Primal middle aged middle distance runner
I'm almost 55 years old, and went 'primal' almost a year ago for health reasons (possible auto immune problems showing up in my nervous system). I am also a competitive runner, who races 400 meters up to 1 mile. Initial fears about losing the ability to train due to low carb intake were replaced with a nice light feeling as I very rapidly dropped 10 lbs of fat that I didn't even know I had, going from 160 to 150 at 5'11''. I feel like I'm still transforming. Training has becoming increasingly 'primal' also, especially the effort put in on non-quality training days...walking, some jogging, resting, all easy stuff. I also do strength and sprint type workouts that are pretty good fits to the primal blueprint ideas.
All this resulted in making it to the Masters Indoor national championships a few weeks ago in good health and taking 8'th place in both 800 meters and 1 mile, off of 10 miles per week max of running (as the oldest guy in my age group). Especially interesting was recovery between the two race days with a primal diet (steak for dinner, eggs and meat for breakfast, fruit and nuts galore). The recovery was MUCH better than in years past with traditional carb heavy pasta, oatmeal, etc. I felt great on the second day of racing.
This is me (in red) about 210 meters into the mile race.
I'm just getting back into building my speed and power after a bad knee injury a few years ago. PB has completely changed how I train, and I'm excited to see how fast my 2-mile time gets by the end of summer.