Health and Nutrition

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,

A Refresher Nutrition Course for Ultrarunners

by Sunny Blende, MS, Sports Nutritionist As ultrarunners we usually are meticulous, even obsessive, about our training regimes; logging in every workout and having a plan for fueling during our long training runs and races. We know what we are going to eat and how much we are going to drink during each hour of