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Ultrarunning and Fueling 'Paleo'

I completed the Whole30 Program in March 0f 2013. Basically it meant eating some good fats, a whole lot of vegetables of all kinds, meat/fish/poultry and a little fruit. It's delicious and satisfying, and I felt so incredible, I've continued to eat a Paleo diet.

After years of relying on gels, blocks and sugary food and drinks to fuel my long runs, I had to start from square one and work through a lot of trial and error, detailed in this post

In seeking answers I discovered there were other ultrarunners who were eating similarly and talking about it. Below are some links I hope you'll find helpful.

Heck, even Olympic gold medal triathletes and professional cyclists are jumping on the bandwagon.
Here are a few posts from others who have experimented with Very Low Carb or Ketogenic fueling:

My Experiences: Posts About Running on Paleo/Whole30

Do you eat Paleo, low carb, or simply eschew sugar and processed foods? I'd love to hear about your experiences!


  1. Hi I am new here and was wondering if anybody could advise me on what to fuel myself with for a 24hr run with a 100 miles to complete? I will have plenty of stops to refuel at my table as I will be running on a 400 meter track. All advice welcome.
    Thank you all.

    1. Hello, it depends -- and whatever you use you'll want to train with the same fuel. I use sweet potato, coconut milk and applesauce blend; EPIC bars and VFuel, with a few Nuun tabs for magnesium/calcium. I have also used VESPA with success.

  2. Hi Kirstin,
    We sell a freeze-dried backpacker meal that might work great for the Anonymous post above. We'd be willing to send you a free sample, if you're interested in helping us spread the word to the Paleo community and specifically to Paleo runners, who sometimes need a portable, lightweight, shelf stable Paleo meal. All you need to do is add water and eat from the pouch. Please let me know if you'd like more information.
    Dawn Anderson
    Managing Partner
    Paleo Meals To Go


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