primal

Hey Mudder, you’re an animal…so act like one! Mud run events and mud run training are some of the most primal activities we will ever put ourselves through. Think about it…we bond with the earth and the elements, we rely on instinct and survival skills, and we hunt with fellow mudders toward our prey – [...]

I’ve often heard that great NFL quarterbacks are measured by their ability to make those around them better. Consider bacon, my favorite primal staple, the greatest NFL quarterback of the food world. Bacon is awesome. Not the nitrate-induced Oscar Meyer crap. Real, slab, bacon…or Boar’s Head. Why? Because there’s little, if any, food that doesn’t [...]

Mud Run Grub: The Perfect Egg

Conventional Egg-spectations. Eggs get a bum rap. Aside from the excitement they bring to annual Easter-egg hunts, conventional wisdom has linked one of nature’s most affordable and beneficial foods to everything from high cholesterol to heart disease. But recent studies have sent egg-alarmists scrambling and provide solid evidence why the incredible-edible-egg should be removed from your “do not eat” list. [...]

Mud Run Grub: Primal Shrimp Stir-Fry

Sick of turkey yet? Neither am I, but I will be after eating Thanksgiving leftovers for a week straight. Inevitably, we’ll all need to get back into form as we gear-up for another mud run. Here’s an incredibly quick and flexible recipe that will help you save yourself from T-day carb-overload and get you back [...]

Time for Chili! It’s that time of year. Cool, wet weather…blustery winds…mud runs galore and football on Sundays. What better timing for a lip-smacking chili? Warm your primordial bones with this weekend chili recipe adapted from Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint. What’s in it: 2-3 slices uncooked bacon (get the thick uncured stuff like this [...]

Mud Run Training Log: 11-07-11

42 DAYS UNTIL WORLD’S TOUGHEST MUDDER BREAKFAST: Cage free eggs over easy Banana Small glass of orange juice Coffee with organic whole milk Lunch Coffee with organic whole milk Intermittent Fasting (IF) DINNER Seasoned grilled salmon over spinach salad with walnuts, dried berries, red onions, avocado and balsamic vinaigrette H2O DESSERT Small piece dark chocolate [...]

Mud Run Training Log: 11-06-11

43 DAYS UNTIL WORLD’S TOUGHEST MUDDER BREAKFAST: Cage free eggs scrambled with tomato and onion Side bacon Small glass of orange juice Coffee with organic whole milk Lunch Fresh mixed berries Avocado 2 Dark Beers Handful mixed nuts DINNER Chicken stir fry with vegetables and cashews Sautéed rainbow chard with bacon and onions 1 Beer [...]

Mud Run Training Log: 11-05-11

44 DAYS UNTIL WORLD’S TOUGHEST MUDDER Pre-Race BREAKFAST: Cage free eggs over-easy Banana Small glass of orange juice Coffee with organic whole milk Pre-Race Snack (9am heat) 1/2 Banana Handful mixed nuts Small piece dark chocolate H20 Pre-Race Snack (12:30pm heat) Gel pack Half plain bagel Handful mixed nuts Small piece dark chocolate H20 Post-Race [...]

This week’s Maniac Monday Workout borrows from the Primal Blueprint Fitness philosophy as described at Mark’s Daily Apple. The Primal Playground Workout is a fun and intense series of primal exercises that includes jumping, sprinting, climbing, lifting heavy things and simulating some of the very basic movements used by our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The goal here [...]

Mud Run Training Log: 10-23-11

BREAKFAST: Cage free scrambled eggs with fresh grape tomatoes 1 Boneless pork chop sautéed in onions and virgin olive oil Coffee with organic whole milk Small glass of orange juice LUNCH Organic grape tomatoes and carrots with full fat greek yogurt onion dip. 2 Otter Creek Oktoberfest Beers while watching Jets win! DINNER Fresh made [...]

Mud Run Training Log: 10-22-11

BREAKFAST: Cage free scrambled eggs Small glass of orange juice LUNCH Medium rare burger topped with bacon and melted bleu cheese Fresh coleslaw Side salad of greens, tomatoes, and red onions DINNER Full fat greek yogurt with sliced banana and tsp of honey. 2 Miller Lites (cheater!) DESSERT Coffee with whole milk MUD RUN TRAINING [...]

Mud Run Training Log: 10-21-11

BREAKFAST: Scrambled cage free eggs with wild mushrooms and fresh mozzarella cooked in bacon fat Small glass of orange juice Small bunch of grapes Coffee with whole milk LUNCH IF (Intermittent Fasting – see Primal Blueprint) DINNER Baked swai fish Big ass salad with avocado, green peppers, apples, carrots, red onion, radish, walnuts and organic balsamic [...]

Hi Mud Run Maniacs…it’s contest time! You may remember my post, Primal Blueprint Basics and Why You Should Care, in which I discussed the main concepts of the Primal Blueprint and how/why I’ve incorporated primal living into my everyday lifestyle. I started my primal journey about a year ago, and I’m now living primal 80 percent [...]

Mud Run Training Log: 10-16-11

(Saturday 10-15-11: Family Day) Breakfast: Coffee with organic whole milk 1 banana Handful of almonds Lunch IF = Intermittent Fasting (check out Primal Blueprint for more info) Water only Dinner Fresh ham salad with kiwi, crumbled bacon, avocado, grape tomatoes, cucumber, diced provolone, Maui onions, and balsamic vinaigrette One can PBR! Dessert Coffee with organic [...]

Mud Run Training Log: 10-14-11

Breakfast: Shrimp and brie cheese omelet (cage-free eggs) cooked in bacon fat Coffee with organic whole milk 2 slices bacon fresh raspberries Lunch IF = Intermittent Fasting (check out Primal Blueprint for more info) Water only Small serving dark chocolate! Dinner Grilled organic spatchcock chicken (awesome way to cook chicken) Big ass spinach salad with [...]

Today, I’d like to share with you Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint (PB), a concept that allows you to obtain optimal health and fitness based on the lifestyle factors of our Paleolithic ancestors and an opportunity to take your mud run training to a new life-changing level. For me, Primal Blueprint has been a real [...]

This week’s Maniac Monday workout combines a few unconventional elements and exercises to prepare you for some of those unpredictable mud running conditions. A short disclaimer: I am not a certified personal trainer, ex-Marine, professional marathoner or anything close. I am a mud run enthusiast (maniac), who is highly engaged and interested in staying physically [...]