Runners world and Running Times magazines both had articles on low carb diets and running and overall came out against them (I believe it was the May 2004 issues, check your local library).
The problem is, your primary fuels while running will be 1) glycogen, from the carbohydrates and 2)stored body fat (on longer runs)
Cutting out the carbohydrates will drastically reduce your ability to run well.
Lowering them, on the other hand, may be what you need, if you have been over indulging them (watch me go after a pizza some day... keep your extremities away from the box!)
Overall, I wouldn't think it's taboo, it is just that the low carb diets are really intended for couch potatoes that want to lose weight. In the case of someone who is doing any serious fitness program (whether it's running or dancing or NBA/WNBA basketball) carbohydrates are essential. Maybe not by the truckload the way I like them, but still essential.
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