- We are Running on Ketones. This is not a typical story; we are endurance athletes at different stages of our lives, who are experimenting with a low carb Ketogenic diet. We are not doctors or scientists, just athletes. Anthony is the youngest and the fastest, age 20, and prefers ultra road running. Eric (ZoomZoom), age 27, is ukulele playing mixed distance runner. Dan (SKA Runner), age 42, is new to running, prefers mountains ultras, and a bit of a computer geek. Bob(uglyrnrboy), age 54, prefers mountains ultras and loves to tele ski. This site,, will document our journey as endurance athletes implementing a low carb ketogenic diet in to our lives. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about our experiences.

What is a Nutritional Ketosis Diet? []

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. This elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood is a state known as ketosis.


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Mike Morton on a Ketogenic Diet?

Today, I was reading a post about Rocky Raccoon 100 from the and read this quote from, I believe, Mike Morton.  I read it a few times and it is not completely clear, but I think Morton is three months into a ketogenic diet.  I searched the web, but could not find a second reference to confirm.   *I hope I am not starting to sound like a “Keto Gossiper”, but inquiring minds want to know.


So what’s the deal with the string cheese Mike handed Liza Howard before the start? A good luck charm? Mike’s leftover breakfast? A gift to the race directors?

Apparently Mike had a reason.

“I switched to a high fat diet about three months ago. I’m in a state of Ketosis; that is when the body turns fat into Ketones for fuel rather than using Glucose from carbohydrates. The tough part for me has been finding a good “comfort food” and cheese with its high fat content has filled that void. The switch has had many benefits but it is tough to give up carbs. The rewards are worth it to me so far. I don’t have the crazy cravings and my energy and mental clarity have been great. Rocky Raccoon 100 was the first race since switching. I had been eating a huge volume of food and if you eat a lot you poop a lot! By eating a high fat diet I eat less volume, have a flattened energy curve and don’t need to poop five or six times in a 100. More to follow on the diet as the year goes along!”

Watch for more string cheese sightings at a race near you!

If it is true . . . check out the results.

1    14:28    Mike Morton            FL         41      
2    16:02    Nathan Leehman     NC         39      
3    16:16    Steve Speirs            VA         46      
4    16:48    Seth Kelly               CO         28      
5    16:54    Bob Ayers Jr            VT         52      
6    16:55    Nicole Studer         TX     F     30      
7    17:18    Lorenzo Sanchez       TX         35      
8    17:20    Luis Guerrero     Mexico          49      
9    17:22    Matt Zmolek              TX         32      
10    17:23    Jorge Cardenas       TX         41    


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