My experience eating fruitarian

-Damian Stoy is the founder of Wholistic Running and is a professional ultra endurance athlete.  He received a certification in Nutrition from Cornell and offers Nutritional Coaching as well as Online Running Coaching.

For many years I wanted more energy, greater health and better performance. I have tried a variety of supplements and ‘diets’ including Paleo, cleanses, superfoods and the ‘Clean Diet’ and nothing worked. I then decided to experiment with a raw, fruit-based (fruitarian) diet for just one week. Instead, it turned into a 16 month life changing experience.

Almost immediately after going fruitarian, I felt my energy levels increase.  After a month, I felt like a NEW person.  I now feel vibrant, alive and I am absolutely thriving.  My energy levels are high ALL day long, everyday.  Most of the time, I feel like I am ‘bouncing of the walls’ with energy yet I do not have the energy crashes many people have (I consume no stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate).  I’m sleeping better, have much greater mental clarity, am more focused and I’m happier.  My digestion has strengthened (didn’t know mine could get better), my skin is clearer and my eyes are brighter.

I also won the Antelope Island 100k race recently with the second fastest time ever.  My time at this year’s Wasatch 100 was an hour faster than last year. I also recently won the Bighorn 50 miler. Bottom line:  I feel totally ALIVE, I am performing better and I am THRIVING.

My girlfriend Lindsey has experienced similar if not greater benefits. She has unlimited energy and is at her ideal weight, something she has been looking to achieve for many years.DSC_0630

UPDATE⇒ Three years since going fruitarian, Damian has won several ultra marathon races and Lindsey has won 5 consecutive races including the RRCA Montana State 5k Championships. We have modified how we eat because a fruitarian diet has its challenges and we found what works just as well. Our way is easier, tastier, cheaper and has all the same health benefits.This is why Lindsey (she has a M.S. in Holistic Nutrition) and I offer Nutritional Consulting. It’s so others can get just as amazing results including weight lose, increased energy, vibrant health and better performance. If you want similar or better results, our nutritional consulting is the answer. Click HERE to learn more.

Online Running Video Analysis

No matter where you live, you can run better, easier and pain-free with Damian’s expertise.  Online video analysis is easy for you and very effective!  You can run injury-free with increased performance with Damian’s expert advice.  As a running biomechanics specialist, respected coach, certified Chi Running instructor and elite runner, he has helped hundreds of runners reach their goals.  Every level of runner benefits from Damian’s online running analysis.

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What is Online Running Analysis?

  • Submit a 30 second – one minute video of you running.
  • Damian analyzes your running biomechanics using the latest athlete analysis software including super slow-motion, grids and postural alignment lines to see exactly how he can improve your running technique.
  • Damian then provides you a comprehensive technique improvement plan with easy to do lessons, tips and other suggestions that will greatly improve your running.
  • Damian provides in-depth answers to any questions you may have regarding running technique, injuries, nutrition, racing and performance.
  • Before and after video comparison is free of charge and recommended.

Cost:  $75      Pay here

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FAQ’s

Is it easy to send videos?  

Yes, it is very simple.  Send a video of you running using your phone or camera.  Video clips from both the side and the front are beneficial.  Run your normal pace.  Then email the file to Damian at wholisticrunning@gmail.com

What results does Damian get for runners?

Read some of his testimonials HERE

Can I see before and after comparisons of myself running?

Yes, this is included for free.

Do I video myself on a treadmill?

If you need to you can.  However, the reason why Damian is so effective is that he provides expert advice that stands out and actually works.  Video of you running on the ground is much more accurate than on a treadmill.

What technique tips does Damian give?

This depends on each individual and what will benefit you specifically.  The tips are easy to do but have tremendous benefits.

What are Damian’s qualifications and expertise?

Damian is a biomechanics specialist, respected coach, certified Chi Running instructor and accomplished runner.  Hundreds of runners have benefited from his expertise and many years of experience.

More questions?

