Running the Road to Recovery: From an Eating Disorder to a Healthy Body [VIDEO]

By Erin Sharoni Apr 07, 2017

Over the past few weeks, our blog has been chock full of food tips and biomarker-friendly recipes for National Nutrition Month. This week, I thought it was important to shift our focus to a nutrition-related topic that probably doesn't get the attention it should, especially in the world of endurance sports: eating disorders – specifically, the challenges to performance they present, and of course, recovery from them.

In this video interview, I'm joined by the amazing Sarah Canney. She's a marathoner, coach, mom, InsideTracker power user, and advocate for eating disorder recovery. Sarah opened up about her own nine-year-long struggle with anorexia and bulimia, how it affected her performance and quality of life, and how she used InsideTracker to get a better handle on what her body was really trying to tell her. She now eats healthy fats like avocados, and consumes 2-3 times the amount of calories than while she was struggling with bulimia – yet she weighs less, performs better, and is happy and healthy. 

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This Veteran Uses InsideTracker to Optimize His Performance and Stay Alive

By Ross Yellin, Esq. Nov 11, 2016

Meet Chris McNamara, a total badass. With more than 15 years of active duty, being a Master Sergeant and member of the Army Special Operations Command qualifies him for the superlative alone. Add to that, his Joint Service Commendation Medal, 5 Bronze Stars, and USOC Medic of the Year awards along with the fact that he’s a CrossFit Regionals athlete, and a testicular cancer survivor, and you’ve got a deadly combination on your hands. 

So how does he stay on top of all it, and continue to operate at peak performance like his life depends on it (oh wait, it does!)? Simple, he takes the time to ensure his motor is running like a finely tuned sports car. Just like checking the oil, he tests with InsideTracker, and encourages the athletes he coaches and his fellow unit members to test as well.

In anticipation of Veteran's Day, I had the pleasure of sitting down with him to talk about his experience…

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Top Ten Marathon Race Day Tips

By Jonathan Levitt Nov 02, 2016

With fall marathon season in full swing, I've been getting a lot of questions lately as folks begin planning for their race weekends. This year, I've set my sight on a new PR of 3:07 at the Philadelphia Marathon in a few weeks.

Being that I've asked these same questions myself, I decided to share 10 big tips I've picked up on my own journey to help you reach new records.

Whether or not you’ve optimized all of your endurance-related biomarkers (hello ferritin!), and whether or not you've tested with InsideTracker during a peak week or in the taper to measure the efficacy and volume of your training and nutrition, the following last-minute tips can make all the difference come race day!

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The Road To Kona - The Ironman World Championship

By Mariah Bridges Oct 14, 2016

Swim. Bike. Run. Easier read than done. Especially when you're talking about the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. This race, The Big Show - The Grand Finale - The Super Bowl of Triathlon - whatever you decide to call it, is iconic and will test your mind, body, and soul like never before.

This year 2,401 athletes competed from 64 countries for the chance to be deemed an IRONMAN at the memorable World Championship finish line. Among those athletes were four InsideTracker athletes: Kevin Portmann, Jeremy Behler, Erin Klegstad, and James Piper, and three of them were first time Kona qualifiers.

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Top 10 Tips: Boston Marathon 2016

By Ross Yellin, Esq. Apr 25, 2016

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The Boston Marathon. The most historic marathon in the country. This 26.2 mile course leading from the suburbs into the heart of Boston has been run each year on Patriot's Day for 120 consecutive years. Yet, unlike other traditions which grow old, this one seems to renew itself each year with even deeper meaning. Being a Boston-based company, we'll admit that we're a bit biased. But, even those who have run marathons all over the world agree, there is something truly special about this historic race.

This year, we couldn't help but join in the revelry, and threw not one, but two parties to celebrate. The first, a shakeout run led by ultramarathoner, Mike Wardian. While you might think a 3-mile run would be nothing for someone who regularly runs 50+, he ran it completely blindfolded! The second, lunch and conversation with Mike Wardian, nutrition and fitness expert, Tawnee Prazak, and the co-founder of November Project, the free and fun fitness craze, Brogan Graham.

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How does caffeine affect your workout?

By Perrin Braun Mar 20, 2013

 

Many athletes believe that caffeine helps them feel more energetic during a workout and gives them an extra edge during competitions. But what does caffeine really do, and do the downsides of caffeine outweigh its benefits?

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How Can I Improve My Athletic Performance Using Blood Biochemistry?

By Perrin Braun Sep 26, 2012

Are you looking to improve your endurance, speed, or flexibility?

You’re not alone—in preparation for the 2012 Olympics, one of the US Olympic track cyclists spent hours training and building her endurance. But to reach the next level in training, she needed to know what was going on inside her own body.

An InsideTracker blood analysis revealed that she was very low in vitamin D, which is a nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium and maintain strong bones. InsideTracker gave this athlete and her coach a set of simple interventions to increase her vitamin D. That helped to make a measurable difference in her performance.

And it contributed to her success in London where she won two Olympic silver medals in track cycling! 

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InsideTracker Scoop: Interview with Ruben Sanca, 2012 Cape Verde Olympian

By Perrin Braun Jul 04, 2012

 

World-class distance runner Ruben Sanca does not know the meaning of “slow down.” The Cape Verde native starred on the UMass Lowell track and field team where he became an NCAA Division 2 All American and won the 2009 NCAA Northeast Track Athlete of the Year award. In 2010, he placed 9th at the US 5K Road Championships, and in 2011 he represented Cape Verde in the marathon at the World Championships in South Korea.

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Ready to Run!

By Perrin Braun Apr 13, 2012

 

The 2012 Boston Marathon is almost here! On April 16th, more than 20,000 runners will participate in the oldest annual city marathon in the world, occurring every year since 1887. The race, which attracts roughly 500,000 spectators, is one of the country’s most prestigious marathons due to its long history, challenging course, and competitive qualifying times. In order to be eligible to participate,

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