so, this caveman thing has been a hoot [for the most part – dropping this bombshell of a lifestyle on smsmh and a cupboard full of pastas, rices, crackers, chips and a fridge full of bread? not such a good idea]; both the “wwcmd?” hilarity [that thunderclap is starting to pick up on; “hey daddy? cavemen like applesauce?”] and the fun of meal planning and prep. i’ll admit that i was a hungry beast for the week plus, but this past week it seems i’ve hit my stride. i’ve nailed down some go-to foods that seem to satiate well and have begun experimenting with different recipes and types of food.
this past week we had some epic [for california anyway] weather; water spouts, a tornado, snow down to 2,000’, multiple inches of rain in a day. good stuff, and good weather for a caveman to run in. hunger waits for no weather. so, out into the deluge i headed every day. by day four i was ready for some dry running, but still having fun with the idiocy that is heading out into the weather for some exercise. each run this past week had me feeling stronger and stronger. tempo with repete on thursday am was tough, but had me feeling great the rest of the day. friday’s trail run had me scoring some blood oranges along the route. yummy, nutritious, and with a side benefit of making the eater look like they just slaughtered an animal. caveman currency, right there!
sunday dawned without a cloud in the sky and i was up early for a longish run around back bay. i opted to run on an empty stomach and see how i fared. unfortunately, i had just purchased a case of gu, so with that sunk cost, i might as well use them up. i decided to use them sparingly, though. i met up with special k after a first loop around the bay and ran the second half of my run with him. the miles just flew by and before i knew it i was done with 21 miles. the surprising thing was that i had only consumed three gu’s in the space of three hours. that’s roughly 300 calories and i didn’t feel hungry at all during the run. my legs felt wonderful and ready to tackle many more miles, if i so chose. no joint pain, no real fatigue, but instead i was feeling excited and alive.
i was hungry by the time i got home, but not so much that i was going to drop into that hunger headache state. hours later the legs felt wonderful, too and i was still full of energy and quite alert. a day later, and there’s no doms going on. i don’t know what the deal is, but i’m feeling like a million bucks. i’m running un-injured, healthy and with boundless energy. the high that i’m on from this week has me wanting to grab some iron oxide and head to the local cave to document the hunt on the walls.
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