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Run Fast. Eat Slow.

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,531 ratings  ·  164 reviews
From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here's a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting does m ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by Rodale Books
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Sarah Stead
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: how-to-cooking
This book is difficult to rate. Although it's a cookbook, I did read the content from front to back. If I were to break down my rating, I'd say 4 stars for the recipes, 2 stars for additional content, and 1 star for the writing style.

As a person on a restrictive diet due to health issues, and one who prefers homemade whole foods to packaged and processed ones, frequently making the same recipes gets old. The authors, who are both runners, have several unique ideas for combining nutritious ingre
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't know anything about this book before getting it from the library, except that a friend recommended it to me. Based on the title, I expected it to be about half advice on running, half advice on food. It's all food. That's not really a criticism of the book, because I probably could have read the back of the book to find that out, but more of a heads-up for anyone else.

I find it hard to give this book a high rating. It doesn't really outline a specific dietary plan or give you definite
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: running, nutrition
Great recipes focused on long distance running. Also some explanation is included and useful tips. I already made the superhero muffins and they are wonderful! The recipes are healthy with good ingredients but they are kind of heavy so this is not a book with recipes for when you're trying to lose weight. ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the cookbook I've been looking for

I could not have found a more perfect cookbook that matches my own views on healthy eating. There is no shortage of healthy fats (including butter!), there are vegetarian recipes, there are meat recipes that are paired with a large doses of veggies,and best of all, they all taste amazing (I do usually add a bit more salt than they call for, but they do tell you to adjust seasoning as necessary). I use this book weekly if not daily and I was so lost witho
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
My star track athlete sister received this book for Christmas and I swiped it from her for the day. I loooved the way the whole premise of the text, how everything was formatted, and the lovely pictures.
Marathon County Public Library

Are you an athlete looking for recipes that will fuel your workouts, help you recover, and work to nourish and support your body? This cookbook is a wonderful collection of healthy recipes and tips from a collaboration between an Olympic athlete and a chef, who both know the importance of taking care of their hard-working bodies. While I personally work to steer clear of animal products, which this cookbook does use in some of the recipes, I still found a good stack of recipes that I can't wait

Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway from Rodale Publishing.

Because this was an advance copy, it didn't feature full-color photographs that will be in the final copy. For me, color photos are crucial, so the final product will benefit people like me - those who need vivid photos to entice the brain, eye and palate. I also need visuals to motivate me to cook.

I really like the concept of this book - nourishing recipes for athletes. I'm not a foodie, but I want my food to be healthy, nourishing and t
George J. Kloss Jr.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love food. I like Whoppers and Wendy's Spicy Chicken sandwiches. When my marathon running daughter said she was going to cook a meal from this book, I was worried. Especially after she brought out the kale and quinoa and Garbanzo Beans. I held my breath and tried her first dish. Holy crow! I liked it. She made a second dinner. I loved it. And so on. And here I am writing a reivew for a book I have not read. I just am blessed to live with someone who has. What the heck?

People who run marathons
Yvette (hooked on the nook)
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent new recipe book geared toward clean eating for athletes, especially runners. I love the addition of the herbal remedies for various ailments, such as inflammation, upset stomach, common cold, etc. I am a firm believer that organic cures are the best for the human body. I find I heal quicker. I made the whole chicken recipe in less than 90 minutes with the cauliflower for dinner and it was fantastic. I found that all the recipes are simple to make and can be made in advance and eaten as ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
a cool book for athletes focusing on the runner. while there are no chapters on how to run faster it's under the concept that if you fuel yourself correctly then the speed will come naturally (or with a lot of hard work in training)

haven't tested any of the recipes yet but to do like how each recipe gives you what part of training it is suited for ie speedwork, recovery, long run etc
Becky Fuller
Lovely cookbook with what appear to be excellent recipes. If I attempted to do these recipes myself in addition to caring for my two small children I would ironically no longer have any time to actually run. Definitely something to aspire to though!
Susan Gualtier
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal cookbook; not just for runners! This has some of the best recipes I've tried in a long time. ...more
Annika Brands
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is co-written by an Olympian athlete and whole-foods nutrition expert. All of the recipes are incredibly healthy, and the ones that I have made are delicious 😋

