The Eat for Endurance Podcast

17: Athlete Nutrition Profile - Ultrarunner, Mountaineer, and Adventure Racer Marshall Ulrich

January 22, 2020 Claire Shorenstein, MS RD CDN with Marshall Ulrich Season 2 Episode 17
The Eat for Endurance Podcast
17: Athlete Nutrition Profile - Ultrarunner, Mountaineer, and Adventure Racer Marshall Ulrich
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The Eat for Endurance Podcast
17: Athlete Nutrition Profile - Ultrarunner, Mountaineer, and Adventure Racer Marshall Ulrich
Jan 22, 2020 Season 2 Episode 17
Claire Shorenstein, MS RD CDN with Marshall Ulrich

I’m very excited to kick off Season Two of the Eat for Endurance Podcast with ultrarunner, mountaineer, adventure racer, speaker, and author, Marshall Ulrich. As an athlete, Marshall’s list of accomplishments is impressive, to say the least (and still growing, too). Just to name a few: he has climbed Mount Everest, crossed Death Valley on foot (in July) a record 22 times, completed the Seven Summits all on first attempts, finished more than 100 ultramarathons averaging over 100 miles each, competed in all nine Eco-Challenge adventure races, and broke two transcontinental speed records at the age of 57 when he ran 3,063.2 miles in 52.5 days from San Francisco to New York.

This last feat was the basis for his 2011 memoir, Running on Empty, which I read several years ago after meeting Marshall and highly recommend. I also thoroughly enjoyed his latest book, Both feet on the ground: Reflections from the Outside, which details his life on the farm and how it shaped his own approach to food and nutrition. 

Our conversation took us through a wide variety of topics, including:

  • The disconnect between us and nature, and the role this plays on our relationship with food and health (i.e. confusion or obsession with eating the “right” foods).  
  • How being an endurance athlete means becoming an “expert in eating” 
  • Being a vegan vs omnivore (a particularly hot topic right now, especially in the endurance world)
  • The extreme differences in fueling for his various events (e.g. climbing Mt. Everest vs Badwater vs Eco-Challenge)
  • Becoming a role model for longevity in sport - staying active and strong through your 50s and 60s

I hope you enjoy this episode and find some inspiration in our conversation! If you wish to learn more about Marshall:

Disclaimers & Announcements:

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/eatforendurance)

Show Notes

I’m very excited to kick off Season Two of the Eat for Endurance Podcast with ultrarunner, mountaineer, adventure racer, speaker, and author, Marshall Ulrich. As an athlete, Marshall’s list of accomplishments is impressive, to say the least (and still growing, too). Just to name a few: he has climbed Mount Everest, crossed Death Valley on foot (in July) a record 22 times, completed the Seven Summits all on first attempts, finished more than 100 ultramarathons averaging over 100 miles each, competed in all nine Eco-Challenge adventure races, and broke two transcontinental speed records at the age of 57 when he ran 3,063.2 miles in 52.5 days from San Francisco to New York.

This last feat was the basis for his 2011 memoir, Running on Empty, which I read several years ago after meeting Marshall and highly recommend. I also thoroughly enjoyed his latest book, Both feet on the ground: Reflections from the Outside, which details his life on the farm and how it shaped his own approach to food and nutrition. 

Our conversation took us through a wide variety of topics, including:

  • The disconnect between us and nature, and the role this plays on our relationship with food and health (i.e. confusion or obsession with eating the “right” foods).  
  • How being an endurance athlete means becoming an “expert in eating” 
  • Being a vegan vs omnivore (a particularly hot topic right now, especially in the endurance world)
  • The extreme differences in fueling for his various events (e.g. climbing Mt. Everest vs Badwater vs Eco-Challenge)
  • Becoming a role model for longevity in sport - staying active and strong through your 50s and 60s

I hope you enjoy this episode and find some inspiration in our conversation! If you wish to learn more about Marshall:

Disclaimers & Announcements:

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/eatforendurance)