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Ruel’s Running Podcast

Welcome to Ruel's Running Podcast!

Podcast host and creator Ruel "Ru" Abadam is a recreational ultrarunner, health enthusiast, family guy, tester and designer who talks about Health, running, lifestyle, family, and play. Ru brings on special guests to help answer questions and share stories. Check out other special guest episodes with friends celebrity fitness expert Vinnie Tortorich, comedic actress and voice over talent Anna Vocino, and Badwater 135 ultramarathon athlete Tony Portera and many others.

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Jul 20, 2015

Part 1 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 cream)
    • 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 coconut oil.
    • Sometimes an afternoon snack of cheese and salami. Maybe a salad.
    • Dinner would consist of steak, fish, or chicken and salad. Maybe some berries.
    • Almonds or sunflower seeds.
During running:
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:
  • Vespa
  • PocketFuel
  • Justin’s Nut butters
  • Salami
  • Cheese
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Coconut oil
In his most recent Jackpot 100 performance, while employing a High Fat, Low Carbohydrate fueling strategy:
For 80 miles:
  • PocketFuel
  • Salami
  • 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 hrs (18:58).
“Everybody is different. Experimenting is good.”
Some recommended fuels to try include:
  • Justins Nut Butters
  • PocketFuel
  • Generation UCAN Superstarch
  • Vespa
  • 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 wrong.”

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 to learn about Vinnie Tortorich’s NSNG Lifestyle.

Visit for great healthy gluten-free recipes.

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