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Born to Run! Harlem to Brooklyn

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If you are in New York (or there about) on Wed August 11th you need to peel your shoes off and RUN!

John Durant and Born to Run Author Christopher McDougal have organized an 8 mile run that even my endurance-adverse-self would go for. This event is barefoot running oriented, but everyone is invited to participate.


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  1. Eric
    August 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Really cool, John Durant is awesome.

  2. Ryan
    August 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Hey Robb, I don’t know exactly where to leave you a question at, and I don’t know if this one qualifies for the podcast or not, but I was wondering if a paleo diet could have an adverse effect on some people. Just like you talk about those who are slightly more tolerant of grains/beans, or the genetic wonders out there, but in a reverse situation.

    I ask because I just recently had a partial blood panel draw and was surprised by the results which I got back.
    The following are some of the numbers I had this test, and have never had high results before.

    BUN: 33mg/dL
    Serum Cre: 1.5 mg/dL
    Potassium: 5.2
    Calcium: 10.4
    Uric Acid: 8.8 mg/dL
    Bilirubin, total: 2 mg/dL (1.5 of which measured indirect bilirubin)
    Cholesterol: 269! (never been higher then 180)
    LDL: 191.2
    Glucose (Clinical) was only 84 [ just a side note ]
    everything else fell within normal range, and most of them falling somewhere around the middle of the acceptable ranges

    Here are some of the breakdown factors which I can think may have contributed to this, but am not positive.

    First the basics.
    Male, 28, 185, 9-10% bf
    CF 1-2x per week; Strength 2-3x per week; body weight circuits with runs 2-3x per week.
    Fish Oil (Nordic Nat), 2-4g per day, 80-85% paleo
    (when I am not “paleo”, it will either be ice cream or sometimes baked goods, but I do live on the outskirts of paleo, not fully in the city)
    Sleep soundly 10pm-6am, or a very close variation 7 nights a week

    Now the gusto.
    Prior to my lab testing for about 4-5 days, my meals consisted of 6-8 eggs per day, Kerrygold butter, coconut milk, blueberries, chicken (caged), avocado, zucchini, pork ribs, shrimp, wild orange roughy, and spinach. All meats prepared were trimmed or boiled of fats before the final cooking, and butter was used only in preparation of eggs (about 1 Tbsp daily) No slips off those foods in the 4-5 days, and I know that isn’t really even a long time to go without slipping, just wanted to add in that side note. Water intake during that time was around 100-120oz per day, but normally falls out around 60oz or so. When I workout I sweat, and it’s 100+ in Fresno right now, so I sweat a lot when I’m moving.

    From what I could gather from google, the only things that I can piece together would be a higher then normal protein intake and possible slight dehydration from my results, although my urine was clear? But why so high of cholesterol? I can only assume all the eggs and butter, but then have it in the back of my head that dietary cholesterol does not directly transfer over to the CHOL that we find in the blood? Any response would help me understand things a little better, or any suggestions would be immediately put into play. I’ve already picked up the obvious just seeing it in front of me to increase my water, but also thinking decrease fat slightly, and switch out some proteins for more veg?

    Thanks for any insights you can provide

  3. dan
    August 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    hey rob,
    did you read the book born to run? i was curious about your thoughts on it. it has some diet and evolutionary stuff in it – i read it a while ago, but if i remember correctly they said that our evolutionary ancestors were built for long long distance running and that they were mostly vegetarian only eating meat once in a while when they hunted animals by chasing them over long distances until they dropped dead from exhaustion.

    • Robb Wolf
      August 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

      Dan-
      Born To Run has much right, but unfortunately, the food is quite off the mark.

  4. Lojasmo
    August 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Ryan: drink more water. Your renal function is impaired.

  5. Ryan
    August 11, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Thanks Lojasmo, I’ve been trying to increase it steadily. I’ll get it all retested in a few months after going a little more strict on everything and taking in more water and see what changes I could come up with.

    Also Robb, a few details I forgot in my last post, my CF workouts are always under 10 min, and my blood panel was drawn 13 hours fasted, with last meal being a shrimp curry (if that matters)

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