Health and Nutrition

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

The LAST Article You’ll Ever Need to Read About What to Eat During an Ultramarathon

If you have been reading any newsstand magazines for the past few decades, you have probably watched with amusement the trail of articles on the “Last Diet You Will Ever Need”. These began with a total war on FATS and a brand new aisle in our grocery stores of fat-free products, including the infamous Snack-Well

Do UltraRunners *Really* Need Vitamin and Mineral Supplements?

No! Well, maybe. Well, sometimes. This has to be one of the more confusing and ongoing issues for all endurance athletes, ultrarunners in particular. We are bombarded daily with advertisements, articles, friends and doctor recommendations and so on even though the vast majority of ultrarunners receive the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of most vitamins and

Sunny Blende

Demystifying the BONK

By Sunny Blende, M.S., Sports Nutritionist Bonking, hitting-the-wall, crash and burn, total muscle fatigue, whatever the name – as an ultrarunner, this is your worst nightmare. When you are beginning to lose it, the cause of your meltdown matters less than the vision of your training, goals and dreams drifting out the window. But there

Deep Vein Thrombosis: What It Is And How To Prevent It

by Gary Towle, M.D. DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is a common but serious medical condition that affects approximately two million Americans each year. DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins, usually in the legs or pelvis. This disorder may result in serious complications such as a pulmonary

Dealing with Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

by Roy Stevenson, MS, Exercise Physiologist Muscle soreness and inflammation are some of the biggest nuisances for distance runners and unfortunately, many of the dubious treatments of these symptoms are based on all sorts of witchery and myth. Some of the treatments even exacerbate the soreness and prolong recovery. Runners can be a superstitious lot,