Quick-Start Primer for a Low-Carb Diet

If you’re thinking about trying a low-carb for weight-loss, here’s a post that will get you started right now. I’ve been eating primarily low-carb (with targeted exceptions for intense running training periods) for more than a year this time around, and find myself at the leanest I’ve ever been, even while…

Do You Need Carbs To Run Fast? Concluding The Experiment, Sort Of

Common wisdom says you need copious amounts of carbohydrate to run your best, but who doesn’t love challenging common wisdom once in a while? After reading the Art & Science  of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Volek and Phinney last year, and following the work of Dr. Timothy Noakes, who was kind enough to give…

Boston Marathon Recap, Diet and Injury Notes, Next Steps

It’s been a few weeks since Boston, and after whacking the race video footage I shot with my friend Bob’s Google Glass into a 15-minute course video, I’ve been working, traveling, taking the kids to track practice, and otherwise not thinking much about running – other than when taking some nice…

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How grass-fed beef can be affordable for a big family

Last night after work, I went out to my friend Ken’s farm in Candia, New Hampshire. It is a beautiful and bucolic place. Kris and I had invested in half a cow – which will supply the family with grass-fed, chemical-and-drug-free, locally raised beef for the next 9-12 months. After…

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12 workouts until Boston, a brief assessment of the season’s training

Here we are, fewer than three weeks until Boston 2014. I haven’t had much time to write, but I have been logging runs assiduously and will be able to share any useful details after the fact. In the meantime, here’s a quick update on the two primary experiments/tests of this…

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Unexpected Result of Carb Refeed – Real Running Finally?

Enjoyed the 180-degree alter-ego of Saturday’s long run debacle. You know, the one that prompted my, “I’m tired of this; I’m quitting running marathons,” post.  (Not to say I’m not eventually quitting marathons, but dang it, I’m going to run this one, and stay upbeat about it. It’s Boston, and…

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Arriba, Arriba, Carbs! (For A Day)

So I have been rigorously keeping off the sugar and grains, and staying low-carb, in ketosis, for four months solid; and for the most part loving the results, especially the body composition changes and enhanced brain-power and energy levels. That said, it’s not perfect, and I’ve also been doing some…

Even for a Carb-Fueled Runner, Focus on Fat Burning Can Help Your Marathon Times

I realize most marathoners aren’t going to chuck their pasta today try the experiment I’m living out – training for my 10th marathon on an extremely low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet. However, I believe that all marathoners can improve their times and decrease the likelihood of bonking at mile 20 by…

On the road again, and a 12-week training plan for Boston

A sunny, breezy, 20F (-6C) morning here in Manchester, New Hampshire, to tackle what I consider my first official Boston training run, and my first run outdoors since the Stone Cat 50 miler on Nov. 2, 2013. I’ll take the occasion to share what I hope is workable 12-week training…

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And Another Runner Goes #NSNG, Solves Lifelong Stomach Issues

Funny how many people I’m in touch with lately who are experimenting with high-fat, low-carb (HFLC), no sugar, no grain (NSNG) eating for purposes outside of weight loss. Runners looking to improve performance and solve a variety of different gastric and metabolic issues. My friend Ron is a good example…