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Paleo & Running: New to the combo.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 18, 2012 at 8:02 PM

So I've been Paleo for 4 months. And I've been off running for 9 months, silly stress fracture and doctor's orders. But, now I'm looking at kicking it back up and doing another half marathon next year. So I'm curious now about combining the 2. I ran today for the first time and was shocked to see that my pace is only off by about 10 seconds, now, I just need to work on distance.

Any good fueling or non-fueling tips for running? And, how about running in Vibrams, yay or nay? I've owned my Vibrams for a bit and worn them plenty for, but not sure about running in them, I currently wear Nike Free Tr Fit with much love.

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on July 19, 2012
at 05:30 AM

Thanks for the tips! I've done lots of 5ks with ease, and a half marathon that didn't go as well. I'm hoping to train much better for my next one. After today's run I was totally craving a banana, but the one I had was past it's prime so I took a nap instead. I'll be playing with at least I e run a week after a fast, it will be interesting to see how it goes. Oh, and I hope to never eat any gels again, ugh!

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on July 19, 2012
at 05:27 AM

Thanks for the tip. I'll think about it if I decide to try out a different shoes. I'm pretty happy with my Frees, on my 5th pair.

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on July 18, 2012
at 09:39 PM

Right? And I'm sure there might have been games or races to fill time, that might have involved running. Nice job on your PR!

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on July 18, 2012
at 09:04 PM

Yay for a good change. I've been itching to get running again but was kind of not sure if it was what I really wanted to do. So today I just went for it and it felt great! This will be my second half, maybe I'll do a full in the future. Any time will likely beat my past timing because I stood in line to use a port-a-potty for 15 minutes because most of them were out of toilet paper! Wtf?! Happy training!

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on July 18, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I think I might try another style of VFFs for running, I have more of a women's Mary Jane style. I usually keep my carb intake around the same, 100g, but not against adding more if I felt I needed it.

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on July 18, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Yeah, I had eggs and bacon this morning before yoga, and then ran after and didn't feel like I was lacking in fuel. In the past I could have also had more inflammation from rice working against me. Still kind of in shock about my average pace! I'm thinking if I was to start using my VFFs for running I'd really start slow, and get a different style even, I have more of a women's Mary Jane style.

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on July 18, 2012
at 08:28 PM

I prefer Soft Star Shoes, or brands like Vivo barefoot, Soft Star's mocs are all hand made, leather, in a solar powered facility...most "paleo" shoe I can find aside from something mad entirely out of an animal. Vivo's are mostly made from recycled material.

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on July 19, 2012
at 02:32 AM

I mostly run 5K-10 mile races,

I tried coconut water. In the past I had used GU. It did not go well. Too sweet, gave me cramps (which I did not think it would).

Bananas, which previously I loathed, have become a great friend, especially before races.

One tip I have is that I try to run once a week near the end of my IF. It's either my tempo run or my long run. This really forces your body to fuel on fat. But you have to understand that your pace will be slower (you are running at a disadvantage). Run by feeling when you are running in a fasted state.

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

(1178)

on July 19, 2012
at 05:30 AM

Thanks for the tips! I've done lots of 5ks with ease, and a half marathon that didn't go as well. I'm hoping to train much better for my next one. After today's run I was totally craving a banana, but the one I had was past it's prime so I took a nap instead. I'll be playing with at least I e run a week after a fast, it will be interesting to see how it goes. Oh, and I hope to never eat any gels again, ugh!

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on July 18, 2012
at 08:58 PM

One (or perhaps more) of the paleo gurus have said that sprints and weight lifting were paleo, but not long distance running. That is pure nonsense. There are now south African bushmen who regularly run down game. We are mostly hairless so that we can stay cooler than our prey in the hot African sun.

Thanks to paleo and fermented foods, I did 4.88 miles yesterday in 60:25.00, my best so far. And I am 66 years old and had only 4.5 hours of sleep the night before. I felt great!!!

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

(1178)

on July 18, 2012
at 09:39 PM

Right? And I'm sure there might have been games or races to fill time, that might have involved running. Nice job on your PR!

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on July 18, 2012
at 08:45 PM

I've never been comfortable in the VFFs (though I do run in Merrell barefoot shoes), but my husband has been training for a marathon with me in them and has had great success.

This will be my second marathon and first following paleo/primal and I can already tell what a huge difference it's made. Last year I was struggling with ulcers, fatigued muscles, and a slew of injuries. So far this year I've already shaved a full TWO MINUTES off my average mile time. The only injury I've had was when I took a nosedive on a train run and sprained my hand. I feel wonderful and excited for my race in October.

I work best on higher carbs, so I load up on sweet potatoes, especially before and after long training runs. Any run over 10 miles I'll take a little bag of raisins with me for a boost.

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

(1178)

on July 18, 2012
at 09:04 PM

Yay for a good change. I've been itching to get running again but was kind of not sure if it was what I really wanted to do. So today I just went for it and it felt great! This will be my second half, maybe I'll do a full in the future. Any time will likely beat my past timing because I stood in line to use a port-a-potty for 15 minutes because most of them were out of toilet paper! Wtf?! Happy training!

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on July 18, 2012
at 08:11 PM

I'm a runner too, and when I started Paleo I had a couple of weeks where I was slower and less energy while my body adapted. Now I'm faster and have more endurance than ever! You're already thru the Paleo transition, so I'm not surprised to see your pace is only 10s off where you were. I tend to (now) run fasted or with just a cup of coffee in me. I used to eat something (carbs), but don't need it now. As far as the VFFs - I also run in them. Nothing to do with Paleo, but START SLOW even coming from Nike Free's. I still use my Nike's for longer (> 8-10 miles) runs. Good luck!

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

(1178)

on July 18, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Yeah, I had eggs and bacon this morning before yoga, and then ran after and didn't feel like I was lacking in fuel. In the past I could have also had more inflammation from rice working against me. Still kind of in shock about my average pace! I'm thinking if I was to start using my VFFs for running I'd really start slow, and get a different style even, I have more of a women's Mary Jane style.

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on July 18, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I run about 10-12 miles a few times a week in my VFFs. Never had any issues, although I think it might be time for a new pair because I'm starting to get some hot spots. My only warning: watch out for stumps and rocks (if your on trails).. I've lost a few toenails because of them.

As far as nutrition goes I don't do anything specific. I probably keep carbs around 100g a day.. sometimes more, sometimes less. I eat lots of berries, sweet potatoes, etc.

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(1178)

on July 18, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I think I might try another style of VFFs for running, I have more of a women's Mary Jane style. I usually keep my carb intake around the same, 100g, but not against adding more if I felt I needed it.

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