with Tony Portera was fun. In part 2 the
fun continues and we get to learn much more. We learn about Tony's
nutrition, fueling strategy, the wonderful people he's worked and
trained with, and in the end a rapid fire question round. Be sure
to listen. Thanks!
Nutrition outside running
- Follow NSNG (No Sugars, No Grains) lifestyle.
- Eat when hungry.
- Typical day:
- Wake up, have a coffee with HWC (heavy whipping
- Might have BPC (Bulletproof Coffee) if have
a 20 mile run.
- Had a Fat Shake before the call consisting of
kale, spinach, broccoli,
cauliflower, celery, chia seeds, and a scoop of
- Sometimes an afternoon snack of cheese and salami. Maybe a
- Dinner would consist of steak, fish, or
chicken and salad. Maybe some berries.
- Almonds or sunflower seeds.
Still a struggle. On a fat-adapted lifestyle and fueling
strategy, Tony can run 20 miles without eating anything, so unless
20+ mile training runs are a regular thing, there isn't a lot of
opportunity to practice fueling on the run.
Typically things to fuel with:
- Justin’s Nut butters
- Coconut oil
In his most recent Jackpot 100 performance, while employing a High
Fat, Low Carbohydrate fueling strategy:
For 80 miles:
- Nuun for electrolytes
- No bonk. No rush of sugar.
For miles 80 through
90s infused more carbs into system:
- A few gels on limited bases
- Pizza later in the race.
Result: It went well and Tony finished
3rd place overall. His personal best for
a 100 mile race, and just under 19
“Everybody is different. Experimenting is good.”
Some recommended fuels to try include:
- Justins Nut Butters
- Generation UCAN Superstarch
BRL Sport Nutrition Trifuel and Invigor8
“Adapting in ultra running is very important. Running an ultramarathon is all about goal adaptation.”
Fear the chair. Fear the
van...Don’t get in the f*cken van!
“There’s nothing wrong with not finishing. Some of the greatest
runners have DNF’d one point or another. Absolutely nothing
Tony's wrap up and special thanks:
- The whole ultra community
- Lisa Smith-Batchen
- Ray Zahab
- Zach Bitter
- Vinnie Tortorich
- Jamie Donaldson
All the people he trains with regularly including:
- Aaron Heath
- Elena Makovskaya
- David Isaac
- Van Cortlandt Track Club
All the race directors including:
- Mario Lacerda
- Chris Kostman
- Blake Norwood
Included in this year's Badwater crew:
- Vinnie Tortorich
- Serena Scott Thoms
- Jason Obirek
Catch Tony Portera If You Can:
Visit www.vinnietortorich.com to
learn about Vinnie Tortorich’s NSNG Lifestyle.
Visit www.glutenfreeanna.com for great healthy
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