Nathan Freeburg

Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he's still going. When he's not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves dark beer, dark chocolate, and dark coffee.Nathan currently lives in Portland, Oregon, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River. Race Results.Nathan's day job is a Consultant with Leadership Vision in Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Interesting Nathan. Not sure we have heard of this one before, but it worked for you….so maybe it is worth a shot. Our readers will be interested to hear about this one!

    • frenat

      Thanks – it’s really been a powerful force in my training!

  • Katie Ogden Serbus

    I am going to rock this diet and PR my earth day race.

    • frenat

      AWESOME! What is your favorite red food?

      Nathan

      • Katie Ogden Serbus

        Probably red WINE. Is that a food? Or would that be considered purple, since it comes form purple grapes?? I was thinking of making it the base of my red diet for the next few weeks. I’ll be a speed demon! Unless it’s really purple, then I suppose I’ll just have to press on at turtle speed.

        • frenat

          Definitely red. If it’s called “red wine” then it’s red. Just don’t drink white.

          Nathan

  • Are we supposed to eat the red crayons too? What about play doh?

    • frenat

      Crayons were not part of the study. Just hold the crayons up to your food to get a sense of color. Sometimes (depending on lighting), food that isn’t red can appear red. The wax in the crayones acts as a lens by which you can correctly identify the most important food.

      • I think the real issue here is that the writer is calling a 20 minute 5k PR average or modest. Who is this elitist a-hole writer…I think I remember him from Hal Higdon’s page!

        • frenat

          It’s just the time they used in the study…

  • Eric Bobick

    I’m sure there is some validity to the science but there are a number of things to consider when it comes food beyond its ability to stimulate red blood cells or not. Balance is the key and I see no reason to be this restrictive.

    Again, not saying there’s not some validity to the science and that adding more “red” into an already healthy/balanced could be a good idea, but “study group” results make sense regardless of diet.

    You take a group of people who don’t run, were eating who knows what, you put them strict diet and have them follow a couch-to-5K training plan. I’d expect them to improve by at least 20% no matter what kind healthy diet plan you put them on.

    By comparison, the article says, The “active” group received the exact same plan, but told they could eat whatever they wanted.” Well of course the active group didn’t show improvement. Aside from diet, a month long couch-to-5K plan isn’t going to do anything to improve the performance of a runner who can already run a 20 minute 5K. Just my thoughts.

    • frenat

      Eric, thanks for your thoughts. The study really focuses on eating only red food, and lots of it. The science really can’t be denied here. If you can find another study to refute this, I’d love to read it. I wasn’t able to find anything that specifically said this wasn’t an absolutely perfect idea.

      • Eric Bobick

        Well I can’t say for certain that it is or isn’t perfect and who doesn’t like Swedish Fish! My issue is more with the control group results. I think it would be far more beneficial to see the results of two groups of active runners with similar paces, put them both on an appropriate training plan for their running level but only have one group do the red diet and have the other continue on their current diet.

      • Eric Bobick

        I’ll give you the satisfaction of knowing that you got me. That will teach me to not read the entire article! I was so appalled by “the study group” that I responded before reading the rest, lol. I haven’t been part of Mpls running for long enough to know that you’re not crazy. Funny thing (or sad, really) is that there are so many people out there that would believe that this is a good idea! If I hear one more person talk about how they are detoxing their body for a week, I might puke. Apparently I’m a little too sensitive to the subject! Haha!

        • frenat

          This made me laugh! This post was definitely written with a bit of a nod to some of those wierd studies. Good luck detoxing 🙂

  • Rick Coleman

    And don’t forget lots of Murphy’s Irish Red instead of clear, non-red water!

    • frenat

      Yes, that’s an excellent hydrating beverage.

  • MrWiseOwl

    This article is off course a spoof everyone!

    • frenat

      NO! It’s 104% real… try it (especially the twizzlers based pasta).

      Nathan