Run Fast, Eat Slow; Run the World

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Run Fast, Eat Slow is a newly re­leased cook­book, co-au­thored by Sha­lane Flanagan and her friend (and for­mer col­lege team­mate) El­yse Kopecky. The first part of the ti­tle speaks to the hopes and dreams of many a run­ner, to sim­ply, “run fast.” But what about eat­ing slow? What does that have any­thing to do with train­ing? This sec­ond as­pect of the ti­tle is ar­guably even more im­por­tant than the first – it en­cap­su­lates the ex­pe­ri­ence and ad­vice of two sea­soned com­peti­tors who have worked to con­vey the foun­da­tions of a healthy life­style that are es­sen­tial to sup­port suc­cess­ful train­ing. “Eat­ing slow” is Flanagan and Kopecky’s catch-all phrase for stay­ing in tune with one’s nutri­tional needs, men­tal health and so­cial re­la­tion­ships. The two de­fine their way of eat­ing (and liv­ing) as “in­dul­gent nour­ish­ment” and this con­cept f lows through­out the book.

For those in­ter­ested in Flanagan’s own diet while un­der­go­ing elite train­ing, a charted lay­out of her usual meals is i ncluded in the book’s first chap­ter. The last chap­ter “Run­ner’s Reme­dies” c ater s to run­ners of all lev­els and demon­strates both Flanagan and Kopecky’s mind­set of nu­tri­tion as a tool for staving off and help­ing to pre­vent in­jury. There you will find the au­thor’s rec­om­mended recipes for var­i­ous mal­adies that com­monly side­line run­ners – colds, di­ges­tive dis­tress, inf lam­ma­tion, stress frac­tures, ane­mia and ath­letic amon­or­rhea, which Kopecky her­self ex­pe­ri­enced through­out her col­lege ca­reer.

For those with di­etary re­stric­tions, recipes that are gluten­free, dairy-free and or ve­gan are clearly marked. Run­ners who en­joy An­gela Lid­don’s Oh She Glows cook­book or the Lot­tie Bildrici ’s blog Run­ning on Veg­gies will def­i­nitely want to check out Run Fast, Eat Slow.

With fan­tas­tic pho­tog­ra­phy and an ac­ces­si­ble lay­out, Run Fast, Eat Slow is one of those cook­books that you want to sit down and savour (and if you’re any­thing like me, you do so with a pad of sticky notes at your side). The recipes them­selves do not re­quire ex­ten­sive culi­nary in­tu­ition or skill, but rather show­case, in fact, how easy it can be to pre­pare whole­some, nu­tri­ent-dense and de­li­cious meals.—

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