I was first introduced to Sarah almost a year ago at the First Half Running Seminar at the Roundhouse where she came to speak about running and nutrition – my two favourite topics! I already considered myself a pretty healthy eater so I wasn’t sure what else she could do to really help me.
Regardless, her company was called Eat 2 Run so she had me at hello. I quickly signed up to her newsletter, implemented some of her suggestions, particularly the matcha tea because I couldn’t drink coffee, and ended up contacting her 8 months later. Better late than never!
Things we worked on were increasing my iron levels which I’ve been struggling to keep up since my son was born, blood sugar and stomach issues, and most importantly to me – chronic knee pain which I had for years.
She took what I was already eating, moved some things around and then added some things. Her menu plan fit me like a tee! When I first started on her plan, the first thing I noticed was that I was no longer starving for each meal – just ready to eat – so that part was amazing. I couldn’t believe it to be honest. Blood sugar levels were evening out and I was starting to feel better.
After a few weeks of trial and error we noticed that FODMAPS were not my friend! I literally never even considered FODMAPS and pretty much glazed over them each time I heard or read about them because how could anyone be sensitive to healthy foods?! Seemed so bizarre.. but lo and behold… that was me! I didn’t end up cutting FODMAPs out completely but I now don’t have them the day before or on the day of a run or race which has made a world of difference. Who knew? Apparently she did!
Since I started following my action plan, I’ve ran 3 x 10K races with no problems whatsoever. I literally cannot believe how great my stomach felt during the races and lack of knee pain afterwards. After each race, I would wait for the pain to come, but there was either nothing or just general weakness. Normally, I would have been sore for weeks or months afterwards and now can run just a few days afterwards.
I also ended up with a huge personal best in my 10K – a 1 minute and 20 second PB in the Turkey Trot this year (51 minutes flat)! It’s hard for me to even write this because I don’t want to jinx myself but so far so good and I will take it!
I was the definition of insanity – doing the same thing and expecting a different result because I was already eating well but I still needed her help! I would 100% recommend Sarah to anyone looking to improve their health, running and shorten recovery time. I know now I could never have figured out this on my own and needed her ongoing support to keep me on track. The FODMAP food test phase has to be exact in order to learn anything and is hard to do on your own!
Her recipes were all fantastic too and I now use them daily! Even my son who is super picky likes her recipes! I learned so much and am so thankful for Sarah’s help! I look forward to my knees getting even stronger, becoming fitter, and more PBs in the future!
Tracy Riggins, Vancouver BC (fall 2015)
(nutrition coaching and run coaching client)
UPDATES (under ongoing run coaching, continuing to follow original nutrition plan)
February 14, 2016 – Brought home a 1:59:07 PB in the First Half Half Marathon… Nutrition was spot on – no digestive issues whatsoever. Felt fantastic first 14K – like REALLY fantastic. Felt like I wasn’t out of breath AT ALL and could run comfortably! Was a little weird… to be honest! Could have ran faster but I wasn’t about to do anything Sarah said not to do!! Around 14K I could feel my knee a little more but was still able to keep pace. I used her visuals… Helped a lot. Ran into a bit of trouble at 19/20K – both knees were screaming at me… but then, miraculously, I sprinted uphill under Granville Street bridge – like you said to and sprinted to finish! Not sure where that came from!!!
April 17, 2016 – Brought home a 48:29 PB in the Vancouver Sun Run 10k… PB! Stomach was fine – as were knees! Started out too fast… Race felt hard.
May 1, 2016 – Brought home a 1:57:27 PB in the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon… A PB by 2 minutes! Felt amazing until 15K. Followed the 1:50 pace bunny because I was feeling so good but paid for it later… On the bright side, I got a 2 min PB… Also 10 min PB over last year.
September 17, 2016 – Brought home a 48:11 PB in the Eastside 10k race… A shiny new PB!!! Plus 3 mins faster than last year! Success! Pretty happy considering all the hills, rain and wind! Another good thing is that this race wasn’t even half as bad as the Sun Run felt so I’m pretty happy about that too! I definitely felt stronger in this race 🙂
October 10, 2016 – Brought home a 46:47 PB in the Turkey Trot 10k race (4.5 minutes faster than last year and a PB by 1.5 minutes!)… YAY!!! I can’t believe I did this! No stomach issues, no knee pain. Felt a little harder than Eastside but easier than Sun Run. Can you believe it? I’m so shocked…. I keep thinking it must be wrong! I was so surprised when I got to the end! Good enough for 5th place too!
October 23, 2016 – Brough home a 1:50:59 in the Rock n Roll Vancouver Half Marathon today, which is almost a 7 minute PB! Yesssss! Huge thanks to Sarah and Eat2Run!!
May 25, 2016