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Hi everyone, I'm new to Paleo and I have a 50 mile run, some tips would be great

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  • #16
    Originally posted by Ernst View Post
    Thanks for the tips guys. I used to eat a lot of mashed potatoes when I was training. We all know PB says not to eat starch but most of the primal athletes do for glycogen replenishment and storage purposes.

    Would there be any negative effects of sweet potatoes in my diet? I think I would only eat them when I get done with a hard days of training or a day or 2 before a long run. Any other time, I will be strict paleo.
    Read this post by Mark Sweet potatoes are fine.


    • #17
      Hey thank much Harry.

      Every one has been really helpful on this forum.


      • #18
        I ran a 50 miler several years ago. Training for it was tough- 25 miles on Sat and 25 miles on Sunday. Massage on Monday and just a few miles during the week. Don't know how I would approach the event being Primal. I really think you will need to store glycogen in your muscles prior - fruit, dried fruits, paired with nuts/seeds. Test out foods during your training. At that time, I was using fig newtons, gels etc. Maybe Lara bars would be a good choice since they usually only contain 2 or 3 ingredients like cashews and dates etc. My best marathon (3hrs and 12 seconds) was done after a pre race meal of peanut butter, banana, and raisins on sprouted bread. My buddies were all chowing down on pasta. Ezekial bread could be an option for you....
        Good luck!!!


        • #19
          Some info on natural running fuels on this page:


          • #20
            Wow your a savior SeanC!!!

            Great link, THANK!


            • #21
              NP Ernst. I thought it was a fantastic link. I PM'd Pokiey with the link because I thought he started the thread...OOPS. I guess I should have PM'd you. If you liked that link there is also a book called Thrive. The guy is a Vegan athlete. Lots of recipes for energy food in there. Not totally primal but WAAYYY closer than anything you could buy and A LOT cheaper to make yourself.


              • #22
                Wow thanks man. I love reading books that can further improve my health and athleticism. You've been a gem, thanks so much.


                • #23
                  I know you said you aren't worried about the distance, but as an avid endurance athlete, I'm concerned that you are asking what your pace should be and the race is only two months away. That distance calls for about a year of preparation.

                  With that said, the general rule of thumb for a 50 miler is take your marathon time, double it, then add two hours. Only plan on 8 hours if you can currently qualify for Boston...

                  As for the VFF's. As someone else mentioned, if you are accustomed to running in traditional shoes, you do not have time to prepare to run 50 in a pair of VFF. Your calves will be on fire a few miles in. Even Vibram says to give yourself time.

                  Give yourself time. 50 miles is a noble goal, but not something to die over. Start training now and run that same race next year.