PODCAST: CE & Barry Murray on nutrition and performance – part 3

PODCAST: CE & Barry Murray on nutrition and performance – part 3

René Borg speaks to Barry Murray, performance nutritionist and owner of OptimumNutrition4Sport, after our first of joint workshop in Wicklow. This time we are taking questions submitted by you. 

This is Part 3. Listen to Part 1 or Part 2.

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(note we had a few outages, they have been largely edited out)

In part 3 of this 3 part series we answer your questions and talk about:

  • A look back at the recent workshop and how it went
  • How to avoid digestive tract issues in the marathon
  • Are carbs a better food than fats for elite marathoners?
  • How to fit in all the good habits in a busy lifestyle and still stay social
  • Can you do anything to avoid excessive fluid loss if you’re a heavy sweater?
  • Does it make sense to provide a generalised daily food guide?
  • Should we use protein supplements such as whey protein or BCAA? (also read Barry’s related piece ‘A bit on protein’)
  • Is it recommended to use intermittent fasting only in the morning or can it be used at different times of day?
  • How do you know if you’re running correctly? (note the comment 2.5 to 3.5 steps per MINUTE should have been 2.5 to 3.5 steps PER SECOND – our bad!)
  • What’s the value of VO2 testing for setting zones for newbies and elites? (also check Steve Magness blog for a more detailed criticism of zone training and the issues with VO2max)
  • What sweeteners are best – is it stevia, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave syrup or none of them? (check out the mentioned  ‘Sugar the bitter truth’ lecture at Amazon by Robert Lustig)


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>>> Read more about lactate testing on www.lactate.com

>>> Read Barry Murray’s related piece ‘The protein low-down’

>>> See the itinerary of the upcoming workshops

Also published on Medium.

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Rene Borg is the head coach of Glendalough AC and a passionate runner competing over all distances and terrains.

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