Ep. 3 Project Badwater: Why We Run

December 10, 2015

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This series is a raw look inside the life of ultrarunner Michelle Barton on her journey to redemption at Badwater 135, the world’s toughest foot race. Michelle didn’t reach her goals at Badwater 135 in 2015, and she is hungry to get back there. Revisit the podcast documenting Michelle’s Badwater 135 race experience.

For past episodes of Project Badwater, click here.

On this show:

  • We all have a reason of why we started running, why we keep at it, and why some of us gravitate to ultra. What’s Michelle’s story?
  • The hard times Michelle has faced in her personal life
  • Witnessing Type 2 Diabetes in a loved one
  • How running was there for her when she needed it most
  • Never giving up and the will to #staystrong
  • Update on 2016 race schedule
  • Find out about running the SoCal hotspot, Mt. Baldy
  • Chris Kostman on the Badwater race series including Cape Fear
  • Michelle’s switch from an overly strict and restrictive diet to a more casual approach to food
  • Finding balance with food that will aid in better performance (not too strict, not too casual)
  • More structure to Michelle’s ultra protocol and having the crew take care of the controllables!
  • Preparing and planning for upcoming tests: blood chemistry test ordered through Nourish Balance Thrive, MAF test, and an FMS test
  • Probiotics in the diet? The checklist run-through we go through, taken from OutsideOnline.com’s article:
    • “Fermented foods contain bacteria that can help build a healthy gut. So load up on yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso soup, tempeh, and kombucha.”
    • “Eat onions, leeks, chia seeds, bananas, artichokes, and honey. They contain nondigestible carbohydrates that serve as food for probiotics.”
    • “Take a wide-spectrum ­probiotic that contains both lactobacillus and bifidobac­ter­ium, which provides the intestines with healthy bacteria.”
    • “Don’t use antibacterial soaps. Not only is there little evidence that they provide more benefit than regular soap and water, but there are also concerns that they could breed antibiotic resistance.”
  • Want to ask Michelle a question for the show? Email us here.

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