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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.

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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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Marathon completed!

Just a quick update – not without challenges and issues, I made it through the 42km / 26 mile MK Marathon in 5:03. More later, but for now thanks so much for all your support! X

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

Learn more about the background of this marathon and fundraising.

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!!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE! 🏃‍♀️✔😎

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.

It’s not long now until my marathon weekend on 5th/6th May.  Please help raise money for Marie Curie by sponsoring my first marathon in memory of “my third grandparents”.

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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32k, heat, teddy bears, and sugar pills

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.  With your generosity I have now raised a whopping £685.  This will go to helping families in their greatest time of need, providing nursing support at home to those with terminal illness – a highly valuable and essential service.  I am overwhelmed by the support and kind words – and the very generous anonymous donations too – thank you – whoever you are!!

It’s not too late to donate! If you haven’t already, please consider making a donation.

£685 raised for Marie Curie

On 18th April I ran 32km – my longest distance so far – a new record.  I am also pleased to say that the fundraising goal of £500 is smashed!  Thank you to everyone who has made that happen!

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7km trail run in the sun

Today I went for a 7km run in what was forecast to be cool and overcast. I decided to take my new sun-hat and sun-t-shirt just to try them out for comfort. I was glad that I did, because it turned out to be quite clear, hot and sunny. I was pleased to learn that these new items work really well, kept the sun off my head and helped to keep me cool.

7km run in the sun
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Lurgy, prep and unexpected personal records

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!!

With just three weeks to go I can’t help being a bit nervous about the challenge ahead.  This feeling has some panic atop, as over the last two weeks I succumbed to a “dreaded lurgy”.  Was it a cold?  Flu?  Or worse – MAN FLU?  I don’t know, over ten days or so it manifested itself in just about every way, one day after another.  So, reader, I apologise for the lack of recent updates.  The good news is I am on the mend.  The positive part of my brain says the good news is I am far less likely now to be ill at marathon time.  My immune system should be prepared for anything!  The bad news is that I am behind with my training.

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23km fuel, tyres, and heat

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!!

23km over 2:36

I had mixed feelings about my training run on 29th April.  I managed to run 23km (14 miles) in unexpectedly warm weather (about 18°C, that felt like 30!).  I tried hard not to neglect the fact I had run over half a marathon in the warmest temperature I had ever ran in, whilst part of me went on about how I had “only” made 23km of my 35km (22 miles) target!

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Running on fat without sugar

The Sugar Drop protocol – a layman’s method of maintaining blood sugar without carbohydrates during long runs

May 2019: I’ll soon be adapting this method following further revelations, to become a personal protocol to naturally raise ketones and normalise blood sugar prior to long exercises to prevent hypoglycaemia (“hitting the wall”, or “bonking”) for as long as possible whilst consuming absolute minimal carbohydrates.

See also A marathon – just add sugar

Having met my target weight on a ketogenic diet back in 2016, and having discovered many health benefits of this lifestyle I had no desire to go back to my old ways. However, I continued to lose (too much) weight. After some research I discovered the solution was to start working out (particularly resistance / weight training). Having been sedentary for most of my life I found this quite daunting. But in 2017 I discovered that my new diet provided me with more energy than I had felt in decades. I started weight training which stabilised my weight, and later with my excess energy I started treadmill running. In September 2017 I headed to the gym before breakfast and randomly ran 21k over 2:12, stopping not because I could not continue but because I had to get to work. It was then I discovered the nature of “fat-adapted” energy delivery. Since then I have been studying, testing and experimenting to work out the optimal method to keep myself running – without carbs or sugar.

Conventional thinking (based on research going back to the 1970s) suggests that loading up on carbs before an endurance event, then “topping up” during and afterwards is a requirement. My feeling now is that this is a requirement – if your metabolism is “configured” to use dietary glucose [from carbohydrates] as a primary source. However, if you remove carbs for long enough, the body generates its own glucose “on demand” along with ketones, which are predominantly used to fuel the brain. This isn’t a new concept and numerous athletes, body builders have proven this. One of my favourite and most inspiring stories is that of Meredith Loring and Sami Inkinen who rowed 24 hours a day for 45 days over 2,765 miles on a 70% fat diet with less than 10% carbohydrates: Fat chance row

There is no end of further examples online. However, I cannot fool myself into believing I am a top athlete, at forty years old I have only just started exercising. So, the question is:

How far can I go with this?

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23km run in a fasted, low-carb state

Today I ran 22.65k in the most atrocious weather conditions (not my best pace with the wind and rain against me, and having a mild hypothermia at the end 😳). This is my furthest distance yet using my “sugar drop protocol” to generate blood sugar without consuming any sugar or carbohydrates, just salt! Read more about that here

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