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  • Just did a Primal Ultra

    I accidentally posted this in the "fitness" section before I realized it should go here:
    Well, this was a my experiment. I decided to do a Primal Ultra (50k on trails).
    I ate dead strict Primal 100% for 3 months before the race. Prior to that it was 80/20.
    I trained for this by doing HIIT and Heavy Strength training 5 days a week, (in addition to my doing BJJ/Muay Thai/MMA as I own an academy)
    I did only one long run (should be called a speed hike as I hike all the hills, I only run the downs, and jog the flats) per week. Kept my heart rate under 75% on all long runs. I was also in VFFS for all runs and conditioning.
    I did all my training runs fasted and using only coconut water.
    I built up to a 20 miler as my last training run.
    Race Day: ate eggs scrambled in bacon grease. coffee with pastured heavy cream. During the race I ate only these little energy balls made from a recipe in the Thrive Diet book made of coconut oil, dates, lime juice, and I added guarana for some extra kick. Drank only coconut water and regular water. Wore VFF treks. Kept an average heart rate of 76% (1 damn % higher than I wanted). finished in 8:12 (50k). Not setting records, but I've never done any race before. Not a 5k, nothing. So this was a TOTAL experiment.
    It is possible to do an ultra without breaking any Primal lifestyle parameters. Just felt like proving it. Why... no idea. Just decided I wanted to. I know people might bag on it, but I thought somebody may enjoy hearing about the success of it.

  • #2
    That's awesome Jay! Shows that you don't have to be neck deep in CW to do extreme sporting!

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    • #3
      Totally cool and very inspirational! Keep up the great work, man.

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      • #4
        Fantastic!!!
        Rangers Lead the Way, Hooah!

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        • #5
          That is phenominal! There's no better advertising than success stories like that!

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          • #6
            Jay,

            You are my hero!!!! That is awesome!!! I ran a 33 mile race back in February but with a totally different diet and training methods as you can imagine. I don't plan on doing any ultras in the near future but it is nice to know it can be done primally if I want too.

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            • #7
              Outstanding! That's some seriously hardcore effort. Congrats, man.
              “Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind.” Unknown

              "Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general." - Mark Rippetoe

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              • #8
                Respect!
                Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

                My journal

                I see grain people...

                Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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                • #9
                  Hey, what did your HIIT compose of?

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                  • #10
                    Thank you for sharing! It gives me hope for my future marathons and ultras

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                    • #11
                      I did a 20M hike in VFF in 12h. No running thou but pretty extreme climbing and then descending with backpack. Very strenuous, I'm about 20g carbs a day and was the fastest in my group. Running a marathon soon. Still debating about barefoot or vff

                      If it would be just me, same hike would be 9h or less, I was waiting for my group alot of times, doing 20-30 pauses because of that. Paused at the top 11.5k ft to have lunch, for about another 45 minutes.

                      Encountered a bear at the descent... heh...
                      Last edited by MichaelA; 06-27-2010, 03:31 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MichaelA View Post

                        Encountered a bear at the descent... heh...
                        Shouldn't be a problem as long you were the fastest in your group. You only need to be faster than your friend to escape the bear. Way to go on the hike though. Impressive.
                        Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

                        My journal

                        I see grain people...

                        Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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                        • #13
                          Definite inspiration thanks for posting your story! Also in answering my question if you can avoid grains as a way of getting energy during the run.

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                          • #14
                            Congrat, my first race ever was a marathon, so I know how daunting it can be. I'm planning on running a 50mi ultra in May, so glad to see another account of someone doing it primal. Those energy balls with the guarana sound pretty money-
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