It‘s the 2nd birthday of the podcast, and to celebrate we‘re summarising all of the previous year's topics in one jam-packed episode! From ”How do I balance eating for training quality and body fat loss?”, to ”How much carbs should I have during training and races?”, and ”How do I stop cramping?”, we‘ll provide 3-5 minute summaries of each of them to bring you up to speed on any you‘ve missed. Oh, and some announcements about the future of The Long Munch.

A legend in ultrarunning coaching in the US, author, podcaster and running coach Jason Koop joins us for our special Episode 50. We discuss the evolution of nutrition in trail and ultrarunning, and what’s transferred over from cycling and triathlon. Jason also gives us a sneak peak of what the elite guys are doing in terms of their approach to race day fuelling and hydration, what we can or can't learn from that, plus his recent work with Mina Guli and her Run Blue project. Plus plenty of great practical tips along the way.


Dentist and ultrarunner Julie Savage joins us to discuss a topic that many of us may prefer not to think about. Julie explains whether sports drinks and gels themselves have a unique role in dental erosion and decay, whether exercise itself is the problem, and most importantly, what runners, cyclists and triathletes can do to protect their smiles.

We're joined this week by elite trail and mountain runner Blake Hose. Blake shares his experience with blood testing, what he's tested for and the feedback and value he's got from having bloods, and his thoughts on regular versus ad hoc testing.

Medical doctor and Sports Medicine Registrar Alice McNamara is back on the podcast. We discuss what blood tests can tell an athlete and their support team, what tests are related to nutrition for runners, cyclists & triathletes, and if athletes should get regular bloods for screening, or only when there’s a suspected issue.

Ultrarunner Martijn Doekes joins us to discuss his recent experience completing Alan's 5 hour sodium replacement study. We go through the results and how to interpret these, to determine the amount of sodium that needs replacing during exercise. 

Alan discusses his recently published research that uses existing equations to estimate the sodium replacement needs of athletes during exercise. We cover why sodium might be important to replace during exercise, what we're trying to achieve with sodium replacement, the factors that determine if deliberate sodium replacement is important or not, and how much we then need.

Aussie cyclist Neil van der Ploeg joins us again to share his experience with metabolic flexibility. We discuss the changes he made to improve his metabolic flexibility, why he did it, and how it worked out. 

Jeff Rothschild (Auckland University of Technology) joins us to discuss what metabolic flexibility means, when is it important, and his research which looked at what actually influences how our bodies use fat or carbs during exercise. A fascinating conversation with some common myths busted!

Elite cyclist turned triathlete Ben Hill joins us again, this time to discuss an issue he's struggled with most of his career. We discuss what Ben's done in the past to try and prevent or relieve his cramping, how his cramping changed from his recent transition from cycling to triathlon, and apply the questionnaire we discussed last week with Prof. Kevin Miller (Ep 45A) to try and identify Ben's specific cramping risk factors.

Prof. Kevin Miller (Texas State University) joins us to discuss one of the most common issues faced by endurance athletes. We cover what we know about cramping and why it’s so difficult to figure out the cause, the role nutrition does or doesn’t play in cramping prevention and management, and finding a strategy moving forward to help you reduce your risk of cramping.

Ironman World Champion in 2019 (60-65 yr age group), multisport master athlete Mary Mitchell joins us to share her experience over the decades of training and racing. We discuss how age has impacted her training and racing and her approach to nutrition, as well as the benefits that come with so much experience and years of accumulated training in the body.

Recently retired from Bond University, Prof. Peter Reaburn dedicated much of his career to studying the training & nutrition needs of masters athletes. He shares his wisdom about what changes in athletes as we get older, and how this impacts nutritional needs.

A researcher in supplements & performance at the University of São Paulo, Dr Bryan Saunders discusses what research has been done on creatine supplementation for running, cycling and triathlon performance, and in what circumstances might creatine supplements be beneficial or potentially detrimental for endurance athletes.

Aussie cyclist, coach and podcaster Cyrus Monk joins us from training camp in Germany, to discuss how sleep impacts his performance in training and during stage races, and the things he controls in his diet that help him to get a good night's sleep.

An expert in athlete sleep and recovery, Prof. Shona Halson (Australian Catholic University) joins us to discuss why sleep is so important for athletes, and whether the type, amount or timing of food and/or supplements can help or hinder getting a good night's sleep.

Ultra-runner Ash Daniels joins us to share his experience with gut training. We discuss why Ash did gut training in the first place, the process he went through and the end goal, the benefits he saw in just 2-3 months, and what he found easy or difficult in the process.

The term 'gut training' is thrown around a lot these days, but what does this actually mean? This week Steph will take us through what we mean by gut training, why would runners, cyclists or triathletes want to do it, what is the evidence that it works, and how you go about gut training.

We're back after a week's break to answer a listener question around fibre. Steph runs us through what fibre is and the general recommendations; what happens if you have too much or not enough fibre, both for general health and specific to exercise; why athletes might inadvertently eat too much fibre and what to do about it, and the timing of fibre around exercise and the importance in terms of gut issues.

Paratriathlete Liam Twomey joins us to discuss his carbohydrate needs in training and on race day, and the recent changes he made to get more out of his training. Steph & Alan also go back to basics on carbs, the different types, where they come from, and how to plan your training and race nutrition to ensure you're getting the most from your sessions.

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