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Laura Norris from This Runner's Recipes

Laura Norris Combines Her Passions of Food and Running to Help Others Reach Their Goals


Laura Norris is a friend and fellow running coach, and I’m excited to be spending some time chatting with her today.

Laura Norris from This Runner's Recipes

Laura Norris from This Runner’s Recipes

In addition to being into running and hiking (and just being active and outdoors), Laura also has a passion for healthy eating and really understands the impact that quality nutrition has on our running.

Getting Started as a Runner

Laura wasn’t a runner growing up. Read more

Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving Reminders…

For the Americans in the audience, you know what tomorrow is.

For those of you from somewhere else in the world, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in America.

Also known as the day that we take our collective gluttonous ways to a whole new level.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Our Spread Will Be Double This.
At Least.

All across America tomorrow, people will be bellying up to the dinner table and by they time the meal is over their bellies will have pushed them back an inch or two.

And in all honesty, I’m ok with it.


Look, at the end of the day, the things that we eat absolutely impact our how we are able to run.

The more we weigh, the more pounding our bodies take with each step and the more effort is required to move us from point A to point B.

But on special occasions, and major holidays can absolutely count as special occasions, it’s ok to over indulge.

That said, here are 3 things to keep in mind for those of you that will be feasting this year.

Thanksgiving Reminders for Runners Read more

The Best Foods to Eat Before a Marathon, or Other Race Distance (with Video)

Running a marathon or other distance event involves lots of training in order to prepare yourself physically for what it takes to finish the race.

One question that I get asked quite often is what the best foods to eat before a marathon are.

In this video, I’ll be explaining why there is no “best food” and what you need to do to make sure you have the right breakfast on the morning of your next race.

What is Your Typical Race Day Breakfast?

Running on an Empty Stomach

Quick Tip-Is There a Benefit to Running on an Empty Stomach?

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on Facebook and Twitter talking about the best options for fueling your body during a long endurance event. I’m partial to using real food as fuel, even if I don’t always practice what I preach.

But is there ever a reason to go running on an empty stomach?

Running on an Empty Stomach

I think there is.

I don’t remember exactly when I started doing it, but I haven’t done much fueling before a long run in awhile. Granted, I haven’t done a long run in awhile, but that’s neither here nor there. Getting back to the point, why would I purposely stack the deck against myself when it comes to fueling before a training run.

The answer is really simple, I want to make my training difficult so my races will be as “easy” as possible.

Flipping the Script on Race Day

I know what you’re thinking, that you’re not supposed to do anything on race day that you haven’t already tried dozens of times during your training. Yeah, well, I consider that to be more of a loose guideline as opposed to a hard rule.

I’ve called plenty of audibles on race day, and so far at least, I really don’t have any terrible stories to tell because of it.

But in this case, I’m giving myself an assist on race day. If I’m able to run 18+ miles with little to know fuel, it is actually easier for me to get through 26.2 when I’m fueling and hydrating regularly during the race.

To me, it’s the same reason a baseball player warms up with a heavier bat, a sprinter trains by running with a small parachute, and a swimmer does laps with a kick board. By making it harder in practice, you’re better able to overcome the challenge (mental and/or physical) in the actual event.

Should You Try Running on an Empty Stomach?

If you’re a new runner, I’d recommend holding off until you have  a few races under your belt.

But if you’ve been running for awhile, I’d absolutely recommend doing your morning training runs without eating anything and see how you feel. You might not notice the difference at first, but especially if it’s a long run day, you might really feel yourself crashing towards the end.

That’s ok.

Stack the deck against yourself by running on an empty stomach, and then stack the deck in your favor on race day by eating breakfast and fueling regularly.

For some more insight about running on an empty stomach, just hit play below!


2014 Christmas Gift Ideas for Runners–Fuel for Runners

Christmas 2014



As the holidays approach, the search for the perfect gift for each person on your list will only intensify. If you are shopping for a runner this year, over the next few weeks I’ll give you hundreds of gift ideas in a number of different running categories.

Christmas Gifts for Runners, 2014, Fuel, Hydration

Today, I will be looking at fuel for runners to use during a long run or race, as well as some options for carrying water with them while they are out on their runs. Read more