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 races. I prefer to do them
in the mountains, lots of vertical gain,
altitude. That’s what I love. I think to get into ultra
running you have to be crazy. When I first heard
of ultra running, I thought like
this is wild, who would wanna run for
100 miles like straight, like no sleeping and on
minimum food and water. A few months after
I ran my first 50K, I paced someone on
a 100 mile run. So I was running
with him and just watching him have
just a miserable time. You know body
shutting down, throwing up all
over the place. 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? That 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. One of the reasons I
moved here was to prepare for the mountainous
running that I’m doing and the races. And the races that I
really love are 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 high. I didn’t care
about myself. I didn’t care
about anybody. Ended up being
arrested for drugs and on probation
for years even like using Kendemene sometime,
a horse tranquilizer. I was passionately
addicted to drugs and I just needed to
turn that passion to something more healthy. So like switching over
to like running and eventually ultra running
I think was a way to like heal my body, heal my mind and then it
turned into so much more. This is the type of shit
that I’m running through at mile 80 in a race. If you can make your
way through this when you’re
feeling crappy, then you’re going to be
good during the race. Training in it,
it’s great. In a hundred miles you
can’t just rely on sugar the whole time. 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 40 or
50 gels, which I couldn’t even fathom putting that
much stuff in my stomach. My stomach feels
a little off after 5 or 10 gels, and that’s why
too, in 100 mile races, especially mountainous
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 fat, good
protein for recovery. It’s super tasty too. I’ve really adapted my
body to use fat as its fuel, hence why I use a
lot of really good fats, why I use avocado a lot. So this is 100%
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, basically, just a whole food
type of diet, which is like this primal
paleo esque type of diet, where I just eat real,
good, clean food. And I feel it has helped
my running, mentally and just way of life. For me it’s just,
I really prioritize what goes in my body and
how I feel. And I wanna enjoy life
and I wanna live a long, healthy, blissful life. Can I get eight
chicken thighs? Bone in or boneless? Bone in and
with the skin. Do you like chicken? Are we gonna cook some? You excited? Which one do you want? Something else for you? That is everything. Thanks, boss.
Have a good night. Yep. Definitely spend
a lot on food, but it’s
a priority to us. So we like to do that, and everything you buy
is like a vote for what they’re gonna
stock for you. We need coconut milk. One last one, okay? And I think that’s it. Coconut milk and
we’re good? Yeah? Yeah, think so. Not the light one,
is that light? Is that light? We want all of its
creamy goodness. We want all the fat
we can get. Yeah, there you go. All right,
I think we’re good. We’re good. Right? Yeah. So now we’re en route to
go home and make dinner. Can you sing us a song,
bud? That’s a good song. More, more. Yeah. Can you do an ow ow? Ow ow! 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 as my fuel. And then when I run, I’m
able to tap into 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 move
paleo primal type way was Western State’s, a hundred mile race that
I ran the first time. Towards the end
of the race, after lots of heat and
lots of gels and what not, I ended up taking a
crap in the woods like 20 some times, in the last
30 miles of the race. All I could do
was I’d run for a little while and then I’d 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 like diet. I had huge
success with it. I think it works really
well for mountain running too because you’re
hiking a lot out there. You’re spending a lot of
time and you need to have good fuel burning
type thing going on. Coconut oil, starting
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 bother me as much. And I feel like I
recover faster as well. Did I see coconut
oil in your shower? Yeah. Do you rub it on
your body too? Yep. It’s good for your hair? It’s good for your hair. Coconut oil we use for
very many things. Even in the morning we
do this thing called oil pulling. And coconut oil
is a really good antibacterial aid. So we swish it
in our mouth, just like you would
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 get a fresh mouth. And you spit that out and then if you want you can
grab some and moisturize. We really like
coconut oil. We drank the Kool Aid
on the coconut oil. Yeah. All right, we got here,
we got some asparagus, zucchini pasta with cream
garlic cashew cream sauce and then the carrots
with the same sauce. This actually has
a little kick in it, so a little cayenne pepper
and some ginger, garlic. And then our chicken
again with garlic, some broth, and
some mushrooms. Lemon water? Uh-huh. Yummy. I really like
lemon these days. We have a cup of it,
full in our fridge. All hand squeezed. 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 of my body. And so I kind of
visualize that going up and down and it really helps me to
tune into my body, but 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 learning to quiet my mind. You know years ago I
definitely had just an excess of 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
wanna be when I run. We are in Chautauqua. Right now we are going
to go play around on these trails a little
bit in front of the Flat Irons and
up to Gregory Canyon. Over the ranger which
will take us up to green. It’s only probably
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
3000 feet in that which is pretty awesome. When it gets all snowy,
icy out here, nice to have on a little
bit more traction, so these kinda help me
do a little grip. They got a good little
spike on the end. It’s windy today,
really windy. I mean,
beautiful sunny day. We got some good,
bright sunlight. It is really windy. So that’ll flow us
around a little while. Now I got some traction,
can run. When I come out to the
trails it’s this place to be wild and free, and just be very peaceful and
so I come out here and I’m able to really
tap into my body. You really feel
what’s going on. Once I tap into that very
Zen type of flow, I’m able to get into a really
nice rhythm with running and 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
lead to me feeling this inspiration and feeling
this passion that’s let me to running and running
for long distances and being surrounded by
things that I love. And 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 it just turns life
into this game and this just really blissful,
happy spot to be. Just got back
from the run, it’s green smoothie time. So I got the monster
ready right here. Bunch of kale,
some fruit. We got some berries and
some banana. I like to add a little
bit more super food. This is just
a good recovery after a hard
day of running. You spend a 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 bio available. I can have a meal in
a couple minutes, which I like to cook
a lot of my food, so speeding up the process
is a nice bonus. Nice. Pretty tasty. So good.


