A Supplemental Guide to BCAAs

Most of us have probably had an experience like the following: you walked into your local supplement store, you were bombarded by an overzealous “health expert,” and you felt so overwhelmed by the seemingly endless floor-to-ceiling displays of protein powders, jugs of creatine, and bottles of gluta-something-or-other capsules that you walked out empty-handed, your brain bogged down by over stimulation. Sound familiar? It also doesn’t help that the supplement business more » Read more

5 Post-Long Run Flapjack Recipes

Runner’s World recently posted an article about those flaky, syrupy, delightfully light yet sinful delicacies. Pancakes. Griddle Cakes. Hot Cakes. Flapjacks. Whatever you like to call them. I’m not a huge fan of breakfast foods (eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls and the like are not my favorite; it takes a while for my body to wake up and heavy items like such usually result in some immediate GI discomfort for this more » Read more

My Favorite Summer Post-Run Mocktails

I know you all have been there — one of those sweltering summer runs where all you can think about is a nice, cold post-run drink. Well, the end of summer is not yet in sight, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite mocktails to quench your thirst. Read on for some tasty liquid refreshment! Related PostsFive Ways to Welcome Summer Don’t Chase The Pace: Exertion-Based Training Hot more » Read more

EAT THIS BOOK: Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-The-Go Food for Athletes

Recently I revisited my unreal food post from 2012, kvetching a little about the carrying of real food while on the run and going on to discuss the real foods I’ve tried carrying and the pros and cons of different options.  Afterward I got an email from my sister (Salty), about a book she saw, called Feed Zone Portables, A Cookbook of On-The-Go Food for Athletes.  I immediately nabbed a copy more » Read more

Unreal Food Revisited – Natural Fuel Options for Runners

One of the most popular posts I have ever written is “A Real Conversation About Unreal Food,” which I wrote in August of 2012.  The post discusses a British Medical Journal article written by Timothy Noakes (of Waterlogged fame), and continues to bring traffic around to Salty Running, having received its latest comment just a couple days ago.  The BMJ article is heavily critical of certain sport science institutions that more » Read more

Too Much of a Goo Thing: Is Overuse of Gels Making You Slow, Fat and Broke?

I love walking into my local running store when it’s time to buy energy gels. I feel like a kid in a candy store! How could I not with all those shiny packages and fruity flavors to choose from? They’re fun to buy and they look like astronaut food; surely they will make me fast! When out on the run and feeling tired the temptation to rip open the sparkly more » Read more

“You Can Eat Whatever You Want!” – A Runner’s Perspective

Most people think runners love food. I would actually argue that most people love food. But when it comes to a runner’s diet, there’s a cliche that comes to mind:  pasta the night before races, bagels at the finish line, and beer and burgers after races. And while we’re at it, let’s throw in the post-long run breakfast – anything from a tall stack of pancakes to a full farmer’s more » Read more

Vegetarian Runner: Embracing the Label

Today I didn’t eat any meat. I didn’t yesterday either. Or the day before. Or the day before that. You didn’t know I was a vegetarian, did you? That’s okay. I didn’t either. But I am. And have been for a while. In order to put this story in context, let me give you a a little history and explain why what I eat matters. Read more

Quit Your Bellyaching: How to Fight Running GI Distress!

If you followed Rosemary’s posts, you may remember she completely overhauled her diet in 2012 to help combat the nasty GI problems she was having while running.  After finding out I have Celiac Disease, I’ve been there!  But cutting out problem foods wasn’t a golden ticket to relief from gastrointestinal distress while running; sometimes I feel like my tummy and I are waging war while I’m out there running. If more » Read more

Gluten Free Eating for Runners

Before being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, my running fuel revolved around whole wheat. Being diagnosed was simultaneously the worst and best thing that could have happened; the best thing because we finally had an answer to why I was so sick, but the worst because my favorite foods were suddenly off limits. Cake, bread, pasta, cereal – these were my favorite foods. The foundation of runner fuel is carbs–lots and more » Read more

Rosemary’s Paleo Runner Experiment

Two weeks ago, I started my Paleo Challenge. My goal? Determine if Paleo-style eating could fuel my running, at a moderate amount of mileage (50-60 miles per week). Many readers had wonderful tips and tricks and others expressed curiousity. The challenge was actually really fun and made me eat a lot more vegetables and a lot less sugar. I ate fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, meat, eggs, coffee and tea. I tried a few new recipes more » Read more

Is The Paleo Diet For Runners?

If you are like me, you probably don’t really know much about Paleolithic Nutrition. Up until a few months ago, I thought those on the Paleo Diet only ate nuts and seeds.  Nonetheless, I was curious. Around the time of my New Year’s Resolution, one of my work friends started bringing muffins and cake and cookies and all sorts of treats to work and calling them “Paleo.” Knowing the basics more » Read more

A Real Conversation about Unreal Food

How true is this statement? “Water is not the best fluid for rehydration, either during or after exercise.22“ Do you agree? So not too long ago we talked about gels, which are a really popular “food” item for many of us athletes. At almost exactly the same time, The British Medical Journal released an article detailing its investigation of the sports drink industry.  This report then gained momentum within the more » Read more

How to Host a Post-Run Brunch with Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast Bake

I love weekends. What do I love? Getting together with friends/family, long runs and slowing things down after a week of chaos. You know a great way to do all of these? Host a post-run brunch. Sure, it can be intimidating, even if you are an experienced meal-maker. But, the way I see it, you are going to run and you are going to eat, so you might as well host more » Read more