I run HS track and I’m troubled because I’ve lost 4 or 5 seconds off of my 400m time. At the first time trial early in the season (Feb 4th - maybe 2/3 weeks after pre-season ended) I ran a 53 which, while not amazing, was alright for being an early benchmark. Now, about a month and a half later I’m averaging ~57s at meets.
I was on Joel Marion’s Cheat to Lose diet (it’s the AD with only one carb-up day and a tapered carb increase from Tues -> Friday) at the time and I’m still on it. I’m guessing that I eat about 3-5k calories daily, but it occurred to me yesterday (after feeling terrible and heavy in my race) that maybe this diet and quantity of food is not optimal for running…
(I had 3 or 4 chicken breasts in spicy curry for lunch at 1:30, and my race was unusually early, maybe 5:20 pm). Now I usually eat this way (except lightly peppered beef or chicken instead of spicy curry) and don’t feel so bad at meets, so I’m guessing this isn’t what is really responsible for me being so slow, but maybe if I have a more appropriate track and field diet then I’ll be able to recoup some of those lost seconds.
My (brief) reading (and traditional knowledge) suggest carbs the morning of the meet tapering down to a small snack maybe an hour before my race with protein following the race.
I always pack a Surge w/ creatine, so I’m guessing I have the second and third portions covered, but I’m not so sure about carbs the morning of… I really like being on a low carb diet because I never get cravings or feel my blood sugar drop.
We have meets twice a week and I usually carb-up on Saturday (one of the meet days). I’m probably moving this to Friday, because then I would get the full day’s worth of carbs instead of just the maybe 4 or 5 hours prior to the meet [besides which it is awkward to eat a lot at meets since they have a rolling schedule].
Other info: I have flat feet, I’ve been running in vibram five fingers all season, I ice my lower legs most days to ward off shin splints, I haven’t been lifting during track season because my coach told me explicitly not to, and on Feb 4 I clean and jerked 135 6x4 with a minute rest b/t sets (baby numbers, whatever).
Ok, if you have any experience or ideas as to why I’m so fucking slow, please spill them… TIA.