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Could Beetroot Help You Run a PB?

When it comes to racing, many of us are looking for those marginal gains to help us run a PB. Like ensuring we are fuelled properly, utilising a proper carb load, trying out the latest Super Shoes...but what about nitrate loading? For this week's episode of the Cook Eat Run podcast, I chatted with Sports Dietitian and super speedy runner Tom Hollis about why he takes Beetroot concentrate in the days leading up to his goal races and why it might be something worth trying to the everyday runner. Listen to the Cook Eat Run Podcast Here Why is beetroot beneficial for runners? So it's not about...

Could Beetroot Help You Run a PB?

When it comes to racing, many of us are looking for those marginal gains to help us run a PB. Like ensuring we are fuelled properly, utilising a proper carb load, trying out the latest Super Shoes...but what about nitrate loading? For this week's episode of the Cook Eat Run podcast, I chatted with Sports Dietitian and super speedy runner Tom Hollis about why he takes Beetroot concentrate in the days leading up to his goal races and why it might be something worth trying to the everyday runner. Listen to the Cook Eat Run Podcast Here Why is beetroot beneficial for runners? So it's not about...

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The ‘Easiest’ Way to Get in to The Tokyo Marathon

I know a lot of people who are on the hunt for their Six Star Medal and for many, they are missing one or two elusive bibs; Boston & Tokyo.  To run the Boston Marathon you have a couple of options - run a time qualifier, run for charity (usually $10,000+) run with a tour company (I recommend Sports Tours International or 2.09 events) or enter the Six Star Ballot.  For those wanting a Tokyo bib, the ‘easiest’ way of getting into the Tokyo Marathon is to run for charity.  Run the Tokyo Marathon for Charity Now it’s not as simple as applying for a range of charities like the...

Boston Marathon 2024 Race Recap

In my opinion, the Marathon Majors are special. All marathons are special in their own way but there's something about the Majors that I just love. The extra fan fare, the events in the lead up to race day, the 'stash'. It's the running equivalent the the Golf Majors or Tennis Majors. They are just bigger, there's more excitement around them. And this year's Boston Marathon did not disappoint. This was my second time running and third time in Boston for the marathon, and there seemed to be more shake outs, pop-up shops and events this year than in previous years. It was hard to keep track of...

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 Half Marathon Fuelling Guide

 Half Marathon Fuelling Guide

I know far too many runners that don’t fuel during a half marathon, claiming that they ‘don’t need to’. And whilst it’s true that you can get through a 13.1 mile run without taking on extra carbs, you are unlikely to perform at your best and you’re more likely to...

The Best Energy Gels for Running

The Best Energy Gels for Running

In the process of writing this, I have tested a LOT of gels, and will continue to add them to the list as I try other brands, flavours and products (it is not an exhaustive list...yet!). Next up, it’s chews and drinks, sign up to my email list to be the first to get...

How To Carb Load For A Marathon

How To Carb Load For A Marathon

How to carb load for a marathon Carbohydrates are the body's preferred source of energy, particularly when it comes to marathon distances. And a great way to prepare for 26.2 (or any run of over 90 - 120 mins) is to fill up your glycogen (carbohydrate) stores to...

Roasted Veg Hummus Salad

Roasted Veg Hummus Salad

Roasted Veg Hummus Salad I think that this easy dinner works at any time of the year: just swap any of the veggies for whatever is in season. This also makes a brilliant packed lunch to refuel after a midday workout, or to prepare for an evening session. 1 small head...

5 a-day Cottage Pie

5 a-day Cottage Pie

5-A-DAY COTTAGE PIE I love how versatile cottage pie can be; swap out the toppings, meat, or even use a meat-free alternative. Pop this in the oven while you stretch and shower post-run, or while you complete your run if someone else is at home, and be ready for a...

5 a-day Veggie Curry

5 a-day Veggie Curry

5 a-day Veggie Curry The two hours after exercise are really important for accelerating recovery; muscles are more receptive to nutrients to begin that rebuilding process during that period. But you need to consider the timing of your next training session. Is it...

5 a-day Asian Noodle Salad

5 a-day Asian Noodle Salad

5 a-day Asian Noodle Salad The recent American Gut Health Study tested the gut health of Brits, Australians and Americans, and discovered that those with 30+ plant points in their diet per week had better gut health than those with just 10. We want to aim beyond just...