So, Sunday (Oct 1 2017) was my next attempt at an Ultra. The Blues Cruise 50 K Ultra. Firstly, what a beautiful course in / around Blue Marsh National Recreation Area in the northwest of the city of Reading, Pennsylvania, USA. Very well organized, very well run, 7 themed aid stations and the attendance this year was the largest ever at 450 runners. Continue reading “Blues Cruise – 50K Ultra attempt”
So it’s been almost a year that I’ve been eating fully Paleo, with no cheat days, meals, etc. I’ve enjoyed it, and for the most part found it very easy (sometimes finding a restaurant takes time, but that is the only main challenge). Anyway, I had blood work done probably a month before becoming Paleo and decided it was about time to get blood work done again and see what has happened. Continue reading “Got a physical, what were the results?”
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.
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?
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”