Navigating the wheat free, gluten free diet

I have never been a runner, but I like the idea of running.  It’s just not something my body ever decided it wanted to do, so I found other ways to get my Cardio on.  But here’s what’s funny: If I did run and/or jog on a regular basis, I’d likely have an advantage over my gluten-happy peers. Here’s why:

From the Asics blog:

“Running takes a lot of physical and mental strength, what my grandparents would have called intestinal fortitude. Unfortunately for many athletes, another type of guts comes into play all too often. These runners are forced to alter their workouts because of cramping, bloating or a sudden “I need to find a bathroom now” feeling. Recently I led a pace group on a 20-mile training run, and at Mile 8 we came upon a bathroom. Eight of the 13 runners in the group had to make a stop. What many of these athletes did not know was that cutting back on gluten, the protein found in wheat flour, might have kept them from needing to stop.

“Gluten can be very hard to digest. It breaks up into fragments in the digestive tract, and these fragments can block the absorption of other nutrients. When this happens, the runner can experience a whole variety of GI-related distress, which ultimately robs him of his best athletic performance.”

I know it’s common for people to practice carb-loading before a big run, but they might want to re-think those huge bowls of pasta. Just sayin’.

See the full blog post here, and happy trails.



Comments on: "Gluten-free Diet Good for Runners?" (3)

  1. Well, hell, if you just don’t drink water for 3 days before the run you wont have to stop for the bathroom either!

    I’d say it’s OK to stop for a bathroom break after 8 miles.

    • Dennis D. said:

      I think there’s a bit of a difference between peeing on a tree and the bathroom breaks referred to here.

  2. Julie said:

    With a 20-mile training run, sounds like a group preparing for a marathon. Part of the training for running a road race (marathon or shorter) is figuring out and practicing what to eat (and what not to eat) and when to eat before a long run. So good to raise the issue of what a runner eats before a long run.

    Also, a porta-potty along the running route often encourages runners who otherwise would have kept running to stop, especially if they aren’t in a race.

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