Pre-Race Smoothie Recipe

Lindsey & Damian’s Pre-Race Beet Smoothie: Super tasty & simple. Maximize your potential with this smoothie chock full of anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, natural anti-inflammatories and performance enhancing beets.


16 oz water or almond milk
1 T Flora Beet Crystals
1 T chia seeds
2 T Heaven Mountain goji berries
1 banana
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
1 T Flora Green Blend
1 inch slice of fresh ginger
1/4 inch slice fresh turmeric


Delicious chia seed pudding recipe

Chia seeds are great for runners because they are chock full of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation and speed up recovery. Try this DELICIOUS recipe to incorporate them into your diet.

1 1/4 c- 1 1/2 c unsweetened almond milkchiaseedpudding

1/4 c chia seeds

1 T maple syrup or 5 drops stevia

1-2 dashes of cinnamon

1-3 drops vanilla or coconut extract (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and let sit 1-2 hours. Best when chilled. This will be one of the most delectable desserts you’ve ever eaten!

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Free giveaway, training tips and BIG sale

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Coach Damian’s Training Tip:

Did you know that most of your training runs should be very easy? If you want to progress quickly with your training, you need to be able to recover between harder workouts. Also, you want to periodize your training plan so you don’t plateau and instead are making consistent gains. For example, if you are running 4 times a week, 3 of those runs should be at an easy, conversational pace and you should back off 1 week a month on your training.

Coach Lindsey’s Recovery Tip:

After each run, you want to make sure you consume about 200-300 calories of carbohydrate rich food. A carbohydrate:protein ration of 4:1 is ideal which you can get from a smoothie, bowl of oatmeal or banana with almond butter. Doing so will ensure your next run goes optimally.

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#1 Running Tip & Our Biggest Sale Ever

DSC_0630This #1 technique tip can help you instantly run:

  1. Faster with less effort
  2. With less impact & pain
  3. With no heel strike

So what’s the tip? Running with an optimal cadence!

Optimal cadence for most runners is around 170-185 steps per minute. Unfortunately, most runners have a lower cadence and as a result run with more impact, more effort and a slower pace. By finding your optimal cadence (and most likely increasing it) you’ll find that running is easier and you feel lighter. You will have less braking forces so less pain in your knees, back, feet and hips.

To practice finding your optimal cadence, use a running metronome or metronome app on your smartphone. Play with between 170-185 steps per minute. To achieve this cadence, do NOT run faster. Instead, take smaller steps. Focus on opening your stride behind you and not out in front of you. Give it a try and let us know if you have any questions!

Let us help you find your optimal cadence and start running easier and faster today. Our 1-month coaching packages are on SALE. They are regularly $169 and are now $120 till 11/4/17. Our packages include training plans, technique guidance, nutritional support and more. To find out more and purchase a plan, go HERE.

How to Run Faster

Many runners want to run faster but oftentimes train harder and longer with little to no results. The solution isn’t training harder, it is training smarter. Too often runners and coaches address only one or maybe two of the major physiological factors in improving running performance. We’d like to share how to address the 3 major factors so that you perform your best.

3 major physiological factors for running performance:

1. Oxygen Consumption– The more efficient your body is at using oxygen, the easier it is to run and the faster you will run. Some ways to improve oxygen consumption are training or living at high elevation, long ‘aerobic’ type runs, anaerobic VO2 max type workouts and optimal nutrition to enhance oxygen supply to your muscles.

2. Lactate Threshold– Improving your lactate threshold will allow your muscles to work harder and longer before they fail. Interval, speed and strength training all help improve your lactate threshold.

3. Running Efficiency– Often the most undervalued and overlooked aspect from coaches and runners for an optimal training plan. Improving your running efficiency by practicing an efficient running technique can also be the quickest and easiest way to improve your running performance as well as reduce your chances for injury.

All runners should work on ALL 3 aspects for not only optimal performance but injury prevention and running enjoyment. Finding a training plan and coach that is knowledgeable and professional in addressing these 3 major physiological components will ensure that you perform your best.

We at Wholistic Running help runners of all levels easily address these 3 components with our Online Coaching Plans. We offer individualized training plans that improve both oxygen consumption and lactate threshold to increase your overall fitness while saving  you time. You also get running technique analysis and personalized technique plans specifically designed for you to improve your running economy as well as nutritional coaching to boost your energy, stamina and strength. Why not easily do everything you can to perform the best ever while having fun AND saving time?

Happy Running,

Damian & Lindsey

Top Tips to Run Better!

Who doesn’t want to be a better runner? “Better” isn’t the same for all runners. For some, it means being able to run faster and farther. However, to others it means running injury-free and with more fun and joy. Our passion is helping runners achieve whatever their individual goals are with our proven methods. Here are our top tips for helping you run better whatever that means for YOU.

Improve your running technique

This is the quickest and simplest way to run faster and with fewer injuries. By improving your running biomechanics, you will run with less impact and more efficiency.

