I’m not sure if I shared this with anyone yet, but in early March I decided I wanted to run the TC10 mile. But, here is the thing… I ran my 5 mile time trial as a diagnostic to see where I was with pace and endurance. The next day, I was so sore! I tweaked my hamstring, and for some reason my right calf kept cramping up. I stuck with my training for the next 2 weeks, but I couldn’t break through. Each run was worse, the injuries started to add up, and on top of it all I was all over the place with nutrition. I had started to eat more carbs to accommodate for more running. My body didn’t feel right.
I tried increasing carbs more, I tried more soaked grains, I tried adding more salt and lemon to my water for electrolytes, I tried intermittent fasting, I added more mobility, I did ice baths… nothing seemed to be working like it had before. I was changing my training schematic, adding new things into my routine to try and help, but this seemed impossible! Was I ever going to adapt and find what worked for me?
I continued to tinker with what might work for about 6 weeks. Finally, after trying everything I could think of, I found the solution and solved the problem. I am on my first good week of training and seeing improvement.
I decided to track sleep closely. It was the difference between 8 hours, which was tough to get consistently and 8.5 hours. It was actually decreasing carbs and increasing protein and healthy fat. It was taking 10 minutes after any session and working on mobility, as opposed to doing it all at night, and finally it was continued work on my running mechanics. Finally, I was waking up feeling refreshed, not tired and sore. My body felt lean again and I felt energetic and healthy.
The point is that I had to tinker, play around, and experiment with what worked for me to figure it out. We are all unique and we all have different needs. We will all have different adaptations to training and nutrition. What’s important is to tinker, to be willing to play around with all aspects of wellness to see what works and what doesn’t.
One of the things that was most surprising to me was when I increased my carb intake from 50 grams a day to 100 grams a day. I thought maybe I would increase my energy levels and perform better, but that didn’t happen. I personally don’t process huge amounts of fat and protein all that well. Once, I tried a diet of 80% fat 20% protein and 10% carbs and it didn’t work so well … No need to go into details. I thought that more carbs would work for me. It turns out that I had to really dive deep into figuring this out and experiment with the amount of carbs it took for me to feel optimal and perform well. It was 50 grams and it wasn’t 100 grams. On hard training days I can do about 75 grams and on light days feel best around 30 grams. I also noticed that with this cycle I was leaner and felt lighter.
I’m encouraging you to really dig deep into these aspects of nutrition and performance. Whether it's for weight loss or an increase in fitness, you will learn something.
In that spirit, we are giving you an opportunity to do just that with our Fly Feet community. We are passionate about this idea of “tinkering” and here is your opportunity to learn with your pack. Not every diet or workout routine is right for everyone. You have to see what works best for you, and we will continue to be your resource for options. We’re going to take 14 days in June and launch the FFR Summer Challenge. Here are the details:
- Nutrition: Understand what the right nutrition plan is for you. Experiment by limiting your carb intake. If you’ve never tried adjusting your carb intake, this could be a game changer for you. We’ll talk you through this at the kickoff.
- Workout: See us 14 days in a row. We program your recovery. We’ll do some fun and insightful diagnostics along the way.
- Points: You’ll track nutrition (carbs), sleep, hydration, and your workouts.
- Prizes: Obviously.
- Sign up on the community board as partners or as an individual.
- Free for members; $50 for non-members.
Chase your best. That’s what we do. There is never a finish line because our potential is limitless. Sign up for Fly Feet’s Summer Challenge to chase your best and surprise yourself at what’s possible. 14 Days, amazing workouts, nutrition plans, and most of all the best community supporting you to crush your goals. Kickoff on Thursday, June 1st at 6:30. Program is from Saturday June 3rd - Saturday June 17th.