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Endurance Exercise, Gut Health, Recovery & Probiotics

November 12, 2019
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Ultramarathons. When one marathon is not satisfying enough, why not run several? In a row. Day and night, up mountains, across deserts. Yes, ultramarathon runners enjoy a uniquely punishing yet rewarding activity. They truly test the limits of human endurance, of mind, body and spirit, to keep running well beyond what any seemingly rational person would choose. If you’ve read any interviews with ultramarathon runners, they have unique stories behind their passion for the sport. As you might guess, running…

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Bone Health & Key Steps to Preventing Athletic Injury

November 6, 2019
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During the 2019 season, approaching the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, my good friend Dr. Greg Grosicki of Armstrong State University worked with my coaches and me to track improvements in my body composition.  We decided to look at several parameters with the DEXA scanner due to concerns with my bone mineral density. The primary risk of insufficient bone density was stress fracture which would result in a long rest period in the middle of my training heading into…

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10 Tips for a Lifestyle of Health & Wellness

June 14, 2019

In April, I celebrated my 30th birthday. For so much of my life, 30 seemed… so far away. I can still remember the days of thinking “When I turn 30, I’ll be married with two kids, own a house in the mountains, and be the CEO of my own business.” Lofty goals for an age that seemed so distant yet came so quickly. Not shockingly, most of those aspirations are still in the works, but what I do have is…

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Fitness Recipes

Pleasant Surprise Smoothie by Krissy Moehl

June 4, 2019

Unless I’m baking, I don’t follow recipes. I love cookbooks—Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. is at the top right now—and use them for inspiration and guidance, more like pulling out the gutter bumpers on a bowling alley. The beautiful pictures and precise measurements blur a bit and I add about a cup or tablespoon. If I really like an ingredient, like cinnamon, I’ll likely triple the recommended portion. So when I write a recipe for a smoothie… those of…

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Green Smoothie by Ellie Greenwood

May 23, 2019

I start practically every day with a homemade green smoothie. I find it’s a delicious and easy way to start the day with a punch of vitamins and nutrients. It ensures that I get a good dose of veggies without even thinking about it.  A homemade smoothie also avoids the wasteful single-use plastic bottles that store-bought versions generate.  If mornings are busy for you, prepare your smoothie the night before, store in the fridge, and simply blend in seconds when…

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Why Magnesium Is Just as Important for Athletes as Calcium

May 17, 2019

It’s pretty obvious that calcium is a key mineral for athletes. After all, athletic performance depends on bone and muscle strength, and boatloads of research have shown calcium helps young people build strong bones and stems bone loss in older folks.*[1], [2],[3] ,[4] But if you’re a competitor, there’s another mineral that’s just as important for you but not as well known: Magnesium! Here are five key reasons why you need magnesium: Magnesium Strengthens Bones, Too. Taken by itself, calcium…

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Running for the Long Haul

May 9, 2019

Healthy Habits That Are Imperative to Doing Just That I’m no stranger to the endurance realm. Having raced in long-distance ultra running events and completed in a long list of personal and challenging multi-day epics is what I thrive on. That being said, how do I keep this one body I have happy and healthy? Similar to many other endurance athletes who have been pushing their body to the limits, I have ridden the roller coaster of ups and downs…

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2 Easy Ways to Boost Your Pre-Workout Smoothie

April 27, 2019

It can be tricky to eat just the right thing before your workout. Your snack has got to have enough calories to give you the fuel you need but not so much that it weighs you down. Your performance provisions should have a good ratio of protein to healthy carbs to help you operate at your best. Enter smoothies. These liquid dynamos may be the ideal pre-workout food: they’re quick, light, and yummy. Plus, smoothie recipes are flexible, so it’s…

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Sustainable Ultra Training

January 14, 2019
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In my first three years of ultrarunning, I learned many valuable lessons about the importance of keeping my training sustainable. Not only can an individual over-race, over-train, and not rest enough when training for ultras, but one can also improperly fuel the machine. I plan to race ultras for a long time and keep running for my entire life. The sustainable approach to training and racing takes much more patience than getting as fast as possible, as soon as possible….

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Don’t Let These Common Pitfalls Sideline You from the Action

May 24, 2018

The weather’s warm now and you’re ready for summertime adventures, whether that’s scaling a mountain with your climbing buddy or the play structure of your local playground with your kids. Here are some common pitfalls that can keep you sidelined from the action—and the nutrients you need to prevent them. Pitfall #1 – Sore muscles It’s happened to all of us. You overdo it on a weekend run or bike ride, and the next day you’re stiff and sore all…

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