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What to Eat the Night Before a Marathon

What to Eat the Night Before a Marathon

How to build a healthy pre-marathon dinner, foods to avoid the night before the race and when to eat so you have you best race ever Table of contentsMeal compositionA note about fiberFoods and drinks to avoidWhen should you eat the night before?Pre-race dinner...

What To Eat For A Half-Marathon On A Plant-Based Diet

What To Eat For A Half-Marathon On A Plant-Based Diet

A comprehensive guide to fueling before, during and after a half marathon. Plant-based foods that will help you PR in your next race and foods to avoid! Preparing for a half-marathon is no easy task. Not only is training important for performance, but so is nutrition....

What To Eat Before Running A 5k

What To Eat Before Running A 5k

Whether you're a new runner or a seasoned runner trying to PR, choosing the right foods the night before and morning of a 5k can make or break your performance. Table of contentsWhat to eat before a training run2-4 hours before a run 1-2 hours before a run 30-60...

The Best Foods For Runners To Have In Their Pantry

The Best Foods For Runners To Have In Their Pantry

The ultimate list of more than 100 pantry staples every runner should have in their pantry so that they can whip up a nutritious meal in minutes! Now more than ever, many runners are realizing the importance of a well-stocked pantry. Having shelf-stable essentials on...

17 Best Pieces of Cold Weather Running Gear

17 Best Pieces of Cold Weather Running Gear

These 17 pieces of clothing will keep you warm when running in the winter. Everything from leggings to jackets to hats to gloves! This post includes affiliate links. If you purchase anything in this post, I will receive a small commission. Living in New York means I’m...

How To Develop Mental Toughness For A Marathon

How To Develop Mental Toughness For A Marathon

How runners can develop mental toughness and strength for a marathon. These 8 expert-approved tips will help you build confidence on your way to 26.2. Mental toughness can often feel like something you’re born with or you’re not. In reality, keeping your cool during a...

5 Reasons To Get A DEXA Scan

5 Reasons To Get A DEXA Scan

Find out 5 reasons to get a DEXA Scan, including how it can help you target your muscle training and track your progress. And is it a more accurate measure of health than BMI? Disclosure: I received a complimentary DEXA Scan in exchange for this review. I was not...

How To Run A Sub 2-Hour Half Marathon +Training Plan

How To Run A Sub 2-Hour Half Marathon +Training Plan

Use this free 10-week half marathon training plan to finally run a half marathon in less than 2 hours! Breaking the 2-hour half marathon is something that many runners dream about, and it's a goal I've been chasing for quite a while. Since I've come so close (2:02), I...

11 Nutrition Tips For New Runners

11 Nutrition Tips For New Runners

The top 11 things you should about nutrition for runners. Learn how to create a running nutrition plan & increase performance. If you’ve found this post, chances are you’re a newbie runner and looking for some info about nutrition for runners. Welcome to the pack!...

10 Best Races In NYC

10 Best Races In NYC

Whether you're from New York or coming from out of town, these are the 10 races you should try to run at least once in your lifetime! As an avid runner and lifelong New Yorker, I’ve run over 35 races in New York City. As a matter of fact, I’ve participated in almost...

How I Became A Faster Runner and Started To Love The Treadmill

How I Became A Faster Runner and Started To Love The Treadmill

(This post contains affiliate links. I was not compensated to write this review, and all opinions are my own). You probably have that friend who ran track in high school and crushes a 7-minute mile. That’s definitely not me. My running career began at the age of 30,...

How To Carb Load For A Race

How To Carb Load For A Race

Learn how to carb load for your next half marathon, marathon or triathlon. You’ve likely heard that you should carb load before a long distance race, but there are so many questions about why loading up on carbs helps performance and how to do it properly. Does carb...

6 Things You Need To Know About Setting Goals + My Goal For 2018

6 Things You Need To Know About Setting Goals + My Goal For 2018

You’re scrolling through your social media feed and you see a picture of a woman with perfect abs and a headline that goes something like this, “How This Fitness Blogger Lost 50 Pounds By Transforming Her Lifestyle”. Obviously you click through, looking for the simple...

5 Ways To Stay Motivated For Exercise In The Winter

5 Ways To Stay Motivated For Exercise In The Winter

If you live in the Northeast (or anywhere with a winter), you don't need me to tell you that exercising in the winter can be a struggle. When the sun goes down at 4:30pm and the temperature is below freezing in the morning, it makes it difficult to stay motivated to...

15 Things I’ll Never Forget About the TCS NYC Marathon

Running the TCS NYC Marathon was an incredible experience that I will never forget. To give a simple recap of the race would not do justice to this once in a lifetime running adventure. Instead, I’m sharing the 15 things I'll never forget about the NYC Marathon....

9 Tips For The Week Of Your Marathon

9 Tips For The Week Of Your Marathon

The 9 best things to do the week leading up to your marathon to nail your nutrition and run your best race ever. Table of contents1. Rest your legs2. Carb load3. Organize your cheerleaders4. Put your name on your shirt5. Pack your pre-race (disposable) bag6. Pack your...

How To Avoid Marathon Training Weight Gain

How To Avoid Marathon Training Weight Gain

Follow these simple tips to avoid weight gain while marathon training. Marathon training makes you feel like you can conquer the world. You test your physical and mental strength, willpower and determination on a daily basis, and you have every right to feel like a...

18 Thoughts Of A Dietitian During An 18 Mile Run

I won't sugar coat it...running 18 miles by yourself is crazy and has its ups and downs (literally). The thought of conquering 18 miles still gives me anxiety, but it's a necessary evil of marathon training. Regardless of the anxiety, I did it and I had many...

Why You Get Side Stitches & How To Prevent Them

Why You Get Side Stitches & How To Prevent Them

Stop those annoying pains in your side while running with these actionable tips. Never get a running cramp again! Most runners have felt that dreadful pain in their side. I actually had a cramp during my last half marathon, and it wouldn't go away no what I did. I had...

How To Begin Marathon Training

How To Begin Marathon Training

Running your first marathon? These 9 tips will help you conquer the training, understand the nutrition, remain injury free and soar through 26.2! Taking on your first marathon training induces a whole list of emotions--exhilaration, anxiety, excitement, nervousness,...

How To Avoid Stomach Issues While Running

How To Avoid Stomach Issues While Running

These 7 nutritionist approved tips will stop that nasty pain in your stomach while running. Never have stomach issues again when running! Running is one of the most amazing sports, but it can also be one of the toughest on your body. The creaky knees sore muscles and...

How To Start Running (Even If You’re Out Of Shape)

How To Start Running (Even If You’re Out Of Shape)

Use these beginner tips to start running at any age or activity level. Get into running shape and run your first race! I started running at the ripe old age of 30. Trying a new sport as a full-grown adult is not easy. Every training step takes thought, energy and...

I’m Natalie Rizzo, an NYC-based Registered Dietitian.

My mission is to help everyday athletes fuel their fitness with plants.

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