I previously posted about Heart Disease and Long Distance Running. http://paleohacks.com/questions/2469/long-distance-running-and-heart-disease
Now comes a letter from a reader Cynthia, to Richard's blog regarding Long Distance Running and Paleo and why paleo people are so down on distance running....which generated lots of comments. http://freetheanimal.com/2010/04/born-to-run.html
Cynthia linked to a posting by Jimmy Moore back in 2008 regarding a newspaper columnist in Atlanta that was espousing a carb loading regime for peak performance for endurance marathon running. http://onyx-ii.com/starr-rhapsody/lowcarb/no_carb_runner.html
The author of the blog invited Charles Washington, author of Zeroing in on Health (ZIOH) blogg http://www.zeroinginonhealth.com/ who is also a runner to comment on the high carb advice of the newspaper person. Charles basically nukes the columnist's high carb regime with the reasons why a zero carb/low carb diet is vastly superior.
I really like the part about how a paleo diet prevents the muscle aches and prevents runners from "hitting the wall" which most carb loading runners experience.
Very good information for athletes as well as those of us just looking to live a healthy, happy, pain free life for the remaining time we have left in this lifetime.
I am beginning to think that all the cardiac deaths that occur after folks going for a jog is more due to the SAD than the actual running itself. I am still not a fan of the pounding the body takes, but perhaps the body can withstand the pounding much better on a paleo diet.
What do you think? Have we pre programed our lifespans because of SAD for so many years of our lives? And can we extend our lifetimes out to say 100 plus years of quality living before expiring? Does that one lapse a week...that cheat meal...ruin our ability to live a long, healthy, pain free, happy life?