Looking for ProTips on how to take your nutrition to the next level with an experienced Ultra-Marathon runner? Shane Finn is the Irishman who ran 24 marathons in 24 days last year and now is ultra-running and ultra-biking across America in 36 days to raise awareness and support for spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. He started at the Golden Gate Bridge and finishes at the Brooklyn Bridge on May 3, 2019. Check out his SportRx interview video below or keep reading to find out more about Shane Finn’s top 4 nutrition habits that keep him at the top of his game.
4 Nutrition ProTips
Keep it simple. Eat fresh local food. Shane started off his first nutrition ProTip with this quote, “If you can simplify the complexities then you are going to do really well”. He recommends stripping back nutrition to its roots and stay away from the fads and trends of complicated nutritional diets. Stop searching for the magic sauce, diet or product as a shortcut to get you to your training goals. When you simplify your nutrition approach, it allows you to hone in on what is working and what is not and make changes accordingly.
This leads us to nutrition ProTip two, eat fresh unprocessed foods. Eating high quality food whenever you can is so important. When you are putting in high quality training and effort toward your goal, it’s essential to back that up with high quality food. Stick with the tried and true method of eating high quality clean food to keep you performing at your best.
When it comes to endurance training, how you refuel is more important that what you eat before a workout. Keep things fairly light before working out will help keep you light and fast while your run. Shane avoids carb loading since it makes him feel slow and bloated. He explained that most of his carb intake happens post training session. Loading up on good fats, protein and carbs such as eggs, avocados and bacon, is Shane’s preferred post workout diet.
How many gels or supplements will get me through this workout? Wrong question. Instead by looking at your overall health you can optimize your performance as a whole. How you fuel your body, eating good clean quality food is the foundation to overall health. Over the last 2-3 years, Shane has opened his eyes to the benefits of focusing on overall health for his endurance performance. When 20% of your day or week is spent training for a marathon or ultra-race, its important to see what could improve for your overall health, and thus increase your ability to perform in endurance sports.
For more Tips with Shane, check out his Marathon Training Tips, to help boost your marathon training game. We could all use a little more time and work life balance. Shane and Sunglass Rob delve into how they handle balancing a busy schedule with training in their interview together, check it out here.
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