Training for my first marathon, week 16 & 17 – with a Modified Ketogenic Diet


What would have been week 16 of my marathon training, was spent on holiday. A brilliant weeks camping in Dorset. We stayed in a child free campsite, which was pure relaxation. Like most of our holidays, we were pretty active. Lots of walking and cycling. The campsites location was spot on, it was 20 minutes from the sea and beach towns and 20 minutes from the New Forest and national parks. As the wife and I live a fairly relaxed life at home and work, we don’t feel like we need to lie on a beach to unwind from life stresses. We therefore like to use our holidays to go see stuff or be active. I like nothing more than going to see some castle, Roman fort or cathedral around Europe. Pretty geeky!! We English like to think we have a long history, and often look down on America and Australia etc, because they just don’t have that length of history, culture and architecture behind them. Then you go to Italy or somewhere, and they built the Colosseum when we were still living in mud huts!!! Just goes to show haha.

Anyway, once I got back from Dorset I managed 3 short runs in week 17. Pretty standard runs really, no improvement in the numbers. Just enjoyable jogs in the countryside, around where I live.

Week 17 – 4th July 2016 – Aerobic Base Run – 3.13m – 00:44:03 – 14:03min/m

Week 17 – 2nd August 2016 – Aerobic Base Run – 3.12m – 00:45:05 – 14:27min/m

Week 17 – 1st August 2016 – Aerobic Base Run – 3.11m – 00:44:27 – 14:18min/m

I have one short camping trip left this year, and that’s it for holidays. So barring any injuries or unforeseen circumstances. I should be able to ramp up my training over the coming months.

  1. Hi!

    What do you mean by a “Modified Ketogenic Diet”?



    1. Hi.
      Well I was listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast with Dom D’Agostino, and he defined what was Therapeutic and Nutritional Ketogenic diets. And said what most people actually do, is a modified Ketogenic diet. Basically slightly higher a carbs than strict keto, but still very low carb and high fat. You still use ketones and burn fat etc, but it is a little easier to stick to long term. Now and again I log what I eat and I generally eat between 50 and 80 grams of carbs per day. However when i am out and about I will have potatoes etc. Although I never have bread & pasta etc.


      1. Do you mean net carbo? Without fiber? Thanks

      2. No total carbs. I don’t bother counting net carbs. I just eat veg, some fruit, and protein then add a bit of fat. Which keeps me on track. I only track occasional days to make sure I am about right. I am not trying to drop a load of weight either, so just concerned about feeling healthy really.

  2. Thanks for that.
    Very interesting. I’ve heard of TF and I’ll be sure to check him out :))


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