Hey everybody, I’ve used this site basically as a bible for nutrition, training, supplementation, etc. I’ve dabbled with some powerlifting, sprinting, but my main potential currently in athletics is distance/middle distance running.
One thing I have noticed when I’m in racing season is the way my diet affects me (in a weird way).
Originally, this year, I was eating 6 to 8 meals a day, nutrient timing and grouping with the P/F and P/C meals, the exception, of course, was post workout shake and meal. During this time I felt okay, not myself during workouts or runs (I weighed about 180 or so being 6’2"). Last year I felt a lot better, but I wasn’t really eating too healthy overall so I decided to try it again.
A sample day for me is roughly 2 1/2 3 meals and goes as follows:
Breakfast 9:30 am
1 cup oats
5 egg whites
Lunch (sparingly do i eat this) 12pm
balance bar or an apple
Running (8+ miles w/ or w/o workout)
Lifting (only fairly intense for legs, bodyweight for everything else)
Post workout shake 4:45 pm
65 g CHO/ 25g PRO
Dinner (6:45 pm)
4 oz chicken breast
3 cups broccoli
1 cup oatmeal
Snack (10 pm)
Celery w/ PB
I know I’ll get some posts saying about how poorly I’m eating and I should maybe intake more calories running about 60 to 70 miles a week on top of competing; however, when I eat like this, I race substantially faster (1:56 as opposed to 1:59 for a half mile and 4:25 as opposed to a 4:35 for the mile).
Doing this last year, I didn’t get burnt out and I made great progress compared to previous years intaking proper amounts of protein (~2 g per lb of BW) and sufficient macronutrient profile 40/30/30 at the correct times.
Did anybody else have such experience before?
I know this isn’t an endurance/running site, but I think it’s a lot better than the running forums that exist.
I know there is history of olympians doing the same, but I’m just wondering if there’s an explanation.