One look at social media and you’ll likely see some runners declaring devotion to a plant-based lifestyle and others shouting their love for bacon from the rooftops. Everywhere you look, runners are swearing up and down, “THIS is the diet that boosts running performance!”
We all want a healthy diet over all, but what that means to different runners can vary widely. Some of us watch our diets closely, others don’t. Some of us allow for daily or weekly splurges, others follow rigid rules until race day. And nobody seems to agree on which path is the right one for an athlete. Can removing all animal products really lead to enhanced performance? Is meat an essential element of a healthy athlete’s diet? Is there some middle ground?
With all the conflicting viewpoints about what amount of animal-products in a diet is optimal, I decided to explore different diets with runners who actually follow them. It won’t lead to any real scientific conclusions of course, but I was interested to learn what these runners had to say. Read more >>