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Cutting for a Half Marathon


#1

Guy with a big mouth here, my wife said all I do is lift and no cardio and that I couldn't run a half marathon with her if I wanted to.... Well mr big mouth took the challenge. That being said I have 12 weeks to train and figure I can use all this cardio to my advantage to cut down a little.

I trim down quick when I go low carb but it honestly drains me. Running that much wirhno carbs could be tough, would carb cycling be in my best interest? I have a long run day, one or two med distance days and a short easy recovery day.&


#2

Off top, I would say carb loading and carb cycling. However, I am still learning myself about the effects of carbs has on my performance. I would post this question in the CT thread under questions about training. CT has wealth of knowledge. Finally, my uncle does marathons and when I talk to him, he does something similar to carb loading before he runs and he puts in 7-15 miles every other day at least 3 days per week and is skinny as toothpick.

Good luck!


#3

Running is easy if you are fit. I have run several Marathons, not with any record shattering times but I didn’t do bad either. They aren’t super hard, just uncomfortable.

Run a couple of 5ks and maybe two 10ks along with your regular workouts. Maybe pop a conditioning workout/warmup before your main workouts (like 25 1/2 body weight thrusters for time) and you will be fine.

As far as diet - Just eat more carbs don’t worry about “cutting” - whatever the hell that means.


#4

I want to use this to lose some bf I possible since I’ll already be doing so much cardio. But as sargeQ said I don’t want low carbs to affect my performance.


#5

concentrate on one thing at a time. work more on speed and you won’t have to worry about calories as much, just minimize the fat. Well if your a pig like me and eat fried foods and butter alot. If your running enough you can eat cups of ice cream and still lose fat in the summer.


#6

[quote]erric wrote:
Guy with a big mouth here, my wife said all I do is lift and no cardio and that I couldn’t run a half marathon with her if I wanted to… Well mr big mouth took the challenge. That being said I have 12 weeks to train and figure I can use all this cardio to my advantage to cut down a little.

I trim down quick when I go low carb but it honestly drains me. Running that much wirhno carbs could be tough, would carb cycling be in my best interest? I have a long run day, one or two med distance days and a short easy recovery day.&[/quote]

Since when did cardio(running in this case) become more challenging than lifting?


#7

Didn’t say it was the wife Just thinks I’m a cardio wimp bc I generally don’t have to do it. But I eat diff when gaining than when attempting to lose.