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Would You Go to a Fortune Teller for Retirement Planning Advice? Then Why Do You Not Go to Trained Professionals for Sports Nutrition Guidance?

By Matt Fitzgerald | July 15, 2019

If you’re interested in the effects of diet and nutrition on endurance performance, you’ll be interested in a study that was just published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Italian researchers recruited 40 student-athletes from the University of Bergamo and separated them into four groups. Two of the groups were made up of kickboxers, […]

The Benefits of Rust-Buster Races

By Matt Fitzgerald | July 8, 2019

Let me be clear: Many if not most endurance athletes race too often. I consider over-racing to be one of the most common and costly forms of self-sabotage in endurance sports. Check out this past post of mine for a full rant on the topic. But in this post I’m going to toss a curveball at […]

Join Eliud Kipchoge and Me in Running a “Kamikaze Marathon” This Fall

By Matt Fitzgerald | May 27, 2019

Exercise scientists have two basic ways of measuring performance in their studies. One is a time trial, where subjects are asked to cover a specified distance in as little time as possible (or cover as much distance as possible in a specified amount of time). The other is a time to exhaustion test, where subjects […]

Don’t Panic: My Ironman Santa Rosa Race Report

By Matt Fitzgerald | May 13, 2019

At some point during the three-hour drive I undertook with my wife, Nataki, from our home in Oakdale, California, to Santa Rosa last Thursday I came up with a motto for the Ironman I would race two days later: Don’t panic. The phrase arrived out of the blue, as they say, but it did not […]

What To Do When Your Athlete Sets An “Impossible” Goal

By Matt Fitzgerald | May 1, 2019

This week, Matt writes for the TrainingPeaks Coach blog and his article can be found here.

What a Quarter Century As an Injury-Prone Athlete Has Taught Me about Pain (Spoiler Alert: Not Much)

By Matt Fitzgerald | April 8, 2019

As a youth runner I never got injured. But then, what young runner does? Kids are made of rubber. Act Two of my life as an endurance athlete has been a different story. Since I got back into racing in my late 20’s (I’m now 47), I have experienced four separate multiyear overuse injuries (in […]

Celebrity Miracle Breakthrough Keto Revolution!

By Matt Fitzgerald | April 1, 2019

Forget everything I’ve ever written about diet and nutrition. It’s utter garbage—all of it! Racing Weight? Garbage. Diet Cults? Rubbish. The Endurance Diet? Pure crap. I’m a new man with a new message, one that is powerfully encapsulated in my astonishing new book, Celebrity Miracle Breakthrough Keto Revolution! That’s right: I’ve gone full keto, betting all […]

How to Increase Your Aerobic Capacity When You’re Already Doing the Obvious Stuff

By Matt Fitzgerald | March 18, 2019

As part of my ongoing quest to qualify for the Ironman World Championship, I am working with a company called INSCYD (pronounced “inside”), creators of a physiological performance software tool that helps endurance athletes like me identify specific ways to improve their fitness. A few weeks ago I performed a sequence of bike tests that […]

Choose Your Own Adventure

By Matt Fitzgerald | March 11, 2019

3 Benefits of Narrativizing Your Athletic Journey On March 26, my latest book, Life Is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance, will be published. It explores what running does for the people for whom running does the most—those men and women who are able to say, “Running changed me,” or even, “Running saved my […]

Racing Is the Enemy of Training

By Matt Fitzgerald | March 4, 2019

One of the more common forms of self-sabotage perpetrated by endurance athletes is racing too often. Now, before I go any further, let me state quite clearly that racing often is not necessarily a mistake . . . if you don’t particularly care about achieving peak performances in competition. For many people, athletics is more […]

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