Nutrition

The Great Fueling Experiment of 2020

With races on hold, now is a great time to experiment with fueling.  Here are a few strategies for you to try: No Fuel Twenty five years ago, I wrote an article on no fuel (aka low glycogen) training. Dieticians sent me nasty notes stating that athletes should always be fueled for training. But I…
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5 Steps to Nailing Your Best Half-Marathon Race Pace

My recent article on PodiumRunner. Easy-medium. Sub-threshold. Comfortably fast. You hear lots of phrases used to describe half-marathon pace but let’s discuss some specific ways to determine your best half-marathon race pace—and then how to confirm that the pace is possible on race day. Nail your pace, and the half marathon can be the most…
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Carbo-Loading for the Marathon

You’ve probably heard that you need to “carbo-load” before long races like a half-marathon, marathon or ultramarathon. Here’s my take on carbo-loading, including what I ate before winning the US National Masters Trail Marathon Championship. Carbo-Loading Origins Carbo-loading came into vogue after exercise science perfected the muscle biopsy. I’ve had one done and while it’s…
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3 Strategies to Help You Qualify for Boston

Struggling to qualify for Boston? No problem. Here are three strategies I’ve used to help thousands of runners achieve the coveted BQ. Strategy #1: Get faster first If you’ve been close but just can’t make the jump to your BQ time, I suggest taking a break from chasing the BQ and work on getting faster…
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What if you could recover faster?

Dr. Dave’s Do-Do rule says, “It’s not how much training you DO, rather, it’s how well you recover from the training you DO DO. Because, if you get injured or sick from DOing too much, you are in deep DOO DOO.” Joe Vigil, another one of my mentors, says, “There’s no such thing as over…
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No-Fuel/Slow-Fuel Long Runs

You’ve completed a few marathons and now want to finish faster. But, it’s not like you can turn pro and run 100 miles per week. You need an efficient strategy that can fit into your current training schedule yet deliver big performance improvements. No problem. No-Fuel/Slow-Fuel long runs are a proven way to improve your…
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Fueling for the Marathon

Ask 100 marathoners how they fuel and you’ll get 100 different answers. It seems that marathon fueling is so individual that it simply takes lots of trial and error in training and tune-up races to find the strategy that works best for you. After working with thousands of marathoners from charity marathon groups to Boston…
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Carbohydrate Periodization for Better Performance

Carbohydrate manipulation across your training cycle is one of the simplest nutritional strategies to boost physical and mental fitness. For over 20 years, I’ve used this strategy on myself as well as with many of the athletes I coach and have had great success. In a nutshell, you supplement with carbohydrate before and during long…
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5 TIPS FOR GETTING TO RACE WEIGHT

Everyone wants to be at their ideal weight and race their best. The best time to try and lose a significant amount of weight is in the off season, before getting into specific training and before training demands become high. Once you start getting into specific training and close to racing your body may start…
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CUTTING GLUTEN OUT OF YOUR DIET

Being a runner with celiac disease makes fueling properly a little more time consuming than those who do eat wheat and gluten. My biggest concern is making sure I am getting all of the proper nutrients to sustain my training and help my body recover. When I first took gluten out of my diet I struggled to…
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