Dec 22, 2015
My guest today is Patrick Wilson, PhD and RD. He is Assistant
Professor of exercise science in the Human Movement Sciences
Department at Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, VA, where he
also directs the Human Performance Laboratory. He earned a
Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, where he
also received training in the areas of public health and
epidemiology. He completed his post-doctoral research training
at the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory, specializing in
sport nutrition applications for collegiate athletes. And, he is
also credentialed as a registered dietitian.
He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications covering a
wide variety of sport nutrition-related topics. He has conducted
both laboratory- and field-based research examining the effects of
nutrition on endurance exercise performance, including the effects
of carbohydrate composition on gastrointestinal distress and
performance during prolonged running. His studies have included
marathon runners, ultra-endurance runners, and Ironman
In this episode, we cover all the angles on gastrointestinal
(GI) distress as it applies to ultra runners. You learn the major
factors that influence GI distress and how to maximize your chances
of keeping your GI tract happy.
In the wrap-up, he answers two key questions.
1. What is the biggest mistake athletes make regarding
food/drink intake and GI distress?
2. What take-home recommendation would you give for athletes
to reduce their chances of developing GI distress in ultra