Award Winning Athlete Shares Running Tips That Make A Difference
Tampa Bay, FL – September 9, 2015 – Fall is almost upon us and runners will soon be entering competitions with sights on the finish line. Laurie Wisotsky, a Master’s All American short distance champion, suggests that runners use this time to get back in the groove and prepare your body and mind for the upcoming races.
Actually, training year round is a must. And smart training makes all the difference. The first step on the road to smart training is your diet. Many people choose low calorie, carb or fat foods, but that diet may not fuel your body with the best energy for training.
A vegan diet works best for runner Wisotsky. “I feel better than ever and it has really helped me keep food in perspective. I’ve learned to respect the nutritional value of food and using food as a fuel, and not as a means of ‘getting skinny’”. For example, one of Wisotsky’s favorite mid-morning snacks is oatmeal with almond milk, bananas, blueberries and walnuts.
The vegan lifestyle began while training for the London marathon a few years ago. Wisotsky noted that she wasn’t feeling great despite being diligent about maintaining a healthy diet, and was feeling bloated and tired. After that marathon a nutritionist suggested going vegan.
Soon after, energy, stamina and an overall feeling of wellness validated the change in diet. From a performance perspective, nutrition has a dramatic effect on recovery after workouts and training. Wisotsky adds “Foods that are high-quality, nutrient-dense, alkaline-forming and easily digestible in proper portions can speed up recovery.”
Wisotsky is not alone in the vegan lifestyle. Many athletes such as Olympian track star Carl Lewis, tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams, ultra runners Scott Jurek and Michael Arnstein, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel and UFC fighter Mac Danzig, to name a few, have adopted the vegan lifestyle.
In addition to diet, Wisotsky reminds runners that some successful training tips are just simple common sense items that many of us often skip. The most important ones are the three “Good” tips. They are:
- Good Rest – It’s important to get a good night’s sleep every night and even more important to take a rest day from running. Working hard and training regularly is vital for success. But it’s also vital to rest so that your body can repair itself and regenerate.
- Good Nutrition – Fueling your body with healthy eating choices will speed up the turnaround time between workouts. Good nutrition will also raise your energy level allowing you to put in your best effort.
- Good Strength Training – Runners should focus on increasing the strength of their core, hips and glutes. Also, strength training has proven to help prevent injuries.
Wisotsky’s recent blog post, “How a Vegan Lifestyle Has Improved My Training and My Life” has more information about an athletic vegan lifestyle, can be found at: http://www.lauriewisotsky.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Team_Green_vegan.jpg
About Laurie Wisotsky: Laurie Wisotsky began her running career in 2007. Starting out as a novice runner with the positive attitude of “I can do it”, Wisotsky’s strength as an athlete grew over the years leading to her competing in world class marathons including the Boston Marathon, San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Athens, Greece Marathon and the London Marathon. A true athlete, injuries and surgeries did not deter Wisotsky. In 2014 her focus changed to short distance competitions which lead to several podium finishes and All American titles in the indoor/outdoor 1 mile/1500 meter events and 800 meter event at state and national championships. Wisotsky writes an informative and helpful blog on her website at www.lauriewisotsky.com