What has natural got to do with it? Do you all wear leather shoes scrapped from skins of dead animals, with no plastic or rubber in their construction at all and how about your clothes, natural has nothing to do with it.
Sorry! But until you answer yes to all of those then there is no natural argument, held together by natural glue, and not of course a machine in site for any of the construction.
Nature has everything to do with it booktrunk, it takes millions of years for humans to adapt to food change - we have not adapted to our over-indulgence of carbs. The idea behind paleo diets is to return to the default diet of our ancestors which is very low carb. For me this is a very good "natural" argument and is scientific if you sample the research
Carbs = unessential nutrient
Protein = essential nutrient
Fat = essential nutrient
If the Endurance theory is true (the lieberman theory that we changed to a protein diet when we came out of the trees) THAT took aeons of of evolution, we can't expect the human body to suddenly adapt to eating sugar by the lorry load as with the modern processed food diet, and (in many cases) the runners diet
. If you stuff your body full of sugar (rice, pasta, potaoes) when you run your body will use the easiest source of fuel (carbs/sugar) but the prefered source of fuel for a runner is FAT - fact not fiction. We have inadvertently trained our bodies to run on carbs which it doesn't actually need, remember their is no such thing as essential carb, it's a luxury.
Just my opinion but this information is backed up with lots of evidence already talked about on here.
Give this a whirl booktrunk, might change your approach in years to come. Worth a listen if your a runner!
I had always been a CARB crucher but I'm starting to switch to lower carb currently. the evidence for high fat, high protein not only healthier than high carb low fat, but also good for us runners if the right strategy is used.
I live in hope
I'm not 100% converted on the idea of low carb because I haven't finished my experiment of one yet but things are looking good so far. The research my wife and I have been reading the last month or so has meant a re-thing on what we used to believe and a shift in our diets. Call it a fad if you wish...
thanks booktrunk for the description - I shouldn't get lost with any luck!. I'll do a 15 mile loop within next month - sometimes they invite you down to run the course I read somewhere? I'll have to check their site, but will defo run the course soon. I'll let you know how I get on.
Thanks for replies! some food for thought definitely.
Booktrunk I tried your link so I could view the course more accurately (will go down and run one of the loops soon and the map on their site isn't the best) -but the link doesn't work for me. Even if i log into garmin first I just get the following message:
"You do not have sufficient privileges to view the activity with id 361844852."
?? umm. if you know how to get around this let me know, a map would be great!
think i'll be electing for 4 runs a week with 2 cycling days (1 rest day) I just remain hesitant on mileage and wondering whether to include longer runs during the week but I'll figure it out.
I’m about to train for my first ultra - Ladybower 50 miles on 21st September (UK) – I will start a 16 week training plan on 2nd June and I have a couple of questions/concerns. ..
I’ve recently ran Blackpool Marathon in 4:00:02 (PB) and I’ve ran 4 marathons in total, 2 in 2011 one in 2009.
Ran Half marathon in 1:44 (2012) and 10K in 47:45 (2011) and I’ve been running for 10 years or so.
Over the last 18 months I have made the transition to minimalist shoes (vibram fivefingers kso and bikila’s) and I run barefoot quite regularly 4 or 5 mile stints – barefoot running is something I will include in my ultra training but will spend most of my running in vibrams (but you never know!)
I’m designing my own program after reading info on the net and I’m piecing together what I think will suit my needs. My 2 main questions/concerns are these:
1: The FIRST training method, “Run Fast, Run Less”
Can I use the FIRST training method for ultras? This technique is typically used for marathon training and has only 3 runs a week, with 3 cross training days and one rest day - because the runs are higher intensity (intervals, tempos and a marathon-paced long run) the program provides enough fitness for the marathon for less mileage. I was thinking of the possibility of doing the same for ultra training and to include one back to back long run 4 weeks before the race (30 mile then 15 miles respectively) – I do understand the value of running more miles when training for an ultra but I’m thinking maybe a compromise of 4 runs, 2 cross training days and a complete rest day, the extra run could be a recovery run. Your thoughts?
2: Walk / run ratio?
What ratio of walk/run would you suggest for the long run? I’ve read a ratio of 5:1 is a good place to start – I’m a little downbeat about running 1 mile out of every 6 (that would mean walking for 20 minutes out of every 6 miles) - I’m considering running 4 miles then walk 1/4mile or maybe 5 miles then walk 1/2mile. I will experiment with this during training, of course, but what are your thoughts on this, from your experience? Should I stick with 5:1 ratio, running 5 miles then walking 1 mile? Or should I opt for a shorter walk period and experiment with that?