Do You Need Carbs To Run Fast? Concluding The Experiment, Sort Of

Common wisdom says you need copious amounts of carbohydrate to run your best, but who doesn’t love challenging common wisdom once in a while? After reading the Art & Science  of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Volek and Phinney last year, and following the work of Dr. Timothy Noakes, who was kind enough to give…

Low-Carb IQ Boost? Ketosis and Cognitive Function

I’ve been sticking to quite a low carbohydrate diet while enjoying this enforced running hiatus and awaiting my MRI results. Good news is, rather than gaining weight after going from 50+ miles a week running to zero, I’ve actually lost a few pounds over the past month and a half,…

Tweet: An Indictment of Sugar

Not a diet crusader. I do my thing, you yours. But this @NatGeo piece on sugar is mind blowing. http://t.co/FrcCunEZyM #EatMoreFatLessSugar — Ernesto Burden (@ernestoburden) November 27, 2013  

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Longest Running Break Ever, Intentional But Extended, And A Relief

I am taking a running break between seasons. I am glad to finally have given myself “permission” to do this. If you haven’t had one in a while, it’s worth exploring. It’s been a little more than three weeks and I’ve only run a couple of times. The first two…

The Next Experiment: Low-Carb Endurance Training

Well, the Stone Cat 50 Miler is behind me and I’m eight days into a solid stretch of recovery. No running for two weeks, just cycling and core workouts. Then light running and cross training for a while until it’s time to start training for Boston. It’ll be an exciting,…

My 50-Pound Weight Loss Story, Low-Carb Living, and a Cool Fitness Book, Podcast

There are a million diet books out there, and I’ve read or skimmed many of them. I’m a guy who’s wrestled with weight since I was a kid. My first grade yearbook sports the witty inscription, penned by a classmate, “Hey Burd, hope you don’t get mistaken for a walking…

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First week of my marathon training plan and I learn too much running can kill me? Or not…

Too much running will kill you is the gist of the Wall Street Journal piece several folks have pointed out to me this week. Ironic it is getting passed around on the week I start my training for the 2013 Boston Marathon. The WSJ story is built around an upcoming…

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Some takes on endurance sport nutrition that defy conventional wisdom: workout on an empty stomach, you need more fat

Sports nutritionist Ben Greenfield, who just became the new owner of the Endurance Planet podcast, shared his top 5 sports nutrition lessons from 2010 in the last episode (check it out here). A couple of these really caught my attention as they seem to fly in the face of not…

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Nutrition myths busted, so eat at night and drink your coffee

Some good, common sense news from the American Dietetic Assoc.'s annual meeting, including: There's no proof that calories consumed at night make you any fatter than calories consumed at other times of the day.  Makes perfect sense.  (Of course, if you have less self control at night vegging in front…

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Marathon Training Update: Registered for the Race, Pizza Theory Continues To Hold True

I registered for the Maine Marathon (Oct. 5) today.  I've twelve more weeks to finish getting in shape for my first marathon.  I'm pretty confident I can handle the distance – maybe a little less confident that I can do the distance in under 3:15 (which is 7:26 minute miles,…