Email Damian at wholisticrunning@gmail.com

“Run smarter” – Antelope Island 100K recap

People often tell me that I make running look easy.  And for most of the Antelope Island 100K I was relaxed, comfortable and having fun. I train and run smarter, not harder and rely on an efficient technique to get the results I desire which is to run injury-free, perform well and do what I love.  And it really paid off with a win and the 2nd fastest time ever.

I made the decision to do the race just the week before.  That week was spent doing hard, manual labor for my brother’s landscaping business including moving over 2.5 tons of rock in one day.  It wasn’t ideal right before a race and I went into Antelope a little fatigued and beat up.  No worries, I just had to focus on efficiency even more.

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The start of the race was glorious.  We ran underneath a huge full moon and the stars all overlooking the Great Salt Lake.  For nearly 1.5 hours we ran in the dark with the moonlight shimmering on the lake.  The sunrise and brilliant alpenglow on the Wasatch mountain range was also spectacular.  There were lots of bison and antelope out there as well.

The first 50K I ran with friends and was pretty conservative.  I was trailing behind Zac Marion who was in 1st and caught him at the halfway aid station. We took off together comfortably chatting and discussing the day so far.  We had a pretty fast first half and I decided that if I pushed it I might have a chance to go under 9 hours. So, I took off.  I ran miles 32-52 pretty fast.  I was all alone and was reminding myself to run smarter, not harder.  The course was fairly technical and hilly with some long, gradual climbs including one of over 1000 ft.  When my hamstrings were tired I focused on pelvic and spinal rotation.  When my quads were fatiguing I focused on engaging my core. Around mile 52 my left quad starting seizing up from a deep bruise I got when I pinched my leg between a large rock and wheel barrow a few days before.  This threw my technique off a bit but I was determined to keep moving.

I never carry a watch when I run so I actually had no idea how much time I had to break 9 hours.  I just decided to keep pushing it.  I repeated a mantra, “I am light, I am strong” thousands of times.  I finished fairly strong with a 1st place finish and the 2nd fastest time ever of 9:06:40.

I was happy about my race because I had fun, enjoyed being out with friends and took in the spectacular scenery.  My consistent work of practicing technique sure paid off.  The amazing thing is that I never really got sore after the race.  Even 4 days after, I literally feel like I didn’t do a race.  I attribute this to my efficient running technique, smarter way of training and plant-based diet.  Now it’s time to look into doing another ultra in a few weeks…

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I wanted to thank my friends and family for all their wonderful support.  Also, a thanks to my sponsors, Altra shoes, Hammer Nutition and Macrolife Naturals.  I am grateful to be able to do what I love, thank you!

Photos: Courtesy of Lori Burlison

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Race preparation

Here are some quick tips to help you have your best, most enjoyable race day experience.

Pre-Race

  • Hydrate well. Be sure to drink enough so that your urine is clear the entire week before the race.
  • Eat well.  Forget carbo-loading!  Don’t change your diet too much.  Eat healthy whole foods and keep it simple.  Humans have enough fat stored on us to run much farther than a marathon.  Check out my other blogs about specific performance enhancing foods.
  • Do not eat too much the morning of the race!  Before 50 and 100 milers, I eat a banana for breakfast and drink a coconut water and that’s it.
  • Rest:  The less you do the week before a race, the better!  Run very little and easy!

Race

  • Try to drink 8-20 oz./hour of water during a marathon depending on how hot it is.
  • For races half-marathons and shorter, I suggest not consuming any food or water.  You should be sufficiently prepared before the race and not playing catch up.
  • For marathons and longer, consume 140-200 calories/hour of easy to digest foods during the race.  Look for gels, drinks and carbohydrate dense foods.  This reduces the chance of ‘bonking’ at mile 20.  Minimize hard to digest foods!
  • Consume electrolytes during the race from quality sources.  Hammer Nutrition’s Endurolytes and Saltstick are two great options to use during the race.  I also pre-load a few days before the race by taking 3-5 a day.
  • Go slower than you think, especially at the start.  Use the first few miles to warm up.  A consistent pace is more enjoyable and usually faster than going out too quickly.
  • Focus on relaxing both mentally and physically.  Practice your  running technique and use positive affirmations and mantras such as “I am strong, I am light” to take your mind off of any discomfort or fatigue.

