Earlier this summer, Laura reached out to me to see if I would be interested in taking her “Master Your Fueling and Hydration” E-course for Runners and sharing a review. I immediately agreed, although we weren’t sure about the timing as I was still in the early stages of my injury. I decided not to wait any longer to share my thoughts about this course, because I thought it was extremely well written and would be beneficial to all runners, even though I haven’t been able to apply everything I learned to my training yet.
I’ll start by sharing a little information about the E-course. I had never taken an “E-course” before so I had no idea what to expect. The course included 7 modules, that were delivered in separate E-mails. Typically, one module is sent per week, to allow the reader to have time to work on incorporating some of the information from the lesson into their training. However, because I was doing a review, Laura had them sent to me over the course of 1 week. I found myself only reading 1-2 at a time because it was alot of information to take in and I wanted to make sure I really understood what I was learning.
This particular E-course has helpful infographics, as well as a “homework” sheet for each module. This helps you to track some of the new fueling and hydration methods you may try out while taking the course. Laura also offers to review your homework and provide you with feedback each week. Due to the fact that I was running so little during this time, I did not complete the homework. The nice thing is that those E-mails are saved and I can go back and use the worksheets whenever I am ready!
This is a list of the 7 modules that are included in the course:
Week One: Hydration
Week Two: Everything You Need to Know about Electrolytes
Week Three: Carbs, Protein, Healthy Fats, and What Runners Need to Eat
Week Four: Eating for Recovery & Injury Prevention
Week Five: Eating Mid-Run
Week Six: Race Day Fueling and Hydration Strategy
Bonus Email: How to Put it All Together
Now, for a few things I learned from this course.
- I found the information about electrolytes really interesting. Laura uses a great visual guide to compare all the different electrolyte products. Based on this information, I decided to give Endurpacks a try. Well, I bought them, and I am planing to try it out, once I run long enough to need it on my run.
- I really enjoyed reading about basic nutrition, including the roles of fats and carbs for runners. This module inspired me to do some of my own research and write about the role of nutrition in supporting the healing of injuries.
- There is a specific module all about eating for recovery and injury prevention, so that information was really helpful too. This one even had a recipe for a post-run snack that I am excited to try:)
- I think most of us struggle the most with figuring out our fueling and hydration plan for races. This course gives really specific information about how to decide what types of fuel to use and when to take it. Once again, there are helpful infographics comparing the different types of fueling options.
- There were multiple mentions of coconut water throughout the course, and now I really want to give that a try, especially the night before a race. Laura recommendations coconut water with lemon and sea salt to top off electrolyte levels.
- The one part of this course that stood out to me the most, when comparing it to other books/articles about this topic, is the last module about putting it all together. Laura describes how to come up with a plan that works for you and even talks about how to write it into your training plan.
- At the end of the last module there is a link to a google drive with all of the worksheets and infographics stored in one place!
I am really excited to try out some of these strategies once I am back to training. I think that this will be a good time to slowly start trying out some different methods for fueling and hydration as I ease back in. I have found that my preference for gels has changed over the years, so it would make sense that other aspects of fueling and hydration needs may need to be adjusted as well.
Usually this course is $75, but you can take it for just $60 using the discount code RUNNINGWINE. If you have any doubts, check out Laura’s blog (if you haven’t already) and you will see the wealth of information she shares on a daily basis. This course is just an in-depth extension of her knowledge related to all things running! Click here to find out more about signing up for the Master Your Fueling and Hydration course!
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