100 Responses

  1. hcope28

    July 15, 2019 7:26 am

    surprised she can stay thin with such a high fat diet, didn't seem like she's an ultra runner too

  2. Drilla Boyz Ent.

    July 15, 2019 11:50 pm

    wow this guy is amazing. but his like me very addictive personality. he can save a fortune if he grows own veggie and have a chicken coop.

  3. Michael Wilson

    July 17, 2019 10:38 pm

    coconut oil is not good for your face as its very comedogenic, and causes breakouts, but its good for every other part of your body.

  4. M D

    July 18, 2019 3:45 pm

    Unhealthy dude. Your body is messed up in some years your fat filled blood vessels will shutdown you sick man.

  5. Patrick LaChance

    July 20, 2019 11:02 am

    I wonder if he still has to add some carbs later in the race when his glycogen stores are exhausted.

  6. Larry Booth

    July 22, 2019 3:39 am

    Product placement was on point… I needed a new blender, looking at the nutri-bullet now…

  7. DeadPengwin

    July 22, 2019 10:04 am

    I'm studying in a city about 100km away from my hometown… It's a fucking hour by car and this absolute madman runs that shit like it's nothing. Watching this channel really showed me some amazing human beings… o.O

  8. Cami W

    July 22, 2019 11:39 pm

    So who cares about what he's wearing? Or whether he's vegan or not. And some women don't shave their armpits 🤮 and some dye their hair pink but the world should accept that right, makes your world go around, ok then. This guy went from addiction to this. Lots of bitchin and complaining.

  9. Jo Hannes

    July 23, 2019 8:06 pm

    This is what I envision a hunter gatherer looked like and performed like 10,000 years ago.

  10. littlerascle59

    July 24, 2019 7:38 pm

    I’ve ran two full marathons and that was very taxing on my body. Anyone who can do ultramarathons and especially in mountainous areas has my utmost respect. I live in the Mississippi Delta so my area is completely flat, I had a brutal awakening last year when I did a few endurance events in Vermont, New York and New Jersey. I also had a very hard time in the mountains in California when I was in the Marine Corps back in the early 2000s; mountainous terrain is no joke.

