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  1. Hey Duncan – wondered what happened to your blog. Glad you are back. Curious if you have you remained paleo or gone back to more balanced diet? I know that was a big change you noted last year. I personally eased up on the high fat and am much more balanced now and believe my running (n=1) is better for it.

    February 1, 2014
  2. Sharalee said:

    Glad you are back on our game DC. Our paths in life are never full known to others, but reading this is like opening the window and letting fresh air in. Life does change, and goodness does return. No matter what challenges we face, be strong, be patient and the good will return.

    February 1, 2014
  3. Great to read your update Duncan, and see how you have progressed. 5 years ago I got overtraining syndrome, and learned from my mistakes leading up to it. Ever since, and over the last 4-5 years I’ve not had the same thing happen, not been injured, and continue to learn from others on how to properly balance life, nutrition, training and racing. Looks like you will take what you’ve learned over the last 6 months and tackle a great 2014 year and will have a joy for running again. Especially in the mountains. Looking forward to seeing more updates from you in the future. Hopefully will see you at UROC 2014, if not, sooner, somewhere in the mountains.

    February 1, 2014
  4. Thanks all for the comments. Looking ahead to an awesome year. @ToRunLong – good discussion here. Yeah – I intend to be more balanced with my diet. Still eating Paleo for sure, but making sure I am eating a ton of carbs and not being dogmatic. (Ate some Greek Yogurt today for instance). I think the biggest mistake I made last year was cutting back way too much on the carbs and tinkering with some significant intermittent fasting. Not the greatest mix when you are trying to train 20 hours per week and work like a mad man. Dumb. Back at it this year though. More balanced. Focused on eating clean.

    February 1, 2014
  5. Reblogged this on Strategic Endurance and commented:

    So psyched to be training again with big goals in mind for 2014 and beyond! Thanks for reading…

    February 2, 2014
    • I think Paleo was NOT the problem. The biggest issue was not sleeping enough, not eating enough, drinking WAY too much coffee, and generally trying to do too many things. The Paleo diet is NOT a low carb diet. I chose to go with an extremely low carb approach though – and that is what sent me over the edge. (60g or less of carbs per day for a few months). When I added in intermittent fasting – that is what also pushed me over the edge. I do think that my diet approach would have worked well if I was only a full time athlete. Too many other stressors and this caused the issues. I still eat Paleo, just not low carb any more.

      February 3, 2014
  6. Thanks for sharing this. It gives a realistic perspective about dealing with adrenal/over-training issues. I don’t know how you took the time off to recover, To me that’s more discipline than training for a race. I hope 2014 is an amazing year of running and racing for you!

    February 3, 2014
  7. Brandon said:

    Glad to hear you’re back at it. Press on!

    February 25, 2014

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