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QT: How to Eat Well When Traveling for a Race


One of the biggest race day fears for many runners is an unexpected bout of GI distress.

Because, seriously, no one wants to be this guy.

When we are at home, it’s easy to control the food we eat because (hopefully!) we are preparing it ourselves!

When traveling for a race, you may find yourself eating more restaurant meals during race weekend than you do in the entire training cycle leading up to the race.

Joining me on today’s quick tip episode are two folks that know a thing or two about traveling to races and eating well while doing so.

Tom Leddy and Carol Valls are the co-writers of the book The Ultimate Travel Guide for Runners.

If you have a destination race on your horizon, you definitely want to check out their book full of tips and tricks that will help you save some money and improve your traveling/racing experience. Read more

Brad Kearns Is Encouraging Endurance Athletes To Go Back To The Basics


Today I’m going a few easy miles with coach, author, speaker, and former pro triathlete Brad Kearns.

Brad was once ranked as high as number 3 in the world as a triathlete.

Endurance sports are his specialty and he offers ways for anyone to improve performance.

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QT: Do Sports Drinks Really Supply Your Calorie Needs on Race Day?


Most sports drinks marketed to runners claim to provide all of your calorie needs on race day.

But do they?

Hmm

Before we go too far down this path, I just want to remind you that I am a Tailwind Trailblazer (Ambassador).

So keep that in mind, for whatever you think it’s worth. Read more

Last Thing You Want to Be Doing Mid Race

Quick Tip: Fueling Options, GI Distress, & Surviving Long Races


When it comes to race day nutrition, there is no shortage of fueling options available.

That said, not all fueling options are viable choices for every runner.

For example, I find gels to be completely unpalatable. I have tried several different brands and flavors, and I simply find them all disgusting. My stumbling block is the texture/consistency of the gels, but thankfully there are other fueling options available that I don’t have any trouble using during a race.

For me, my fueling options are limited by my taste buds/gag reflex.

My Reaction Every Time I Try a Gel

My Reaction Every Time I Try a Gel

I am lucky.

I know many runners that struggle with GI distress when they take in nutrition during a race, no matter what type of fuel source they use.

I can’t imagine be forced to find a port-a-potty (or bush to squat behind) within minutes of eating something during a race, but for many runners that is their reality.

The 10,000 Foot View of Mid-Race Nutrition

I am a lot of things, but one thing I am not is a gastroenterologist. Read more

Katie Rosenbrock, Medal in Hand

Katie Rosenbrock Has Seen the Impact of Nutrition in Running and Life


Today on the show, I’m talking running and food with Ms. Katie Rosenbrock from Hungry-Runner.com.

Katie Rosenbrock, Medal in Hand

Katie Rosenbrock, Medal in Hand

Less Than Ideal Marathon Training

When I asked Katie about her favorite distance to race, she highlighted the half marathon as her race of choice.

But she also mentioned that her first (and so far only, though she’s got another one on her calendar) marathon was pretty difficult. When I asked her about the difficulty of her first 26.2, she told me that she was sick with the flu TWICE during her training for the race!

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, one of the weeks of training that she missed was her longest long run (20 miles) of the training cycle.

Talk about a bad break! Read more