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#244: How Sex Differences Affect Women’s Running Performance and Recovery

Sims 500x300 swimmingSarah and Ellison Weist welcome Stacy Sims, Ph.D., the respected exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist whose latest book is titled ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life. Short version: Stacy talks about why mother runners need to stop eating and training like men. This former ultrarunner/triathlete/rower talks about why “one size fits all” is no way to guide weight management. She delves into how to balance losing weight with being properly fueled for a workout—and adequately refueled post-run. (Hint: Stock up on non-fat Greek yogurt!) Stacy also explains why it’s so important to bring up your blood sugar levels before a morning run. The conversation veers toward TMI territory when Stacy admits what hit her halfway through a recent 70.3 triathlon. Hormones dominate much of the rest of the conversation—but in an informative, not moody, way, including the powerful effect female hormones have on hydration needs. Dr. Stacy shares several hacks, including how to prevent menstrual cramps and how to sidestep GI distress during a run. Plus a tasty trick Stacy swears helps post-menopausal women sleep better!

Books Ellison and Sarah mention in introduction:

Victoria: the Queen by Julia Baird

Framed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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3 responses to “#244: How Sex Differences Affect Women’s Running Performance and Recovery

  1. Serendity for me! I just downloaded the Kindle version (2.99!) the other day. So far I’ve just glanced at the chapter on menopause, but it looks like a real eye opener. Can’t wait to read the book and listen to the podcast. Thanks for having (Dr.?)Stacy Sims on!

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