Sep 21, 2009

Me? Gluten Free?

I haven't blogged about this little topic much - mostly to spare y'all the details! However, yesterday I had a little breakthrough and I needed to share it.

During this year's training, my stomach has been a NIGHTMARE. It's usually okay for shorter runs, but anything over 10 miles can be bad. I honestly wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish my 18 miler. Well, after several discussions - and quite honestly several months of denial - I'm starting to think gluten may be the issue. I'm fairly certain I don't have celiac disease (and the test is very invasive, so I'm okay with not knowing), but have more of an intolerance.

Well, yesterday I decided to eliminate gluten from my pre-run diet. Eggs didn't sound very appetizing at 6 a.m. and I certainly didn't want to be cooking that ridiculously early, but I thought I'd try it out. Wouldn't you know - I WAS FINE!! It just might be that an english muffin was my enemy.

I'm definitely going to start trying to reduce my gluten from here on out. After yesterday, I think I'm going to feel so much better during training. I think I would feel a lot better in general if I went gluten free completely, but I don't want to throw that at my body before the marathon - so I think I'm going to commit to that in November (pre-Thanksgiving). I can't even tell you how thrilled I was yesterday to not have to make a pit stop or feel like the pain in my stomach was too much to handle during my run.

On another note - my shoes were great! Who knew that this whole time I just needed a wide shoe?! Thank you, Running Company!


Simple Creative Inspiration said...

I hope that doesnt mean you can't eat gluten ever?!? Just before you run?!? I hope!! Poor gal!!

Laura said...

I think I'm going to go totally gluten free in November (until Turkey Day) just to see if helps me feel better in general. It might help with my regular allergies and the random stomach problems I see to have. I'm trying to reduce my gluten a little bit now though too.