On Saturday, I competed in the Mohican Trail 100 Mile Ultramarathon in Ohio. I started following this raw vegan in November, as an experiment, and have been impressed with the results.
I did the race in 2007 and had a tough time, finishing in 27 hours, and in 53rd place. At that time, I was following the Standard American Diet. That was my first attempt at running the 100-mile distance.
This year, I finished in 18:40, and finished 2nd. I think around 150 people started the race, and about 80 finished.
Now, its impossible for me to say how much of the improvement is related to the diet. Besides switching to 811rv, this year I was about 10 pounds lighter, and I knew the course from last year, and I think I was training smarter. Nevertheless, I thought I'd let you guys know.
During the race, I fueled mostly with dates. They were tasting good to me. This year, I had consistent energy. Last year during the race, I was eating a lot of those man-made energy gels with lots of preservatives, and had a lot of peaks and valleys during the race.