Welcome to Episode 54 of the Eat for Endurance Podcast, featuring Dr. Kelly Pritchett PhD, RDN, CSSD and Keely Henninger.
Kelly is a Sports Dietitian, Professor in nutrition and exercise science at Central Washington University, and an endurance runner. In Episode 36, she came on my show to discuss current research on a variety of nutrition topics, and she returns today to speak about two of her own studies, one that was published this year, and another that is in the works, in collaboration with Keely. Both studies examine the link between underfueling, exercise dependence, body dissatisfaction and performance among endurance runners.
Keely Henninger is an elite runner with Altra, a scientist, and one of the podcasts hosts of Trail Society. Keely has been on the trail and ultra racing scene for may years, and holds a number of race wins and other accomplishments, including being a member of Team USA, holding the USA 50-mile national champion title, two wins at Lake Sonoma 50, and a top 10 finish at Western States. Keely joins us for this episode to discuss a research study that she has been conducting with Kelly, and she also shares some of her own nutrition journey as a high-performing athlete.
I had a great discussion with these two amazing women on changing the narrative around fueling in endurance sport. We covered the importance of weight and body composition to performance, the appropriateness of weight periodization in recreational runners, the prevalence of underfueling in endurance athletes, and so much more.
Thank you Kelly and Keely for your time and for the important work you are both doing to improve our sport!
Without further ado, please enjoy my discussion with Kelly Pritchett and Keely Henninger on their recent research on fueling in the endurance athlete population.
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