  11. Lerzoos Lercoos

    July 25, 2019 7:59 am

    First of all if u use fat as a fuel then I assume ur on a keto diet if so why you're an skinny fat I mean no offense really I'm not trying to offend u really and I apologize if I did I'm really sorry

  12. Mitch Connor the 3rd

    July 28, 2019 1:06 am

    It's almost like you can eat whatever you want if you exercise enough.. hmmm interesting

  13. noinhabitants

    July 28, 2019 6:37 pm

    how is eating straight oil healthy? the information people brianwash themselves with for health.

  14. Bomi Eboda

    August 1, 2019 3:45 am

    People doing what they love. Thank you to the almighty God in heaven for giving us these lives.

  15. MichaelVieira07

    August 3, 2019 7:51 pm

    These are the try hard people I try to avoid living in Colorado (worst than road bikers somehow). I think they might literally sniff their own farts. Not trying to be the best at exercising, I play real sports

  16. IAmAgainst

    August 8, 2019 9:52 am

    Keto is great but the damaging effects on health of that kind of extreme cardio certainly outweights any benefit someone could get from having the healthiest diet..

  17. Robert Sanchez

    August 9, 2019 10:29 pm

    Nice to see a fellow Ultra
    I am an Ultra sleeper .. Ultra sleepers are people who sleep for more then 15-20 hours at a time and are complete lazy fucks

  18. Rick Girthquake

    August 10, 2019 2:43 am

    "Ultra" Runner AKA Soy boy beta cuck. Low T Jabroni. Go Lift some weights and stop being so soft and cardiovascular.

  19. Itah-chi

    August 11, 2019 5:05 am

    This is so better than watching the bulky dude saying that "long running" isn't effective for weight loss loll😂😂

  20. Home Kitchen

    August 13, 2019 3:57 am

    You haven't "adapted" to burn fat as fuel. You're keto, that's natural.

    Normal diets (high carb) are not natural. That's adaptive.

    Keto good, carbs bad.

  21. geoege dominguez

    August 17, 2019 7:50 am

    Don't know what I'd want to do less, run any distance or drink that friggin drink he made. Cup O Mud.

  22. Jonathan Howard

    August 18, 2019 12:37 pm

    Twice as many calories, too. Much more dense calorically than CHO. Sustains energy longer at lower intensity levels, maintains steady blood sugar and keeps you feeling satiated for longer due to slowing gastric emptying.

  23. Daniel Kö

    August 19, 2019 1:39 pm

    His diet might be the best for his body especially with his stomach problems in races but I feel like carbs are still better for most because you get more energy much quicker. You have to adapt to the power you get from your fat to not also burn your muscles as fuel.

  24. Young Suit

    August 25, 2019 10:12 pm

    From this dudes image to the dubstep music at the beginning to the mountains, everything about this video screams Colorado

  25. Eduardo Lauren

    August 27, 2019 4:20 pm

    I have been making use of this diet “Yamzοkο Weebly” (Google it) for a couple of weeks today and until now I love them! I have the vitality I would like without curbing the appetite without having making me really feel jittery. I did absolutely nothing special on my diet plan and i also still are able to cut my bodyweight to 7 pounds. .

  26. Jay B

    August 28, 2019 5:11 am

    Fantastic information. Theres all these videos on YouTube telling long distance athletes to go high carb. Which is ridiculous. High fats, proteins, and low carbs is the key.

  27. Bulut Gültekin

    August 30, 2019 8:16 pm

    run away before the tattooed fat sows with colored hair come because a man has a wholesome family!

  28. monkeyTRAWMERcenter

    September 5, 2019 3:29 pm

    Yeah but what is his main source of income that allows him to support the family and the lifestyle?

  29. Issac F

    September 5, 2019 9:59 pm

    That feeling of being free.. that zen-like feeling he describes is Chi.. and he definitely knows how to tap into his chi.. where his mind does the work and his body follows. His ability to maintain a solid running program helps him set goals and achieve them.. which helps him in life. -Danny Dreyer
    (Chi Running)

  30. FreeRangeSoyFarmer Goyem

    September 6, 2019 8:11 pm

    Running such vast distances is very unhealthy, it can actually harden arteries and cause heart failure.


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