New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition

Fitzgerald, Matt. The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition: a Cutting-Edge Plan to Fuel Your Body Beyond “the Wall.” Boston: Da Capo Press, 2013.

Reason read: So. I have this little run of 13.1 miles in Toronto in less than two weeks. I’m just now thinking I should research nutrition for this jaunt.

As much as I love books that are designed to make me a better anything my eyes glaze over when the information becomes too out-of-my-league. Take, for example Fitzgerald’s recommendation that runners should know “basic” information: body weight and V02 max. I can jump on a scale and figure out BMI, weight, fat % and bone density… but V02 max? I’m a middle-aged housewife just looking for a little more information on nutrition for runners. Obviously, The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition is for consumers who are much more hardcore about running than I am! But having said all that, there was a plethora of take-away information that I could (and probably will) use. Pre-race nutrition was especially helpful, as was the nutrition training plans and the chart of diet quality guidelines.

Author fact: Fitzgerald has written a few other books about running, nutrition and the like.

Book trivia: Kara Goucher, two-time Olympian, wrote the foreword for New Rules. Ryan Hall, also an Olympian, endorsed the book as well.

Racing Weight

Fitzgerald, Matt. Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance. Boulder, Colorado: Velo, 2009.

So. I may get a ration of crap from some people for reading this book. I will lay it all out there: I am 5’2″ (barely), weigh anywhere from 117 – 121lbs and have had a steady BMI of 22.1 since December 30th, 2013. I am average in every sense of the word. I am not a competitive runner so why the hell do I want to research racing weight? I can hear my loved ones right now, “you are fine the way you are!” I picked up this book because I was curious. Bottom line: curious. Then I was hooked on an idea. Hooked, as in Hook. Line. Sinker. What would happen if I tried to lose a few pounds of fat? What would happen if I became a little leaner? I am, after all, training for a 10k next month…

But. But! But, my little 10k is not what Fitzgerald had in mind, I’m sure. He was writing to endurance athletes with something a little bigger than a measly 10k on their minds. I get that. I was only curious about the types of foods these super people ate. People like Ryan Hall… Bottom line, this is a great book for those a little more serious minded than myself. I picked up a couple of great tips, but it didn’t become my bible.

Reason read: training.

Author fact: Matt has his own (very interesting) website here.

Book trivia: Fitzgerald covers more sports than just running.