Endurance training on a “low-carb” diet.

I am one of those people that truly believe that the nutritional standards we grew up on as children has contributed to the obesity epidemic. Do yourself a favor and read Dr. William Davis’ book, Wheat Belly, if you want to just have a small glimpse into some of this evidence. His book is the reason why I steer clear of wheat in every way possible. A couple years ago when I was training hard, I would find myself listening to many podcasts from Ben Greenfield, who also happened to be my coach at the time. His advice truly helped me reach my goals, but one episode in particular really changed my training protocol for the better. Ben was always very “pro fat” and about eating healthy carbs while training, but when I heard the episode with Zach Bitter on Endurance
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What does it take to run a sub 3 hour marathon?

Let’s break this down so that we can be as realistic as possible. Sub 3 hours is tough feat and something that not many people are able to do in the running world. So what does it mean to run under 3 hours in a marathon? A 3:00 marathon is approximately 6:50min/mile… for 26.2 miles. That is flying. Not to mention I am almost 6 and a half feet tall, and not built like your typical marathoner. When you break it down, this is what I am up against on the way to this goal. To break 3 hours, I should eventually be capable of a sub-1:25 half marathon (approx 6:30min/mile). I need to accomplish this by the end of the year or sooner. Another good gauge would be a sub-38:00 10K (approx 6:00min/mile). I have never hit either one of those marks, but
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Week 2 and dealing with a cold.

Week 2 was tough, but I was able to keep everything but my health on track. I have been able to maintain a state of Ketosis since I started about two weeks ago. I jumpstarted my diet by cutting out all but about 30 grams of carbs and really ramping up my fat intake. I love coffee, and find a great way to start your day is by throwing a little butter in that cup to help get things started. I use Monday as my recovery day, and actually had two this week while I got my body a bit more into a state of fitness. Tuesday was an interval day with about 3 miles of intervals on the treadmill downstairs. I even brought the wife and babies out to Central Park for a nice jog this weekend to help
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Starting the journey for a second time.

Back in 2009, I had let myself go physically. I was 24 and weighed a bit over 270 lbs. The only thing going for me was that I was 6 feet 5 inches tall, so I was able to carry that much weight a bit better than most. However, it was easy to see that I was, in fact, fat. I lived in the beautiful town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at the time. Coeur d’Alene is full of outdoor activities all year. In the winter, ski slopes and cross country skiing are very popular activities. In the summer, the town comes alive with lake activities and hundreds of miles of activities that make it easy for anyone to cycle or run without worrying about cars and people. Each year, Coeur d’Alene hosts the annual Ironman Coeur d’Alene competition. Thousands of athletes come out
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