted to find out how far I could go.  Could I run a marathon without any sugar?

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The marathon tomorrow – a quick update

First of all – thank you so much to everyone who has helped me raise money for Marie Curie by sponsoring me on my marathon run on 6th May.  I am overwhelmed by the support and kind words – and the very generous anonymous donations too – thank you – whoever you are!!

The experiment has begun.  I’ll write more after the marathon – when I will be able to tell you if I was able to complete the race using the protocol, along with all the details.  In the meantime, here is a quick update.

10th May 2019 update: see A marathon – just add sugar

I ran the “MK Rocket 5k” this morning (the MK marathon is tomorrow and starts at 10am).  I didn’t aim for speed – not wanting to put pressure on the day before the marathon but yet I was pleased with my result of 25:57.  I did this of course, in a fasted state with no sugar as usual – I felt fantastic at the end of the race and all went well.

Oooh shiny!
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One week to go

With my first ever marathon coming up in one week’s time (6th May) some have been asking about my latest preparations.

In many ways I have been preparing for this event since I started my low-carb / ketogenic diet back in April 2016.  Since then I lost a lot of weight and as I became energised, I became interested to learn how far I could push myself in this new found state.

10th May 2019 update: see A marathon – just add sugar

I am following my very own protocol, which I created built on years of study and self-experimentation.  I finally documented this in March 2019, and often refer to it myself to keep on track!

Running on fat without sugar (the protocol)

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