What to eat?

“I could not figure out what I needed, but I was confident that my body would know, in the same way that any other wild animal’s body knows. Each animal has its own unique evolved diet. It is easy to overlook some detail when you’re trying to play God. I would rely on my appetite. And the more I ran, the more I craved greasy pork chops.”

I love this quote from Bernd Heinrich’s book, Why We Run. Heinrich wrote this about his eating as he was training to set the 100k world record at age 41, which he did end up setting.

As runners, we become obsessed with what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. Why not simply listen to our bodies like other animals?

If you’re eating whole foods this sounds like wise advice.

Check out Salomon TV’s Video on Heinrich, he’s an interesting guy.

“Ideally, I’d like to be a bird, but running is a close second.”

Ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation, and stride rate amongst various shoes

I wanted see how various minimalist shoes affect my ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation and stride rate.

To do this I used my Garmin 920XT paired with the newest Garmin HRM. You can see the raw data here.

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PR103 Rich Roll – Plant Powered Performance

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I talk with author, podcaster, and athlete, Rich Roll about performing well on an all plant diet. Rich gave up drugs and alcohol while at the same time adopting a radical vegan eating strategy to fuel his desire to perform well in ultra-endurance sport. We talk about how to start eating healthy, eating healthily when busy, and how to turn your life around from drugs and alcohol.

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Vibram Fivefingers Vybrid Review

Vibram FiveFingers Vibryd

  • Too much toespring
  • Lacks the natural feel of other Vibram FiveFingers
  • Forefoot cushion doesn’t extend to toes, creating an unnatural amount of toespring
  • Big toe pocket too small, squeezes big toe

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EarthRunners Alpha X Review

EarthRunners Alpha X

  • True barefoot feeling
  • 11mm sole protects foot from rocks
  • Soft, supple leather footbed and laces
  • Completely flat sole; no toespring (a good thing)
  • Fun to wear, new running experience!

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PR102 Stephanie Gaudreau – Paleo Performance

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I talk with Stephanie Gaudrea about her book, Performance Paleo Cookbook. We talk about how to cook delicious paleo foods for optimal performance.

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TOPO Fli-Lyte Running Shoe Review

TOPO Fly-Lite is a lightweight show with minimal heel-to-toe drop.

It features a wide toebox, flexible sole, with moderate cushioning.

  • Very flexible sole
  • Wide toebox, allows natural toe splay
  • Minimal drop from heel to toe give natural ride that doesn’t interfere with natural mechanics

ZemGear TerraTECH Ninja

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  • Liked the flexible, thin sole
  • Liked speed lacing system
  • Like the ground feel, natural ride
  • Disliked rough material near end of toes
  • Disliked last of shoe, cut into pinky toe on one side

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Garmin 920XT vs 620 vs 220

Garmin 920XT is a huge improvement over the Garmin 620

A few key features:

  • Daily activity tracking
  • Sleep tracking (with built in accelerometer)
  • Smart watch features (see emails, text and other notifications)
  • Indoor run tracking through accelerometer
  • VO2 max estimates
  • Race predictor based on last runs HR and pace
  • Large easy to read screen
  • Vertical Oscillation tracking (with HR monitor)
  • Ground contact time tracking (with HRM)