The High Fat Diet of an Ultra Runner

The High Fat Diet of an Ultra Runner

connecting with nature going out for long runs has really opened up my mind to be free and I think that's led to me feeling this passion that's led me to running and running for long distances my name is Timothy Olson and I'm an ultra mountain runner the ultra distance is anything farther than 26.2 the marathon distance I run anywhere from 50 miles to 100 mile racists I prefer to do them in the mountains lots of vertical gain altitude that's what I love I think to get into ultrarunning you have to be crazy when I first heard of ultrarunning I thought like this is this is wild who would want to run for a hundred miles like straight like no sleeping and minimal food and water and a few months after I ran my first 50k I paced someone on a hundred mile run so I was running with him and just watching him just have just a miserable time you know body shutting down throwing up all the places it looked like an awful experience and instead of being like gosh this looks terrible I'll never do something like this I'm like this is awesome when can I sign up for something like this it was kind of the choice right there where I could have said this is crazy I don't need to do this but for me I just really fell in love with it I like the challenge that really energetic connection to nature and getting to explore a beautiful place on my own two feet you one of the reasons I moved here was to prepare for the mountainous running that I'm that I'm doing and what the racists and the races that I really love our stuff that goes straight up something like this I think I had at one point a pretty messed up version of a passion of being addicted I was just looking for the next tide and care about myself I didn't care about anybody ended up being arrested for drugs and you know on probation for you for years even like using ketamine sometime a horse tranquilizer I was passionately addicted to drugs and I just needed to turn that passion towards something more healthy so like switching over to running and eventually ultra running I think was a way to like heal my body heal my mind and and then it turned into so much more this is the type of that I'm running through at Mile 80 and race and if you can make your way through this when you're feeling crappy you're going to be doing good in race so training in it it's great you know hundred miles you can't like you can't just rely on sugar the whole time like that's some people do it but a lot of people crash and burn you know in a 100 mile race some people will have up to like 40 or 50 gels which I can't even fathom putting that much stuff in my stomach like I you know I feel my stomach feels a little off after you know 5 or 10 gels and that's why – in like honey mile race especially like mountain it's races I use other things as well a good recovery meal after a hard run in the mountains and I'll bring this with me all the time is just an avocado and a bison bar here a bunch of good fats good protein for recovery and it's super tasty – I've really adapted my body to use fat as its fuel and like hence why I use a lot of like really good fats why I have you know use a picado a lot so this is person grass fed bison a little bit of bacon and cranberry 11 grams of protein basically just a meal in a bar over the years I've adapted to basics is just a whole food type of diet which is like this primal paleo esque type of diet where I just you know eat real good clean food and I feel it has helped my runni immensely just you know just way of life for me it's just I really prioritize what goes in my body and how I feel and I want to enjoy life and I want to live a long healthy blissful life can I get eight chicken thighs interval bone-in and with the skin yeah you like chicken are we gonna cook some you excited which one do you want that is everything expulsion yeah definitely spend a lot on food but it's you know a priority to us so we like to do that everything you buy is like a vote for what they're gonna stock for you Oh any couple last one okay and I think that's it Co going off we're good yeah not the light one not like so like all of it we want all the fat we can get yeah we got all right I think we're good right so now we're on route to go home make dinner can you sing us a song bud all right the good song more MORE yeah nice home sweet home welcome to the Olson household we are gonna cook some dinner here tonight getting ready for an ultra race I like to eat really clean and a very low carb high fat good clean protein prior to a race I really try to get my body really fat adapted and what I mean by that is I'm able to really burn fat is my fuel and then when I run I'm able to tap into that that fat storage and I can burn that at a good level and then I don't need as many calories a good example of what my stomach was doing before I switched over to a more paleo primal type way was Western states a hundred mile race that I ran the first time towards the end of the race after you know lots of heat and lots of gels and whatnot I ended up taking a crap in the woods like 20-some times in the last like 30 miles of the race all I could do is I've run for a while and then I try to eat a gel or eat something and like