Ever hear of an “ultrarunner” before? Whether you have or not, it would be hard to deny Dean Karnazes access to such an exclusive club.
Karnazes, who hails from California, has astonished analysts and researchers with his unbelievable ability to run for as long as three days straight. Yes, you read that correctly.
According to a recent article in the British publication The Guardian, Karnazes has run for three days and nights without stopping before, and has endured some of the toughest, most insane endurance challenges in the world including one at the South Pole in temperatures of -25 Celsius.
He said he has never experienced any sort of muscle burn or cramp despite going on runs of over 100 miles.
During the aforementioned three-day runs, he reports that he spent time “sleep-running” in an “almost psychotic state” according to the Guardian article. Sleep seems to be the only thing that slows him down, and he attributes a good portion of his unbelievable performance to a high alkaline diet.
Genetics and a non-toxic environment also are credited for his success, according to the article. Karnazes’ most special ability might be his muscles’ efficiency at clearing lactic acid from his system, in which genetics plays a major role. Of course, genes express themselves differently based on your environment, which is noted.
Karnazes discovered his abilities while preparing to run 50 marathons in 50 days across the U.S., and was eventually sent to a testing center in Colorado, which found that has lactic acid elimination abilities tested off the charts.
Dean has also authored a book titled, ‘Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner.’
How to Get a High Alkaline Diet
A high alkaline diet is generally one that includes a large amount of vegetables and quality water. Some fruits are slightly alkalizing but many others are slightly acidifying. Others like lemons and limes are have a net alkaline effect despite containing citrus acids.
Among the highest-alkaline foods are: lettuce, spinach, cucumber, celery, dandelions, spirulina, kale, dulse, barley grass, wheatgrass, red peppers, tomatoes, cayenne pepper and other hot peppers, melons and avocadoes among many other items.
And if these foods are good enough for an ultrarunner such as Karnazes, they certainly ought to be good enough for the average 5K runner or other part-time athletes.
We may not have nearly the genetics as he does, but we can all do our best to heed his advice when it comes to diet.