Faster Recovery & Repair (A Review of Genuine Health’s Pain Relief Line)

sarah cuff Avoiding Injury, Run Recovery, Run Stronger, Running Performance, Supplements 4 Comments

Last week on Wednesday evening I went for a 40km night run in the mountains, a double loop with some pretty crazy climbing and elevation overall. I started running as the sun went down and finished as the it rose the next morning. Unfortunately, in the last hour of that run I experienced a very odd and more than annoying jarring pain in …

Run Faster: Top 8 Ergogenic Aids

sarah cuff Ergogenic Aids, Running Performance 3 Comments

It takes many things coming together well in order to ‘run faster’ and I’m adamant that building a stronger, healthier body is the first step to doing so. However, for those who are healthy, well-trained and looking for that cutting edge, there are a few key ergogenic aids (in this case, nutritional strategies known to enhance athletic performance) that will …

Cordyceps for Energy & Running Performance

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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 …