- 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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UCAN Webinar: UCAN and a Ketogenic Diet

skarunner[1]Last week there was a special UCAN webinar and I miss it; some how it slipped my radar.   Here is an interesting audio clip regarding a ketogenic diet and endurance. ~SKA

*Andy asks the team how UCAN will impact his ketogenic (high fat/high protein/low carb) diet.

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Anyone else using it?  I have experimented with it, but not yet in a big race.


  1. I'm the Andy that asked the question in that audio clip. I started using UCAN about 4-5 months ago, and really like how it's worked out. I did a 50k where I consumed a packet before the race, one about halfway through, and ate a few slices of turkey with cheese and avocado throughout the race. That's it. I felt great, had good energy throughout, and even sprinted to the finish which I was never able to do previously. UCAN works great and I take it before/during most of my long training runs and all races.

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  3. I used UCAN for all of my trail training over 12 miles on Pikes Peak...and for the race I was training for itself (Pikes Peak Ascent). It worked great. One packet of UCAN mixed with water or Almond milk lasted me for 10 uphill miles at and average of 13% grade. NO GI discomfort ever, and felt like energy was sustained. After that point, I needed more fuel, so I opted for about 15 grapes. This lasted me the additional 3 miles to the summit. Continuously drinking electrolytes (salty water) in my running bladder. I prefer easily digestible foods/drinks as I don't want my body concentrating on digestion when my heart is pumping.