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Sports are soooo body conscious these days. Let’s face it – the tiny shorts (or not so tiny) runners wear and the spandex triathletes wear (among other athletes) are not very forgiving. Honestly, most people don’t look good in wetsuits – even a lot of the pros. Most athletes have body composition goals or a…(Read More)

Ironman Texas was this past weekend (Saturday, May 18, 2013). It looked to be a beautiful, if warm day in the days leading up to the race. We’ve had a very cool spring for Southeast Texas. We’ve had bouts of low’s in the 40’s and highs in the 50’s, 60…(Read More)

What do you do if you are going to do a long race and don’t like the nutrition that is provided on the course or just want to carry your own? One solution is to use concentrated bottles. When I ran the Paris marathon last year, I used concentrated bottles to pack in 5…(Read More)

Sarah Seppa, my current fabulous intern from the University of Houston Dietetic Internship, wrote this blog about using real food during endurance and ultra-endurance training and racing. Thanks Sarah! An Ironman triathlon takes a long time to complete, 11 to 16 hours for most athletes, give or take.  100-mile races take even longer…(Read More)

I Run Because. . .

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When I started training for my first marathon in 2000, I was running with Theresa (who has become my closest friend over the many miles we’ve shared). We started talking about why we run. When she asked me my reason for running, I told her it was because I am blessed to be healthy…(Read More)

The triathlon and running season is heating up here in Houston and around the country. If you are competing or doing races of any significant length this year, you need to plan how you will fuel your body during the event. What you do depends on the length of the event. For a 5K you…(Read More)

It is heating up out there – both the weather and racing!  When planning your race nutrition and hydration, it is important to keep these two items separate. The first item is fuel. When you plan your race nutrition, there is a certain number of calories or grams of carbohydrates per hour that you aim…(Read More)

Eat, Tweak, and Repeat

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We are entering the training season for a lot of endurance and ultra-endurance events. A couple of key ways athletes can improve their performance is to get their pre- and post-race nutrition nailed down. Knowing what you are going to eat in the couple of days before and immediately after a race can…(Read More)

A lot of my triathlon and running friends are starting training or hitting their peak training amounts for upcoming races.  When people start increasing their training, they seem to hit a point when they are hungry all the time.  Having been there, I can identify.  It is like there is this little voice in your…(Read More)

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