Lisa Braden is Educating Athletes on the Importance of Optimal Fueling

Registered Dietician and runner Lisa Braden will be joining me on the show today.

Lisa Braden

In most running circles a large number of questions are centered around diet.

We will attempt to answer questions regarding race day nutrition and many more as I go a few easy miles with Lisa.

Fully Focused On Halves

Lisa had been running for 15 years before she signed up for her first full marathon.

Prior to the marathon, she had been focused on the half marathon distance and improving her times.

Running took a backseat when Lisa was pregnant and had young children.

Now that her youngest is 4 years old, she is able to focus more on her training.

Until a year ago, Lisa’s fastest half marathon time was her first race.

She was admittedly naive about how to pace and train properly.

Her post childbirth PR currently stands at 1:42.

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With Friends Anything Is Possible

Lisa connected with Wahoo Running and it didn’t take long for them to convince her to run a full.

This past summer Lisa and her running group came across a contest and on a whim decided to enter.

Michelob Ultra was taking video submissions for 95 runners to get a NYC marathon entry along with being coached by Shalane Flanagan.

Lisa and her friends wasted no time entering and much to their surprise they won.

The NYC marathon is an experience in itself.

In addition to the normal fanfare of the race, they also got many added perks that made the race one to remember.

Nutrition Can’t Be Overlooked

As a Registered Dietician, Lisa knows that diet plays a large role in one’s athletic performance.

Many of her suggestions are science-based, but she also leaves room to tailor her services to each individual.

What works for one person, may not work for another.

For distances shorter then a marathon, ideal nutrition is not as critical to performance.

Races that are 26.2 and beyond require the runner to be well hydrated and fueled for optimal performance.

Some standard recommendations that Lisa suggests on race day are:

  • Eat boring foods that you tolerate well
  • Don’t try anything new
  • Eat easily digestible carbs (oatmeal, bananas, etc)

A low carb, high fat diet can work as a fuel source for long steady efforts.

Ketones are a longer sustaining energy source than carbohydrates.

Though the current research still recommends a high carb diet as optimal for performance.

Lisa Braden

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