Day 5 – Whole30 not for runners?

Today I realized that either Whole30 is not for runners or I’m not eating enough compliant carbs. My training runs this week have not been stellar, which I initially attributed to just having a bad day or two. But when I got really fatigued running only 5 miles tonight I finally realized that my lower carb diet might be causing my difficulties. I plan to increase my fruit consumption from now on, and include potatoes in more of my meals to see if that makes a difference. That will probably help on a daily basis. However, this Sunday is the Long Beach Marathon. There is no way I’m crossing that start line with so little energy and 26.2 miles to run. I’ve always planned to have a nice plate of pasta for dinner on Saturday night in preparation for the marathon, but I might take it a little farther. A McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin might be on the menu for breakfast too. I don’t want to go overboard and negate all of the progress I’ve made over the last 5 days, but I am certain I can’t run a marathon on my current diet. I’m certainly healthier after 5 days of Whole30, and I think I’m even slightly slimmer, but long distance running required more carbs!

Speaking of fatigue, I’m going to bed now. Maybe one day I’ll get around to writing about my Whole30 lunches, but it’s not going to be today.

Today’s meals:
Breakfast – Scrambled eggs with diced vegetables and chicken apple sausage (so many eggs)
Snack #1 – Mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, and pistachios)
Lunch – Teriyaki ground beef, roasted broccoli and carrots, and roasted diced potato and sweet potato
Snack #2 – Banana with almond butter (before going running)
Dinner – Tomato soup with Italian sausage, cashew cookie Larabar

Today’s notes: Last time with the confession about the teriyaki ground beef in my lunch. It was the last serving I had in the fridge and now it’s gone. But don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll find other Whole30 cheats in my diet to talk about. And as I said on Tuesday, the tomato soup has a little flour in it for thickening. Obviously I need more variety in my diet because these notes are getting repetitive. Finally, I’m not sure Larabars are technically acceptable on Whole30, but with only dates and cashews in the ingredients list I’m allowing it. I needed something sweet after dinner to close out the day.