Well, as you have noticed, I have been experimenting with a low carb diet – a ketogenic diet and I am hooked. It has become more than an experiment, but a life altering change. Any diet that brings back bacon and eggs is alright in my book. I feel great, my blood work is awesome, and on top of that, I haven’t eaten a gel in over 75 days, let alone eaten during my runs. Sorry I am bad for business!
People bombard me with questions all the time and on the flip side I feel that I am preaching the Ketosis. Also there does not seem to be much documentation out there for endurance athletes. So one day I called up my buddies Anthony and Eric and told them I wanted to make a website that documented our keto journey. Three weeks later . . . Here it is! Check it out and tell me how crazy I am. May We Always Be Crazy! ~SKA Runner
RunKeto.com - We are Running on Ketones. This is not a typical story; we are three endurance athletes at different stages of our lives, who are experimenting with a low carb Ketogenic diet. We are not doctors or scientists, just athletes. Anthony is the youngest and the fastest, age 20, and prefers ultra road running. Eric (ZoomZoom), age 27, is ukulele playing mixed distance runner. Dan (SKA Runner), age 42, is new to running, prefers mountains ultras, and a bit of a computer geek. This site, www.RunKeto.com, will document our journey as endurance athletes implementing a low carb ketogenic diet in to our lives. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about our experiences.
Anthony: I was an average high school runner who skipped my last two track seasons to coach myself. Even then I had a strong interest in going far. I wanted to race to find out how hard I could push my body. I wanted to go further than anyone, even then. My senior year I met a guy who seemed to be what I wanted to become. It turns out he was. The guy’s name was Zach Gingerich, a soon-to-be Badwater 135 champion, and a person who seemed so full of passion that anyone would want to get in on what he had. A year later he invited me to join him at the Huff 50k in Indiana, a 33 mile trail race in the middle of winter. After starting off conservatively, I fell apart somewhere in the middle. My road racing had taught me that aid stations are for slow people, not me. I didn’t drink on any of my training runs, why would I drink and eat now? It turns out that’s not the best plan for running ultras. It was the worst racing experience that I’d ever had, but as I sat in the snow at the finish I contemplated my next ultra and how much better I could be. Like any ultrarunner hasn’t heard this story before?! It’s been over two years since Huff and I’ve moved from surviving 50k’s to being comfortable pushing hard the entire time. And I’ve been able to win a few races beyond marathon distance and even set a course record or two. With a couple 50 milers behind me and a few 100’s to come this summer, and with the addition of a ketogenic diet, I’m ready to move up in distance and prove myself as one of the best ultrarunners in the US.
Eric ZoomZoom: While I swim, bike, and run every week I am not a triathlete. What I am is a 27 year old, ukulele playing, keto eating, runner. My pay my bills working as an electrical engineer and I've been eating strictly keto since May 2012. I race every distance from the 1500 meter to the 50 mile but I'm only competitive at trail races and ultras. I started running in 2004 to lose weight and hated it. By the time I could run 3 miles I decided that I loved running. Since 2009 I've lost 47 lbs and kept it off.
I have a typical story, gained a few pounds, 55+ and started running before it got out of control. It was the perfect storm of events starting with knee surgery. I had to lose it before it got out of control and started running again; lost all my weight in 3 months. Then ran my first marathon (it happened to be a mountain marathon) in Spain, August 2011, and didn’t stop there. I am not the fastest or the most experienced, just a new runner with a passion. Presently, I am experimenting with a Ketogenic Diet for the sole purpose of bonkless endurance running; I am convinced and hooked . . . hard.