I've run six marathons. My most recent was the first one where I trained almost totally paleo, and it was also my fastest (3:38). The most important things to do when taking on a long-term running program are:
I used to be until a knee injury sidelined me. I am doing paleo and crossfire as part of my rehab to keep in shape but I plan to start logging the miles soon. I would like to hit a marathon in about 6-8 months.
I love running -- I ran a (3:25-hr) marathon and used to run 40+ miles a week. I've cut down a lot of running in favor of resistance training, yoga and some biking. Now I do about 25 miles a week. I'm afraid I love it too much (addicted to endorphins?) to give up my long runs for good, but haven't noticed a difference in my pace with less mileage - in fact, I ran just 17 miles of a relay at a 6:45min-mi pace, which is fast for me.
I think some are more okay with distance running than others, but think that marathons are likely unhealthy for most. Discounting sprints, I don't think endurance running is the way to go if you need to lose weight. I'll have to post some before/after photos because I'm already noticing a difference lifting more and eating paleo. I also eat way fewer, but not "low" carb and still feel pretty good. Anyway, I'm open to experimentation with my workouts and mileage, so I'm interested to hear what other people think.
I used to log about 100km a week, until I got knocked over by a cyclist and have suffered a cascade of injuries since. That was 6 months ago.
Fingers crossed that 2 months or so and I'll be running again. I miss it.
Nothing quite like getting on mountain trail with just you and the wind and running for 3-4 hours. :)
I'm just delving into the distance running world (10+ miles on weekends), done all in five-fingers, sometimes fasted, always the best part of my week. I do weight training circuits during the week for balance but I will never look forward to them as much as my long runs. I'm running my first marathon in January and have friends lined up to hand me hot sweet potatoes at aid stations - unfortunately they won't run with me, and that companionship is the only thing I'm missing from my running. Persistence hunts probably weren't done entirely alone....
I used to be massively into running. I was never that great but i did bust out a 2h54m marathon in 2007. Shortly afterwards i got sidelined with various inflammation-related problems. It's actually one of the main reasons i ended up palaeo. After literally three or four years of very low mileage (maybe 15 miles a week), over the past few months i've found my body can tolerate a bit more. I'm doing 30-40 miles a week at the moment. I've not got any marathon plans in the near future but i'm working on getting my 5km PB down. I ran 17m28s last weekend - i'd like to get under 17m by next Spring.
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