Fuel for the Active Body

Firstly, to get the most of this blog you need to be sure you understand the basics of nutrition.  I encourage you to re-visit my previous blogs on basics of nutrition, sugar, and fats and the Q&A on high protein diets.  For the most part, the same basic nutrition principles apply to those who do high levels of activity and athletes. Eat a varied diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein.  If you do this, you should meet the daily recommendations for all your macro and micronutrients.

In this blog, I will run through some of the principles of exercise metabolism and how this impacts nutritional needs.  I want you to better understand what is fuelling your body during exercise (mainly carbs!).  I will then go through how you can assess your own nutritional needs based on your activity.

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Originally the purpose of this blog post was to share with you all my experience training for my first half marathon and some of the advice I have to offer for beginner runners like me. Instead, I would like to share a story about an incredible woman I met during my training who, despite a major obstacle, found a new way to do what she loves – a new direction to run.

By now I’m sure many of you have heard about Harriette Thompson, the oldest woman to run a marathon. On May 31st, Harriette, who is 92-years-old, crossed the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon finish line. And just to clarify she ran not 3.1, not 13.1, but 26.2 miles!!! This phenomenal woman, a cancer survivor, has been running marathons since the age of 76 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Like Harriette, I’m also sure each and every individual who ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll has a great story as to why they run – even if it is as simple as “I Just felt like runnang!” (Had to!)

But out of those 19,000 individuals, I would like to spotlight the incredible woman who set out to break the Guinness World Record time of 2 hours 49 minutes for running a half marathon backwards. Yes, that’s right. 13.1 miles – BACKWARDS! Her name is Justine Galloway. Three years ago she was diagnosed with runner’s dystonia. Her left leg no longer listens to her brain. The pathway was fried. And Justine beats this by…yup, you guessed it! Running backwards.

I met Justine through the Milestone Running’s amazing run club here in San Diego. She reached out to all of us runners in hopes of finding a couple of witnesses that would run with her during the Rock ‘n’ Roll. The moment I read her letter, I knew I wanted to be a part of her journey and witness her inspiring determination.

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