Hello everyone 🙂
How is your week so far? Things over here have been pretty hectic with me being at work for about 12 to 13 hours a day but since things are working so far I have absolutely no complaints 🙂 . Training has slowed down this week – and this is totally intentional – since my half marathon is coming up on Sunday – and I was swamped….
Speaking of training, there is one aspect that I have to admit I have been struggling with since I started this cycle, or even from before that. That is food and fuelling. I have done all the rookie mistakes – as expected – along with gaining 8 – 10 lbs during training for my first half marathon and going into an evening long run with merely a banana and an insufficient lunch before it.
I don’t know if it is the fact that I have been crazy busy or just not organised lately but yes my eating has been totally all over the place.
With all the above in mind, about a month ago, I got an email from an editor asking me if I was interested to review a running related book that would be coming out soon. I read a bit about the book and when I saw it was called “Fast Fuel – Food for Running Success” I literally jumped at the opportunity! It could not have come at a better time!
I have to admit in the beginning I was a little scared, since given the new hype of “healthy lifestyle professionals” who have been all around the internet giving advice on matters that they are totally cluelles and untrained for (yes, I know other topic for other time…) or promoting fake/unhealthy diets, food replacements and pills, I really wanted to know who the author was and how qualified she was.
So I did my research (occupational hazard LOL), read the book and tried a few recipes. The author is Renee McGregor who is a REAL sports nutritionist – you know one of those that actually go to school for it! – with several academic degrees who works with professional and elite athletes. She is one of the best in the UK!
I totally fell in love with the book! The main reason is because Renee uses science to support all of her suggestions in the book. And trust me when I tell you, I have been asked to review a few of those “clean eating” guides that clueless people write and I ‘ve had my hair standing up on the top of my head with all the misguided misconceptions that i have read… This book, I will happily recommend because I honestly believe that it can educate the runner. Here are a few main points that I really liked:
- It gives you a very good – scientific but still understandable – introduction on how the body works when food is consumed and what is the break down process.
- It gives you example of meal plans depending on the type of training you have scheduled for the day (HIIT, speed work, easy runs etc) and also explains what your body needs and why, depending on what type of work out you do.
- It provides you with real life examples. It does NOT offer a specific diet or a meal plan rather it gives the reader all the tools it needs to make his/her own meal plan tailored to their needs.
- It has some really yummy recipes and offers home made alternatives to all store bought types of fuelling.
All and all I would recommend this to any runner who wants to improve their performance but can’t budget in £100/visit for nutritionist appointments 😉
I read most of it in the subway on my way to and from work, but I soon realised that this was more like a guide that you study than a book that you read – totally my style 😉 – so I started high-lighting and note keeping so I can really remember all the bits I want to!
And exactly because I liked it so much, I am doing a GIVEAWAY and one lucky reader would get their very own copy of “Fast Fuel – Food for Running Success” 😀 😀 To enter the the giveaway go here –>
So here is my rating for the book: 10/10 🙂
Oh and don’t forget it is almost the weekend 🙂 Have a great rest of the week everyone!!
*Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of the book in order to review it, however this is, as ALWAYS, my very OWN personal opinion.