Primal Endurance Podcast

Welcome to The Primal Endurance Podcast, where we challenge the ineffective, overly stressful conventional approach to endurance training and provide a refreshing, sensible, healthy, fun alternative. Going primal frees you from carbohydrate dependency and turns you into a fat burning beast! Enjoy interviews from elite athletes, coaches, authors and scientists on the cutting edge of endurance training and performance.
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Sep 26, 2015

Host Brad Kearns catches up with Host Brock Armstrong -- that's right, the main hosts catch up with each other and hit it hard on an assortment of interesting topics. They debate the pros and cons of various coaching models, stressing the importance of having a wide-ranging personal relationship with athletes to help training sync with other life variables. Brock FIRES clients who refuse to take time off!

The pair gets into one of their favorite subjects, Heart Rate Variability, referencing the Primal Endurance Podcast episode 6 with Sweetbeat Life CEO Ronda Collier. They talk about how monitoring HRV and basing training decisions off of variation from baseline values brings a critical objective element to the challenge of making smart training decisions. For example, when you are running on fight or flight chemicals, it's hard to tell if you are actually stressed because the hectic pace of modern life is so familiar that it seems normal to the brain. Get to know your Primal Endurance Podcast hosts Brad and Brock through this lively and informative show!

Sep 18, 2015

Host Brad Kearns welcomes Aaron Olson, the popular host of the Paleo Runner Podcast, to the show to discuss Aaron’s new book, Low Mileage Running. The book is “a short guide to running faster, injury free.” Aaron details his injury-riddled running career as a high school and college competitor, as he struggled to thrive doing the traditional high mileage programs.



Frustrated with repeated injuries, Aaron tried cutting out junk mileage but keeping high intensity workouts and including extra rest in his schedule. He discovered that his injuries went away and he ran even faster than before. Aaron believes in an intuitive approach instead of following a rigid schedule. Perform those intense workouts when you feel strong and you skip them if other stressors are present in your life or you simply don’t feel your best during the session.



Aaron’s Paleo Runner podcast expertly blends the worlds of endurance running and paleo eating and living. Aaron became a convert to paleo after a lifelong struggle with IBS that subsided almost as soon as he started to ditch toxic modern foods and adopt a paleo eating strategy. Check out his podcast on iTunes or through his blog


Show notes:


  • The book Low-Mileage Running came about after Aaron sustained some injuries. [00:01:31] 


  • Most often we read that injuries come from intensity. Is this true?  [00:02:41] 


  • How does the intuitive approach after workouts help in recovery? [00:07:05] 


  • Aaron, who has had years of experience as a runner, has talked about his own training. What about the novice runner? [00:08:05] 


  • How does one decide what kind of workout to do? [00:12:57] 


  • What’s the focus of Aaron’s podcast? [00:16:32] 


  • How are the endurance and paleo communities blending together? [00:18:03] 


  • What about body composition? [00:21:20] 


  • What are safe starches? How do you determine which carbs are okay? [00:22:55] 


  • How do you select guests for your podcasts? [00:24:13] 


  • What is Brad and Mark's solution to doing too much training or not enough? [00:26:59] 


  • What happens to one’s training schedule during the off-season? [00:28:49] 



Selected Links from the Episode:


Low-Mileage Running Book 



Tim Noakes



Paleo Runner Podcast 



Primal Endurance Approach 


Sep 11, 2015

Host Brad Kearns records this fast paced essay on the importance of adequate sleep (especially for endurance athletes), in response to a recent episode of the Freakonomics  Podcast.

Brad has always maintained a busy lifestyle balancing roles as a father, writer, and former triathlete, and discovered long ago that “sleep is everything.” Tune into today’s show for some quick tips and a personal sleep success story.

Sep 4, 2015

Host Brad Kearns welcomes popular guest Dr. Phil Maffetone to the show for the third time. Dr. Maffetone brings along both his insightful commentary and his ultimate endurance wisdom about balancing stress and rest while emphasizing aerobically-paced training. In this conversation, Phil talks about his incredible new smartphone app—called the MAF App—that does an assortment of evaluations to help you track health, fitness, disease risk factors, and stress levels.



Brad also challenges Phil on his profound assertion that endurance athletes need not ever exceed 90 percent of their maximum heart rate. Phil explains that the additional stress of going up to a maximum level does not deliver a sufficient return on investment. A healthy athlete can dig deep on race day and give a respectable 100 percent effort. Phil details the metabolic and endocrine effects of the stress response, and how to guard against the overtraining syndrome. “The game is how to moderate stress while training hard enough to perform your best,” Phil explains. Phil mentions how, for tracking aerobic improvement, time trials and other performance trackers are inferior to using a sub-maximal MAF test on a regular basis. Enjoy another lovely and informative show with Dr. Maffetone!


Show Notes:


  • Phil describes his exciting new app (MAF App) that can monitor amazing things about your health and fitness. [00:00:55]
  • How does this app work and what does it track? [00:04:22]
  • One of the big red flags is the reduced desire to train. [00:07:07]
  • What is the best way to evaluate an athlete? [00:09:42]
  • When doing an anaerobic workout, how much should you exceed your maximum heart rate? [00:14:05]
  • What is the cost of training too hard? [00:22:10]
  • Can you rely on performance to gauge where you are by doing time trials? [00:24:32]
  • Even if you have been training at a slow rate, don't worry about not knowing what to do when you go to a race. You'll be surprised at your performance. [00:28:08] 
  • In Maffetone 's book, 1:59, he speculates that the ability to run a marathon under two minutes will not come from more training miles, nor from more intensity, but a reduction in both. [00:31:48]
  • From a health standpoint, are there some athletes who would have been better off staying couch potatoes? [00:35:46]
  • There are more overweight athletes these days. Is the main reason they are in poor health because of their dietary habits? [00:40:15]
  • What is the two-week test? What role does diet play? [00:41:56] 



Selected Links from the Episode:


Phil Maffetone

Maffetone Music


1:59 (Book)