Meet An Expert: Lisa Dorfman
Lisa Dorfoman has been a sports nutritionist, an adjunct professor in the exercise and sport sciences and is the director of sports nutrition and performance. She offers her advice in many running and fitness publications as well as her website at www.foodfitness.com. She provided expert advice to ordinary runners on the topic of nutrition for training, competition and recovery in the book, The Ultimate Runner.
We caught up with her to find out more about her running as a former pro triathlete and competitor in more than 30 marathons (PR 2:52:32).
Why did you start running?
I came out of the womb and didnt know what else to do...I have been running my whole life--49 years!
In my adult years, my racing began at 24 ...my first race was a 10k...I was hooked!
Best running advice you ever received?
From the US 5k record holder a few decades back--told me to give myself a break every once in a while--drink, eat bad foods, whatever....I never thought about it, but doing whatever every once in a while is fun.
Running wisdom you wished you learned earlier in your running?
Learn how to taper best--I think I could have qualified for the US Olympic Trials numerous times but never learned how to actively taper..
Favorite tip you pass along to runners?
Nutrition is 90% of good running...everyone should see a sports nutrition expert (RD,CSSD) at least once in their running careers to get the food part right--its more than getting enough carbs, everyone has their own personal formula that is required and works for training competition and recovery.
Most read/used running book?
Noakes--Lure of Running
Favorite running memory, run or race?
Grand Bahama 5000...the best in the world would join Marva Munroe, Race Director at her beautiful home for a weekend each year--Amby Burfoot, Greta Waitz, Jeff Galloway and the list goes on...It was like a reunion each year and the race was one of the fastest...The awards were waterford crystal...I still have my winner's crystals.
Also waiting for the 100th Boston Marathon to start, elites were bunkered down in a basement for 3 hours...met and bonded with the best runners around the world ad ran a 2:53 that day...
Your running dream?
To be the fastest 50 year old at at least 1 distance (Feb 2011), & finally qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials 2012
What keeps you running?
I LOVVVVVEEEEE everything about it. the feeling, sweat, friends, high
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