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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.


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