When it comes to long distances, Ryan Hall runs away from the field. The champion distance runner established himself at Stanford University as a 3-time All-American leading the Cardinals to the 2003 Cross Country Team Championship and winning the NCAA Championship in the 5000 meters. After his stellar collegiate career, Hall remained a force to be reckoned with by winning the 2007 US Olympic Team Trial with a time of 2:09:02, shattering the 1980 record in the process. He is also the Co-Founder of The Steps Foundation, a growing community of radical runners stepping together to end global poverty. If you’re looking for the next great American distance runner, look no further.
When I first went to Stanford in the fall of 2001 I knew very little about nutrition. My nutritional plan in high school included eating whatever food my mom put in front of me. Lucky for me, my mom was a healthy cook and her food fueled me to a then state record in the 1600 meters (4:02) and a personal best of 3:42.7 in the 1500 meters (equivalent to a 4:00.5 mile). Once I was in college and eating in the dorms I continued to eat “whatever was put in front of me” but that didn’t work out very well for my athletic career (as I am sure you can imagine). Not only did I put on 10 quick pounds but I also was not fueling my body properly to achieve my goals in running.
Since my days in the bay area (I now train in Mammoth Lakes, Ca) I have since learned a lot about nutrition, thanks to my wife and personal nutritionist (Dr. Clyde Wilson) not only about how to […]