instantly I was in the bushes that's something I wanted to change that's when I switched to more primal like grain-free type diet I had huge success with it I think it works really well for mountain running – because you're hiking a lot out there you're spending a lot of time and you need to have you know that good fuel burning type thing going on coconut oil started my day with that starting with fat like that's just what I use and start running with and I mean basically that's what I've done with my diet is teaching my body to thrive off of fat and that allows me to have my stomach not bothering me as much and I feel like recover faster as well yeah yep good hair coconut oil we use for very many things even the morning we do this thing called oil pulling and coconut oil is a really good antibacterial eight so we swish it in our mouth just like you would like Listerine or something except a little bit longer like ten minutes and it helps to clean your teeth it helps to get rid of any bacteria and got a fresh mouth and you spit that out and then if you want you can grab some and moisturize we really like oil we drink the kool-aid on the coconut oil yeah alright we got here we got some asparagus zucchini pasta with cream garlic cashew cream sauce and then the carrots with the same sauce but actually this is a little kick in it's a little cayenne pepper and some ginger garlic and then our chicken with again with garlic some broth and some mushrooms lemon water really like women these days sweet boy oh yeah we have a cup of it oh my and squeeze cheers Cheers the meditation I've been doing recently it has a little form of like visualization in that process it's just kind of like envisioning a ball of light moving to different points in my body and so I kind of visualize that going up and down and it really helps me to really tune into my body but it also when I'm running I visualize the same thing so another thing that meditation has helped me with over the years is really just you know learning to quiet my mind you know years ago I definitely had just in excess of like mental jibber-jabber going on I think meditation really helps me to just be in the present moment and I think that's the only way to function in life is just being very aware of what's going on right now and that's where I want to be when I run we're in Chautauqua right now I'm gonna go play around in these trails a little bit in front of Flatirons and then we'll run up through Gregory Canyon over to Ranger which will take us up to two green it's only probably you know maybe five miles or something total to get up to the top and then back down like ten miles or something round-trip but more so it's a lot of good vertical gain and steep technical terrain too so you climb like 3,000 feet in that which is pretty pretty awesome I went to gets all snowy icy out here nice to have on a little bit more traction so these kind of help me do a grip you got a good little spike on the end it's a windy today really windy I mean beautiful sunny day we got some good bright Sun but it is really windy so I'll floss around a little while now I got some traction can run when I come out to the trails I you know it's this this place to be wild and free and just be very peaceful and so I come out here and and I'm able to like just really tap into my body really feel what's going on once I tap into that very like Zen type of flow I'm able to get into a really nice rhythm with running and I'm just understanding what my body needs understanding when I can push it when I need to back down a little bit and when you have that awareness in your body you're able to I think push yourself in different areas connecting with like the land connected with nature going out for long runs has really opened up my mind opened up my heart to be free and I think that's led to me feeling this inspiration and feeling this passion that's led me to running and running for long distances and being surrounded by things that I love and this is this is what I love and I think when you turn exercise into play it's not exercise anymore and you just get to be free and then it just turns life into this this game and this just really blissful happy spot to be I just got back from a run it's a green smoothie time so I got most already here bunch of kale some fruit we got some berries and some banana I like to add a little bit more superfood this is just a you know a good recovery after a hard day of running you spend the day out there and it's nice to just get some really good nutrients like right away to you so blending it all up is just making it more bioavailable I can I have a meal in like a couple minutes which you know I like to cook a lot of my food so speeding up the process is a nice nice bonus nice pretty tasty so good

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26 thoughts on “The High Fat Diet of an Ultra Runner

  1. going on a high fat diet is one of the greatest things i have ever done in my life…so much more energy throughout the day

  2. Damn and I feel accomplished when I run 5 miles >,< that’s awesome though I’m always happy to see people turn it around and inspire others!

    My god though so many ads you assholes

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