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Yuki Kawauchi and Desiree Linden were the winners of a Boston Marathon which overturned every possible form book of the IAAF Gold Label road race on Monday (16).

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BY STUART WEIR
 
A great pole vault competition.
 
There have been many great events this weekend but it is hard to think of a more exciting competition than the Women's Pole vault. Christian Coleman had to "work" for just over 6 seconds to win his 60m gold medal. Sandi Morris was out there for 3 hours to win hers.
 
Two streaks came to an end. Katerina Stefanidi, the reigning World outdoor and Olympic champion, was finally beaten after a winning streak of 19 competitions. Sandi Morris broke a less welcome streak - silver at the Worlds Championships (indoor and outdoor) and the Olympics.
 
Pole vault involves running with a pole and vaulting over a high bar. It involves a lot more than that! An elite competition is often two competitions in one, with the event over for some athletes before others have started. When Stefanidi entered the competition at 4.70, others had been jumping for an hour and a quarter. When Stefanidi cleared 4.70 and moved on to 4.75, only six competitors of the original 12 were still standing - or still vaulting.
Monday, 09 April 2018 22:16

Eating for Endurance

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BY NANCY CLARK, MS, RD, CSSD
 
What's the best way to fuel for the Boston Marathon? Should I eat a high fat diet to train my body to burn more fat and less glucose? What percent of calories should come from carbohydrate? protein? fat?
 
When it comes to eating for endurance, today's runners are confronted with two opposing views:
• Eat a traditional carbohydrate-based sports diet, or
• Eat a fat-based diet that severely limits carbohydrate intake.
 
What should an eager marathoner, Ironman triathlete, or ultra-runner eat to perform better? Here's what you want to know about eating for endurance, based on the Joint Position Statement on Nutrition for Athletic Performance from the American College of Sports Medicine, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Dietitians of Canada.
 
1. Eat enough calories.
Most runners need ~21 calories per pound (45 cal/kg) of lean body mass (LBM). That means, if you weigh 150 pounds and have 10% body fat, your LBM is 135 pounds, your estimated energy needs are 2,800 calories a day. That said, energy needs vary from person to person, depending on how fidgety you are, how much you sit in front of a computer, how much muscle you have, etc.. Hence, your body is actually your best calorie counter—more accurate than any formula or app!

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