Cordyceps for Energy & Running Performance

sarah cuff Ergogenic Aids, Running Performance 4 Comments

In August of 1993, China’s Olympic women’s running team broke 3 world records at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Germany – one of them, Wang Junxia, ran a record 2:24:07 in the marathon. A mere 2 months later, she broke more records at the National Games in China, including shaving off 42 seconds from the 10,000 meter record (running a 29:31). …

How to Fuel your Run

sarah cuff Carb-Loading for Runners, Ergogenic Aids, Nutrient Timing, Running Performance 1 Comment

As a sports nutritionist who works primarily with runners, one of the most common questions I get asked is what to eat before running. You’d think by now I’d have a short, quick answer because I’ve now worked with so many runners, teach sports nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition as well as workshops on the subject, continue to read …

The Latest on Tart Cherries, Omega-3s and Beer

sarah cuff Ergogenic Aids, Food Trends, Run Recovery, Running Performance Leave a Comment

One of my favourite places to find the latest on sports nutrition research is the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN). Today I thought I’d do a quick roundup of studies published recently that either provide further confirmations on the benefits of foods I’ve been advocating for a while now; or offer a new nutritional insight in …

How to Avoid the “Runners Trots”

sarah cuff Food for Runners, Nutrient Timing, Running Performance, Training 3 Comments

Have you ever had to dash to the nearest washroom or porta-potty mid-run (or worse yet, mid-race)? If so, I um… I understand. Been there done that (and it’s a terrible place to be). But I know I’m not alone in having suffered these inconveniences. In working with so many runners, I see this issue show up about 20% of …

Energy for Running

sarah cuff Running Performance, Training 5 Comments

Aside from performance goals that my clients come to me with and I hear about from runners I give talks, seminars and workshops to, the goal of increasing energy levels is nearly always on their list of desired results. A need for more energy. Sound familiar? Lacking energy in general, wishing for more energy during runs and workouts, feeling depleted mid-afternoon and skipping …

Training Weight VS Racing Weight

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Our training weight (optimal healthy bodyweight) and our racing weight are two different numbers. Typically racing weight will fall on the low end of ‘Healthy Weight’ on the well-known and widely used BMI measurements chart (but certainly not always), while training weight will be up to 8% higher. This happens to be exactly the case for me – my training …

Quick Tips: Fast Breakfast Ideas for Busy Runners

kinseygomez Food for Runners, Recipes for Runners, Running Performance

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy, balanced breakfast can set you up to have an energetic, productive day, while an unhealthy one can lead to sugar cravings, fatigue, and unproductiveness. Clearly, the healthy, nutritionally packed breakfast is the way to go! Whether you are rushing out the door or spending some quality …

Can Medium-Chain Triglycerides Improve Performance?

sarah cuff Ergogenic Aids, Omega-3s, Running Performance, Superfoods for Runners, Supplements, Training 2 Comments

As a dedicated marathon runner always chasing down a new PB / PR, I’m all over ergogenic aids and using food strategically to enhance my performance. For example, using caffeine and beet juice have turned out to be quite advantageous to my race results. So when I began my latest round of fat-loading (also a strategy that’s benefited my performance in the past), where I …