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The Running for Real Podcast

Mar 2, 2018

This episode shifts us to the science behind running, and beetroot.  Beetroot?  You heard that right.  After listening, you just may want to put it on your next shopping list.

We begin by talking about his running records held at an early age and how his running led him to become obsessed with the physiology of distance running.

He get into the specifics about his beetroot study.

We hear first-hand examples of time spent working with Paula Radcliffe.

He discusses his role as the scientific adviser with Nike’s the sub-2 hour project and his reflection to the outcome of it.

He shares his experience and what he learned when he visited the Kenyan runners’ camp in Kenya.

Today's Guest

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones is famous for his study of beetroot as it relates to a runner’s performance.  He is a physiologist who has worked with some of the leading distance runners including Paula Radcliffe.  His involvement led to huge improvements in her performance.  He was the major scientific adviser with Nike’s sub-2 hour marathon project.

What You Will Learn About

  • What record Andrew has held for the last 30 years.
  • What Andrew’s involvement was with the Nike sub-2 project.
  • What foods are used as great recovery products.
  • When and how much beet root should be used to see a benefit.
  • Why Andrew says that “the marathon world record is way slower than a human would be

    potentially be capable of running it.”

  • What Andrew sees as the reasons why Kenyan runners are ranked above the rest.


Inspirational Quotes

Things like cherry juice are better in recovery and they contain a lot of polyphenols.  Taking anti-oxidants and things like polyphenols which are in cherries, also in beet root juice, can sort of help the recovery process a bit.

If you consume high nitrate food stuffs you can lower your blood pressure, as well.

I’m not saying you should run, you should not have breakfast before you race, but actually in terms of forcing some additional musclar adaptation, it isn’t always a bad thing to get up and to run.   You kind of treat your body to, or teach your body to adapt in certain ways by so doing. And you can have your breakfast after you run.

Resources Mentioned

Last week's interview with Kim Jones

Andy on the University of Exeter website

Andy on Twitter


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