The Eat for Endurance Podcast

Athlete Nutrition Profile - Elite Ultra-Runner and Coach, Lisa Smith-Batchen

April 09, 2021 Claire Shorenstein MS RD CDN with Lisa Smith-Batchen Season 3 Episode 40
The Eat for Endurance Podcast
Athlete Nutrition Profile - Elite Ultra-Runner and Coach, Lisa Smith-Batchen
Show Notes

Welcome to Episode 40 of the Eat for Endurance Podcast, featuring elite ultra-runner and coach, Lisa Smith-Batchen. 

I have been trying to get this episode recorded for AGES, and am so excited that our schedules finally aligned for this interview and I am able to share it with you all. 

Lisa is beyond inspiring - not just because of the incredible things she has accomplished athletically across many decades (a very very long list that includes adventure races, Ironman events, and ultra-marathons), but also because she is a trailblazer for women in endurance sports. She was one of the first to demonstrate that women can compete alongside men and even win endurance events outright. Lisa was the first American to win the Marathon des Sables 150 mile stage-race through the Moroccan desert and has twice won the Badwater Ultramarathon (135 miles through Death Valley). Lisa also is the only person to run from Las Vegas, NV to the summit of Mt. Whitney, covering 306 miles, the first female to complete the “Badwater Quad,” covering 584 miles in about two weeks, and the first and only person to run 50 miles in 50 states in 62 days!

At 60 years young, Lisa is a role model for longevity in the sport of running and balancing her passion for running with other priorities in her life. She has two daughters, runs Dream Chasers Outdoor Adventures with her husband, and is passionate about sharing her love of fitness as a teacher and coach. She also is committed to turning her “passion into purpose” by raising money for those in need through her athletic pursuits. As she got older and retired from racing, her runs got longer and she raised an impressive sum of money for charity. Many of her amazing feats of endurance were accomplished in her 50s! 

We all have so much to learn from Lisa. And believe me, she drops many pearls of wisdom during this interview, so you may want to take notes!

Lisa, thank you so much for being so generous with your time and for sharing your athletic and nutrition story. I know I’m not alone when I say, we can’t wait to read your book! ;) 

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