I just read this article:
And now I feel like I’m having a huge epiphany. Ok… so for those who don’t know–I just recently underwent this ridiculous ordeal trying to figure out my issues with exhaustion and stress and low blood sugar. And I just read this:
Well, we know that this current popular high intensity aerobic pursuit is a dead-end. It requires huge amounts carbohydrate (sugar) to sustain, it promotes hyperinsulinemia (overproduction of insulin), increases oxidative damage (the production of free radicals) by a factor of 10 or 20 times normal, and generates high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in many people, leaving them susceptible to infection, injury, loss of bone density and depletion of lean muscle tissue – while encouraging their bodies to deposit fat. Far from that healthy pursuit we all assumed it was!
Is that me? I’m training for a marathon. I’m an endurance cardio junkie… I’m really not a sprinter. Sprinting kindof hurts. Oh gosh… I’m signed up for a billion endurance races right now. Oh man. Calm down. I am grateful for becoming enlightened about what the heck is going on with my body.
This new info is not going to ruin my plans. I’m going to keep grinding and go ahead and run my upcoming races:
- 10/22/11 Lewis and Clark Ozark Adventure Race 50+ mi
- 10/29/11 Raid the Rock Adventure Race 50+ mi
- 11/24/11 Route 66 Half Marathon, Tulsa
- 12/4/11 White Rock Marathon, Dallas
- 3/4/11 Little Rock Marathon
The necessary high carb diet is what promotes hyperinsulinemia – not the actual training. No sources necessary for that.