Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Dairy Allergy?

Over the past few years, I have been back and forth on how I feel when I have dairy. I will keep my symptoms to myself but never in my reading/research did I come across low level dairy allergy suggestions. Fast forward to conversation with a "very accomplished runner and coach." He has employed his runners to use a basic meal/nutrition plan. No rice, pasta, or bread. Lots of vegetables and NO DAIRY. By dairy he means no milk, cheese, or yogurt. In the last few years the complex carb thing has been a life changer for me so I get that, but the DAIRY? I didnt understand that. He explained that low level amounts of allergy produce extra mucous. The lack of mucous will obviously help breathing and the lungs but he feels the lack of mucous also helps with lean muscle mass. He feels that "ripped" or "hard" look comes from this style of eating. I definitely need to research it. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a whirl.

Today marks 7 days dairy free and I feel amazing. Is it lactose? What is it in the milk that reacts with my body? It was not that drastic of a change so I thought it would be an interesting experiment. Since tuesday (3 days in) I have not had the previously mentioned symptoms. Usually for every 2-3 mile of running I am good for a snot rocket or two, cycling every 5-10 miles. NO MORE. Usually I have to constantly monitor my "boogers." NONE. I feel great. A very clean week of nutrition (totally metabolicly efficient) and a solid effort in training. I felt awesome during training, slept better, and generally not so stuffy in the sinuses. It feels like I have taken off right where silverman left off. I would prefer not to have a months like December or January again. Here is how my week went:

Monday-Training swim, 1000 meters. Not too fast, not too slow. Long strokes, no rest, get a good feel of the water.
Tuesday-Easy run. 3 miles easy. Sully is becoming such a good partner. He is getting his loose leash position when we run and he is getting less interested in distractions. More on him later.
Thursday-Training Run. 4 miles. Sully and my wife ran with me and it was awesome. We went out a little fast but it was really good. Sully is ready to go longer. Next week I think I am going to add a day or start to add some speed. I feel no (knock on wood) musculoskeletal issues besides DOMS.
Saturday-BRICK. Bike/Run. My first brick since October. I picked a flat-ish bike course. The ish refers to the sisters. Now that they are in my back yard I am going to sprinkle them in until I can repeat them. That is when I know I have arrived, lol. 18 miles, 16 mph with 12-16 on the silverman/sister portion of the river mountain loop trail. With out that section I would have been over 20 mph. T1 was spend wrangling Sully and chit chat with the group. Run was the "sully" loop. 3 miles with the first mile up. My goal was to maintain 9:30 up the big hill then hang on the rest. actual: 9:38. Legs were thrashed. Have to get them giraffe legs out. More Bricks to come. I would grade this one a B-. It took me a long time to recover off the sisters. Once I reached the RMLT on the run my legs were gone. I am faster but not in shape. It is coming though.
Sunday-Long run. The 6 tunnels route by the lake to Hoover dam. It was awesome. Gorgeous morning, incredible scenery. Definitely, a run I will do again. 7.16 miles, 9:33 pace. It is an out and back route. The first quarter of the back is a challenge. I can feel my hill work around here getting better. This run makes me remember why I run.
Sully-Graduated from puppy class. He is ready to go longer and more often. I am happy with his training too. Quote:

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man, he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

I love that.

1 comment:

Karl Stutelberg said...

We are the only mammals that drink milk after weaning anyway. Kind of silly when you think about it really.