I love the book because in addition to recipes, it gives tips for runners (e.g. strength work examples or tips for better sleep). It also gives information about things runners commonly struggle with and how those things can be prevented with a healthy diet. In most of the recipes, they explain the benefits of certain ingredients
Mar 15, 2021 added it
I returned it to the library so I guess I'm done reading it, but I haven't tried any of the recipes. Not sure what I was thinking because anyone who knows me, knows I hate cooking. I did find it funny that they pointed out that the olympic marathon runner doesn't count calories. She runs 100 miles a week! Of course she doesn't count calories! ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, running
Great tips and interesting recipes. Unfortunately I’m allergic to several key ingredients (soy, nuts, avocados) so I can only make a few recipes.
Jenny Michael-lust
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I am excited to try the recipes I this book to not only eat healthier, but to help the runners in my family.
May 07, 2018 added it
The book contains some broad bits of common sense food wisdom, but it was not helpful to me without macronutrient information.
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I got some good recipes from this book.
Christine Falbo
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I read an entire cookbook cover to cover. Lots of interesting and useful information. I'm excited to try a lot of these recipes! ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook, 2020
Really great recipes here. SUPERHERO MUFFINS!!!
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great layout. Easy to read, user friendly, encouragement for new tastes, delicious and healthy recipes with the active person in mind.
Okay, I haven’t run for days, but there is still hope! This recipe book has inspired me to make the effort to get back at it.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"One look at the line in front of the porta-potties at a road race and it's apparent that digestive distress is a common problem among runners."

Truer words have never been said.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: food
Nothing really groundbreaking, but I appreciated the authors' emphasis on "food as fuel" and that eating well can help with your training and some running-related ailments. (Caveat: I'm not a serious runner like the authors, so their needs are not necessarily my needs...)

While none of the recipes wow-ed me (I was underwhelmed at their side dish options and yet *another* recipe for "bone broth"), I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the sauces and dressings chapter. I'm in a bit of a
Kim Johnson
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book inspires me to incorporate more healthy fats into my diet - for my skin and hair and for the nourishment that females need to remain well balanced nutritionally. I loved seeing the pictures of Elyse and Shalane and their friendship. It’s more than just a cookbook - this is a testimony of realizing dreams, living healthy, and believing in oneself. It’s about realizing success through hard work. Shalane won the NYC Marathon after the book was published - Elyse gave up a ten year career i ...more
Erin Sagester
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great recipes. Unc grads!
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Lots of good recipes. I will try a few. I'm glad I got it from the library and didn't buy it. It was kind of pricey for a cookbook. ...more
Leah Hanley
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I liked a lot of things about this book. For one, these recipes are for anyone who subscribes to more of a “whole foods” type of lifestyle, the recipes are great examples of how healthy food doesn’t have to be disgusting or flavorless, and the authors do a good job teaching about quality of ingredients and how to tailor recipes. What I didn’t like about this book was mostly the bombardment of what I call “fan club” photos and references to famous runners that honestly I just don’t con ...more
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Got this book when it first came out - I even think I pre-ordered it, which I hardly ever do. It’s an excellent cook book full of good, fairly uncomplicated recipes. The recipes are not low-calorie or low-fat (thank you Shalane and Elise!!!!) and easy to follow. If you don’t have a certain ingredient, substitutes are listed. There are some sample meal plans for what’s going on in your life (ie, fatigue, illness, etc.) and the authors really stress the importance of a good diet that contains enou ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've held off on getting this cookbook for a while because as a vegan, I did not think there would be a lot (if any recipes) that were relevant for me. However, after some more in depth review reading and then a trip to the book store to flip through some (okay-all) of the pages, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of vegan, vegetarian, and vegan adaptable recipes in this book.

So with out further adieu I bough the book. All of the recipes have labels on the pages: vegan, vegetarian, gluten
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
To Read: Yes, if you are an athlete or want some inspiration, but it’s not a particularly interesting read for non-runners. It is interesting to read about the real-life of an Olympic athlete, and one of the authors, Shalene Flanagan, is an Olympic medalist. But there is not a lot of depth to what they cover, just a few interesting stories about the authors’ friendship and their athletic feats.

To Look At: There is not much too look at. Some of the recipes have photos, which are pretty standard.
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Shalane Flanagan is an Olympic medalist, four-time Olympian, American record holder, and world-class marathoner. She finished second at the 2010 NYC marathon and ran the fastest time ever by an American woman at the 2014 Boston Marathon, completing the race in 2:22.02. At the 2014 Berlin Marathon, Shalane ran a personal best of 2:21.14, the second-fastest time ever by an American woman.

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