6 months and counting as a paleo ultrarunner

I’ve quickly learned that I’m not much of a blogger.  I’ve been really good with Instagram and documenting my journey to a 50 mile ultramarathon (12 days from now) and my Paleo / clean eating during this last 6 months, but blogging about it, I’ve not been as good.  So today we’ll recap the last 6 months in 2 ways, the Paleo part and the training part.

Running / Training for an Ultra

In simple summary it’s been good, but has had one very large set back.  I’m 42 and had taken a few years off running and training, had gotten a little out of shape, etc., and well I pushed too hard, too fast, too soon and too much.  I’ve been getting Physical Therapy 3 times a week for the past 4 weeks and will continue right up until the day before the race and most likely after the race.  Issue is extreme tightness in both quads and IT Bands causing serious knee pain.  This set back did cause me to miss / alter 6 long runs, including what should have been my longest at ~34 miles. Continue reading “6 months and counting as a paleo ultrarunner”

Paleo – 120(ish) days and counting!

If you are reading this there is little doubt that you already know that on November 1st, 2016, I started on a 21 day Paleo program.  Well I found great success and decided to keep going and this is a summary of my diet and my successes at the 120 day mark.

So what do you eat?

  • Organic and / or locally sourced Meat (Pork, beef, lamp, bison, whatever)
  • Wild and line caught fish (mainly salmon, shrimp and tuna, but I’ll try it all)
  • Organic free range eggs
  • Organic and / or locally sourced Vegetables (lots of broccoli, cauliflower, squash, cabbage, again I’ll eat it all, and with my wife being vegan / Paleo’ish I eat a lot of vegetables)
  • Organic Fruit (it’s off season on the east coast so we get what we can)
  • Raw unsalted nuts & seeds (roasted, turned to nut butter, turned to “cheese” raw / as is, any and all ways!)
  • No Rice, no pre-packaged foods (other then Paleo approved snack items), no Gluten (so no breads, no pasta, no flour), no oats, no potatoes (except sweet potatoes), no dairy, no beans / legumes, no sugar (unless it’s honey or maple syrup) etc.

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My longest run in a long time and finding the love in running

Tomorrow, Saturday, is my first 22 mile training run, in a long, long time.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m 11 weeks in to this current Ultra Training program, and have done two 18 milers and a 20 miler, but before this program, the longest I’d done was some poor half marathons each year for the last five years and the longest training run in 2 years was February of 2015 and that was a 15 miler.  2009 – 2011 was the peek in my running.  More Half Marathons  then I care to count (PB 1:37), 2 Full Marathons (average of 3:30 per) and an attempt at a 50 mile ultra (Dropped at mile 39 in order to prevent injury).  Then life changed and I just struggled to find a love for running, every run felt like a chore, and as my running base dropped each run became harder and harder, on my legs, on my lungs, on my mind.  Running became a chore and something I could easily opt to not do on any given day.

November 1 2016, was day 1 of my Paleo experiment and in the back of my head one of my hopes was that I would find a passion for running again.  At the time I did not have any races in mind, nor any running goals but I did secretly hope I’d find my love for running. Continue reading “My longest run in a long time and finding the love in running”

Being Paleo and on Vacation

Travel and being Paleo (and food conscious lifestyle for that fact) certainly can be challenging, and being on vacation can double that challenge.  You want to have fun, eat, relax and be like everyone else, but then that guilt could set in or you could accidentally make the jump and leave your new lifestyle.

So how do you balance following your healthy lifestyle while being on vacation and having fun in the sun (or wherever you might go)?

I’ll break it down to a few simple points that I followed on my first Paleo vacation (A resort for 4 nights in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) and the good news is:  I had fun, I did not stress, I did not stress out my wife or travel friends and I did not gain any weight! Continue reading “Being Paleo and on Vacation”

A tail of two GPS(s)

What GPS should I use?  That is the question I’ve started to pose to myself.

Susan got me UA heart-rate detecting headphones at Christmas and with those you get a year of premium Map My Run access.  With these headphones you need to open and start a workout with the UA Recorder App (which is really buggy) or Map My Run, I started playing with Map My Run, and like that I can load others routes, and look for routes in other cities when I’m travelling etc and I like the more accurate Heart Rate from the headphones vs. the integrated one, in my Forerunner and / or my Fitbit.

So starting in very late December I began running with 2 GPS, my Forerunner 225 GPS watch and my IPhone 6S with the Map My Run app.  I live in an urban area and am used to having a little bit of GPS trouble at the start of my run, before I get out on the river path which has no buildings etc to block GPS.  I started this experiment assuming that the GPS on my IPhone would be better, why assume this?  My IPhone is about a year newer then my Forerunner and it’s larger, so I assumed more “antenna”.  So which one is better?

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The long (cold, snowy, tech failed and Paleo) 18 M run

The long run.  For those that run “races”, usually Half Marathon or longer, you are familiar with this training day.  Typically a weekend morning, were you go out for a long run, I’d say 9 miles or longer.  Mine is generally on Sundays, unless Saturday will be just that much nicer out or I have something that will prevent me from getting out Sunday morning.  This Sunday was a scheduled 18 miles, and it didn’t go according to plan, but do they ever?  Also as mentioned on this site, long runs are not Paleo “friendly” so how do I fuel, before and during a long run?

This 18 mile run, was doomed to be challenging from the start.   Continue reading “The long (cold, snowy, tech failed and Paleo) 18 M run”

A day in Paleo meals

So for my first true blog post I thought I’d answer a potential question.

What does one eat in a day while following the Paleo diet?  Well let’s take that journey.  This was my day yesterday.

Breakfast

The morning does start with a double espresso

And then for literal breakfast.  Typically I have 2 eggs and a lot of vegetables, I may add an additional protein, like all natural bacon, or a wild salmon fillet.  Today was 4 cups of spinach, cooked with a blackening spice (think Cajun) quickly wilted on the stove.  Then quickly cooked two sunny side up eggs.

Trick for cooking those eggs, place a lid on the pan to steam the tops so you get all the white cooked without over cooking the yolk!  Also I do not like watery spinach, so I wash and spin dry (lettuce spinner) I also do not use any oil when I cook the spinach, I do not like a puddle on my plate. Continue reading “A day in Paleo meals”

So it begins

Well in fairness, this began on November 1st 2016, but I can’t and shouldn’t back date blog posts, so it begins today.

Let me take you back to about 2 weeks before November 1st.  I was looking for a change, I was feeling fat (in fairness I was not obese or anything of that nature most people probably didn’t even know I had some weight I wanted to lose, I always say I carried it well), I wanted to lose maybe 10 lbs, I wanted to get back in to running and maybe even attempt a second 50 mile Ultra-marathon in 2017.  I had tried cleanses before but this time I wanted it to be different, something that could be a lifestyle change, something I could, if I wanted to, maintain for life.  Having lots of health conscious and fit people in my life, Paleo was something that came up frequently, so I knew of it.  After doing some research, and ordering a couple books, I opted for a 21 day Paleo plan.  A guided day by day plan to keep e on the Paleo track and guide me to 3 weeks of success.

I made small changes 2 weeks leading up to Day 1 on November 1st, 2016 and on day 1, went full Paleo, including no alcohol, though I did keep coffee in (I drink 1, maybe 2 espresso, no sugar, no milk, per day).

Here are some of my Facebook posts through that 21 day journey: Continue reading “So it begins”