Eliade, Outta curiosity, can we get a list of what raw vegs (and quantity) you bring on a 3 day run? I'm going with Javan on this one. I don't consume much on a day to day basis, but even if I was just sitting on my couch all day, I still require at least 1500 calories just to make it through the day...short of that, I feel like my stomach is imploding. I can only imagine how much 1500 calories of raw vegetables weigh. It blows my mind that you have the energy to run (and heal) without the dense calories, carbs, sugars, and protein found in traditional backpacking meals. Honestly, i'm just curious. Is this really common practice amongst multiday trail runners or are you an anomaly. I can imagine doing raw veg diet for maybe 1 night, but all I would think about is food the entire trip, which in turn, kills my enjoyment and efficiency.
And as others have emphasized....our stove setups often weigh 3-5oz (yeah not many of us are buying those jetboils that magazines hawk to the masses). So coupling that with lightweight dehydrated or freeze dried food...it's not really that much. Again, I can't compare the weight to your diet because I don't have any idea about the quantity of raw veggies you bring out...but I wouldn't be surprised if lb for lb a stove setup + food is lighter and more energy rich. For example, I have a 3 ounce stove setup +1 oz of fuel per day, and my overall food weight (including breakfast, lunch snacks, and dinner) is 1.25 lbs per day. So for 24ounces a day I get ~2500 calories per trail day, which includes an abundant amount of carbs and a decent amount of protein.
It seems that you're very focused on shaving weight in order to run more efficiently, but I have to ask...wouldn't making sure that you're consuming enough calories, carbs, and protein so that you can perform optimally have a large bearing on just how efficient you are? Everyone works differently, but I always notice a dramatic difference in my performance either in the gym or on the trail depending on what I've consumed throughout the day.
Also, I don't think its as cut and dry as you make it out to be. It's not like all of us horde lbs of coffee into the backcountry, and for that reason alone we require stove setups. If so were the case, I would agree that that is "ultra indulgence." But the majority of us bring stoves because it keeps the weight of our food down (as opposed to a no-cook diet). If I were able to get the same amount of nutrition and energy from raw vegs as I would from traditional backpacker food, AND at the same weight...then yeah, I would leave the stove behind. But until that's a reality, I have to keep my stove and dry foods as their benefit to me is essential to my efficiency and enjoyment.