Post Race

  • Within 30 minutes of any run, consume 8-16 oz. of water and 200-300 calories of a high-quality recovery drink such as Recoverite or Shakeology.
  • A natural anti-inflammatory such as Tissue Rejuvenator will help reduce soreness and help you recover quicker.

Special Considerations

A common question I have been getting lately is how to have your best race if you feel under trained.  The most effective way is to breathe easier and slower by focusing on relaxation and running with an efficient technique.  Chi Running addresses both of these!  An efficient running technique will allow you to breath easier.  Allow yourself to be ‘pulled by gravity’ by leaning from the ankles (not the waist) to reduce effort.  Watch this video to learn how.  Be ok with going slower than you are used to.  Focus on having fun and forget about your time.  Chat with other runners, enjoy the scenery and stay in the present moment.

Use positive affirmations, mantras and breath work to reduce energy usage.  I suggest you don’t try to control or judge your breath.  Instead, watch it and allow yourself to breath easily and deeply.

Finally, after the race, be sure to eat foods high in anti-oxidants and cleansing foods to help reduce fatigue and soreness.  Fruit, veggies, wheatgrass, Tissue Rejuvenator and Chia seeds can help reduce inflammation and help your body heal quickly.

Most importantly, listen to your body.  Practice accepting the conditions, where you are at and enjoying the present moment.  By going slow and having fun, you may be surprised at how well you do!

–Daman Stoy, elite ultra marathon runner, founder of Wholistic Running and Certified Chi Running instructor

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Why I Love Running

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I love running for the beauty, simplicity, community, love, pain, courage, struggle, and patience it brings into my life.  I hope to inspire you to love what you do and do what you love.

“The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory.  It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith and to become one’s own person, utterly and completely.”   -George Sheehan

I love watching other runners. The simplicity, grace, beauty, efficiency and joy.  I love seeing them smile, struggle, laugh, and cry all in one race.  I love running with other runners.  The community and compassion that builds between runners.  The friendships that form and the encouragement and struggles we share.  I love running alone.  The peace, tranquility, and quietness becomes a journey into my self.  The smile across my face when I find my self a part of nature.  The vastness of being in the mountains and the realization of how lucky I am.

I love running because it teaches me about my self and life.  The simplicity of running is a beautiful thing.  The more I can learn to live simply, the happier and more joyful I am.  Running has taught me the value of patience and determination.  An ultra running quote is “If you feel good, just wait”. The beauty of the quote is the truth it reveals.  If you feel miserable all you have to do is wait.  And the same is true in life.  Things change whether they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’.  Running has taught me to accept either and enjoy the beauty of both, the ‘good’ as well as the ‘bad’.

One of the greatest lessons I have learned from running is that pain is part of life.  It is suffering that is an option.  Suffering is truly a choice.  It is how we react to pain which determines if we suffer.  Because of running, I have learned that anything in life is possible.  Sure, it may take a lot of work.  It may take a lot of time, effort, sweat, tears, stress, and many ups and downs.  But with patience, courage, determination, anything truly is possible.  We have no boundaries!  

Running has become a moving meditation for myself.  I dwell within my self and ponder what else life has to bring.  Because I treat running as a practice the benefits are more intense, the positive feelings are more rewarding, and I experience more joy, clarity and peace.  Better doesn’t mean faster.  Most of the time for me, it means slowing down.  ‘Better’ at running to me means being able to go deeper within my body, mind and spirit.  I accomplish that by enjoying nature, focusing on my technique and by loving the activity and people I share it with.

I love running for how it makes me feel, the lessons I learn, and the people whom I share it with.  I hope you find this as well in whatever it is you love to do!

“There will never be a day when we won’t need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better.” -George Sheehan