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This Week in RED-S: Jan. 30, 2023

This Week in RED-S will be a semi-regular installment on Out of the RED-S that brings you media under the umbrella of RED-S. It will consist of websites, podcasts, and articles that I have recently discovered. Feel free to pick and choose which you explore further. Subscribe to never miss it!


Permission.

YOU are the only one who needs to approve of your journey out of the RED-S. You don’t have to wait on someone else to give you permission. Here’s an article from ultrarunner Zach Miller titled “Am I Doing This Right?” where he discovers that the only person who needs to approve of the choices he makes in training is himself. If you want to get out of the RED-S, decide for yourself to consume more food, reduce your training volume, or both; don’t wait for someone else to force you, as the decision will be so much more powerful when it’s yours.


All things SWAP.

Aptly acronymed Some Work, All Play, SWAP is what running needs (in addition to love and pizza). Brilliant and hilarious, Megan and David Roche team up on their podcast to dish out advice that transforms runners into well-fueled and flourishing athletes. Their advice has helped countless athletes get out of the RED-S. David also writes for TrailRunner Magazine. Check out Eat Food that You Enjoy and How One World-Class Athlete Rebounded From Underperformance to start.


Lauren Fleshman.

In case you haven’t heard, former pro-runner and multiple time US 5000m champion Lauren Fleshman wrote an outstanding book titled Good for a Girl. My first recommendation is to read the book, but to whet your appetite while waiting for it, you can listen to this podcast. In all honesty, I haven’t listened yet, but the woman herself said it was a “good one” on Twitter. If you need more proof than that, I as a mere mortal cannot provide it.


Ryan Hall.

Ryan Hall had a really great Instagram post this week where he noted how much better he ran when he was well-fueled. Read this short post for further evidence that you should get out of the RED-S.


Out of the RED-S Commentary Update.

See Cardiovascular Disease: A Surprising Manifestation of RED-S here.

Cat curled up on blanket
Give yourself permission to curl up, like my kitty 🐈

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