Author Archives: Sunny Blende

Fueling Rim to Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon

September 27, 2008 was the day that three of my Northern California friends (Ana Braga-Levaggi, Janet Bodle, and Pam Jolliffe) had picked to run Rim to Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon. Chris Muller, photographer and fellow ultrarunner from Southern California joined us. I was doing some nutrition research to see what foods/products/liquids and

Read Those Labels

Nutritionists often talk about reading labels, encouraging you to look for healthy ingredients and recognizable foods that are close to their original source, such as whole wheat instead of white flour. But what happens when you pick up a packet of gel, a sports bar or a canister of powdered fuel? The ingredients read more

Nutritional Support for Sport Injuries – Eating your Way to Recovery

You’re an ultrarunner and you have an injury. Bad combination for training, not to mention your sanity. While ice, rest and physical therapy are significant in the treatment of cuts, bruises, muscle and joint injuries, broken bones and swelling, researchers are discovering that what an athlete consumes after being injured and during treatment can either

Nutrition for Your Long Training Runs

You want your nutrition to rebuild your immune system while maintaining the adaptation in the muscles that all those miles have produced. You spend considerable time carefully planning “a long weekend run” when you are training for your next ultra but you may not put the same amount of effort into planning your nutrition during

How Much Sugar Can We Stomach?

The array of food at a typical aid station in today’s ultramarathon races is overwhelming. The choices become almost as hard to negotiate as some of the trails. Besides all the latest sports nutrition products, there is usually a mixture of salty snack foods, candy bars, cut-up fruit, sandwich quarters and the high-glycemic potato dipped

Fats in the Endurance World

Second only to carbohydrates, fat may be the most misunderstood nutrient in endurance sports. There are those athletes who totally shun it and others, touting its virtues, just as emphatically embrace it. So, is fat good or bad? It‘s certainly not the bad guy that the masses thought two decades ago when the market was