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The new rules of marathon and half-marathon nutrition : a cutting-edge plan to fuel your body beyond "the wall"
Fitzgerald, Matt.
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1st Da Capo Press ed.
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Boston, MA : Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books, 2013.
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x, 291 pages ; 24 cm
Fitzgerald teaches you the most effective ways to fuel your training to achieve your best performance. Geared to runners of all levels, he aims to help you attain your ideal racing weight, build a satisfying diet based on the best meals and snacks for runners, and avoid common pitfalls such as GI discomfort.
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Includes index.
Foreword / by Kara Goucher -- Introduction: The wall-hitters club -- The two-rule diet. Meeting your carbohydrate needs ; Getting lean ; Practicing the two-rule diet -- Performance nutrition from day 1 to race day. Fueling your workouts ; The Taper diet ; Prerace nutrition ; Race nutrition ; After the race -- Nutrition-training synergy. Training for the wall ; Nutrition-training plans for the half marathon ; Nutrition-training plans for the marathon.
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GV1065.17.T73 F57 2013 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From basic tenets of training to nutrition guidelines,this is the first resource for runners to fully integrate nutrition with training for a complete and systematic pre-race plan. "A must for marathoners"( Library Journal ).

Every year, roughly 2 million people participate in marathons and half marathons in the United States, and, no matter what level they are, every one of these runners has likely hit "The Wall," running out of muscle fuel in the final miles and slowing down precipitously. This setback and other common running disappointments are nutritional (or metabolic) in nature. In The New Rules , renowned fitness journalist and training coach Matt Fitzgerald cuts through the myths,distilling the most up-to-date science to help runners overcome the universally experienced nutritional barriers that prevent success in the marathon and half marathon.

Fitzgerald's powerful and easy-to-use tools will enable runners of all levels to attain their ideal racing weight, calculate their precise daily energy needs, and formulate a custom nutrition plan.

Author Notes

Matt Fitzgerald is an endurance sports writer, coach, and nutritionist. He is a coach and spokesperson for PEAR Sports and former senior editor at Triathlete and Competitor . Fitzgerald has contributed to Men's Health , Outside , Runner's World , Shape , and other publications. He lives in Northern California with his wife.

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Library Journal Review

Marathoners are all familiar with "the wall," the point in a race when the body runs out of glycogen and glucose. Sports nutritionist Fitzgerald (Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run) argues that runners can't reprogram their bodies to use these carbohydrates differently, but they can alter their prerace nutrition to optimize their bodies' use of them. Studies of Kenya's champion runners show that the traditional Kenyan diet is more than 76 percent carbohydrates, while Americans consume only 50 percent. Most runners are familiar with the idea of carboloading, but Fitzgerald redefines and quantifies the concept. Donuts won't do it! This comprehensive plan considers all aspects of training and all types of food. Devising an individual plan is made easier by tables outlining specific training goals. For example, a runner weighing 120 pounds and training 40 minutes per day requires 163 to 218 grams of carbohydrates. Sample menus and recipes are included. VERDICT Extremely well done, though it will appeal to a limited audience. A must for marathoners!-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.