December 24 2018

I’m Able To Train Harder and Recover Better

By Mark Sisson

It’s Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

My Primal Story begins with myself being an athlete most of my life. I am 37-years-old, have had 4 back surgeries, and currently consider myself an endurance runner. I only began running in 2012. As I have increased my mileage and ability, my body has changed. I never used to think about my diet and how it affects my health.

Recently, I mean this past November 2016, I knew I needed to make a change. I was always in GI distress during and after my longer races or harder efforts of training runs or shorter races. I was referred to the Primal Diet by a friend and it all began making sense.

After implementing these methods, the change was remarkable. After three weeks, my body responded very well. I was able to recover sooner (zero ibuprofen when I used to take it a few times a week) after my long runs or races. My GI distress disappeared…I mean gone! My skin cleared up where I used to have minor blemishes on my face and back. I dropped 8 lbs—173 to 165. That doesn’t seem like much, but I didn’t have a lot to lose and my goal was not to lose weight. It was mainly, in my opinion, bloating, water retention, and a general cleansing of my system that lost me the 8 lbs.

I am able to train harder, recover better, and my energy levels are through the roof. I am so pleased with my transformation that I find it very hard to even think about “cheating” with my diet and really do not have an urge to anyway. I don’t take a lot of photos or use social media that much, but attached are a couple of photos. Again, my transformation is not that much in the physical appearance category, but overall health in general. I am the guy in the green shirt in the picture on the bridge. The other picture is of my daughter and myself before our daddy daughter dance.

Thank you,

Jason G.

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  1. Nice pictures and story. What do you eat when you are doing endurance runs? I’m always curious as people say that some type of sugar is needed for long mileage.
    Happy Holidays!

    1. On a 50 miler that I took 3rd on recently, I only ate an avocado, macadamia nuts, and two larabars. I also had four salt tabs and water when thirsty. I’ve found that I don’t need as much fuel as I used too. I hope this helps-Jason-

  2. I just wanted to say that I like your blog a lot and I can always find here inspiring stories 🙂

    Thank you for your work and merry Christmas!



  3. Is that the bridge over the Pemigewasset River in the New Hampshire White Mountains?

  4. This lifestyle is so incredibly simple. I adopted a Primal way of eating several years ago with great results. (I lost 70 lbs of excess body fat) But until recently I was still engaging in what Mark calls “Chronic exercise patterns”. After adopting Primal Movement principles I’m also recovering better, have less joint pain and the weight continues to drop. Congratulations on your amazing journey towards better health and inspiring others!