Try this tip to get started:  Download a metronome app on your smartphone. Set it to 180 beats per minute and on your next run trying run at 180 steps per minute. Most likely this will be quicker than what you are used to. The goal isn’t to run faster. The goal is to take shorter steps which helps improve running economy and reduce impact. Next, play with your steps/min to find your optimal cadence. Most runners fall between 170-180 steps/min.

We suggest finding a running biomechanics expert who specializes in running technique and will help you find the exact cadence most beneficial for you as well as many other tips to improve your biomechanics.

Improve your Nutrition

Most runners eat pretty well but there is always room for improvement. Optimal nutrition enhances recover, boosts performance and increases energy. The key is finding what works best for you AND sticking to it.

We all know that eating more whole foods such as veggies and fruit is best. The hard part is actually doing it, making it tasty and staying motivated. That is where a nutritional coach can greatly help. We highly recommend finding someone you connect with and will give you what you need and specializes in nutrition for athletes.

Try this delicious smoothie recipe from Lindsey to easily add veggies and fruit to your diet.

Proper Coaching & Training

Training incorrectly even just a little bit can result in injury, poor race performances, burn out and losing your love of running. There are many good but generic training programs online that can help runners. But to maximize your potential, we highly recommend finding a coach that will specifically work with you and your goals and needs. An excellent coach will focus not just on training plans but nutrition, running technique and offer personalized attention. The most important thing is finding a coach you connect with. Doing so will help you achieve your goals quickly and effectively.

We at Wholistic Running offer all-in-one coaching packages to help you with personalized training plans, nutritional coaching and technique improvement. Learn more about our Online Coaching,  Nutritional Coaching and Injury Prevention & Performance Plans which are personalized specifically for you and  have proven benefits for runners of all levels.

Happy Running,

Damian & Lindsey

Are You Eating Enough Protein? Plus Plant-Based Diet Tips

Many people are switching to a vegan or whole foods plant-based diet for health, environmental, animal rights, performance enhancement or additional reasons. As long time plant-based elite athletes for over 14 years and certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell plus an M.S. in Plant-Based Nutrition for Athletes, we wanted to share our tips on how to successfully become and stay plant-based.

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Long term vegan and pro bodybuilder Torre Washington

This series of blogs will focus on the common mistakes people make on a diets with real solutions on how to thrive on a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet.

Mistake #1: “But Where Do I Get My Protein From?”

Whether you eat a vegan diet or not, you may worry about if you eat enough protein. In reality, most Americans consume too much protein. What’s the medical definition of protein deficiency? It’s called kwashiorkor and you probably never heard of it because it doesn’t happen very often. People do not fail on a vegan diet from a lack of protein. Instead, people sometimes fail on a vegan diet because they do not eat enough calories especially if they are very active.

From the Physican’s Committee for Responsible Medicine: “An average women needs about 46 grams of protein per day; the average man about 56. If a person were to eat nothing but broccoli for a day, a 2,000-calorie diet would provide a whopping 146 grams of protein. Yes, green vegetables are loaded with protein. A person eating only lentils would get even more—2,000 calories’ worth of lentils pack 157 grams. Of course, no one would eat only broccoli or only lentils, and it is much better to combine foods—beans, grains, vegetables, and fruits—to get complete nutrition. The point is that plant-based foods clearly provide abundant protein. The average American actually consumes too much protein, according to the CDC, with most people getting nearly double the amount they actually need.”

So, instead of focusing on eating enough protein on a plant-based diet, focus on eating lots of whole plant foods. Yes, you get to (and HAVE to) eat lots of food! What other ‘diet’ tells you to eat LOTS of food? Plants are nutrient dense and mostly low in calories which is super helpful for most Americans since they eat too many calories and then gain weight. If you are not consuming enough food and therefore calories on a plant-based diet, you will feel tired and weak in the long run. Instead, focus on eating LOTS of whole plant foods and you will get plenty of protein, macro & micro nutrients and feel amazing.

Concerned about going plant-based and not being strong enough as an athlete? Don’t worry. There are many professional bodybuilders, weightlifters and endurance athletes that are long time vegans.

Also, when you go plant-based, you do not need to worry about ‘complete proteins’ or ‘protein combining’ which are scientifically proven myths. There are many sources out there for plant-based recipes that are abundant in protein. A good place to start is Forks Over Knives which offer lots of 100% plant-based recipes.

If you are still concerned about getting enough protein, it’s easy to get additional plant-based protein from supplements such as Hammer Nutrition’s Vegan Protein which has 20 grams of protein per serving. Get Hammer Protein for 15% off HERE.

Finally, if you are interested in a plant-based nutrition coach, Lindsey Hintz , M.S. in Plant-Based Nutrition, is the best out there. If you are interested in a plant-based coach for sport, I’ve had tremendous success as a coach for over 7 years and love helping athletes of all levels succeed.

Look out for more blogs from us soon with more tips on how to lose weight, gain energy and thrive on a plant-based diet. Sign up for our newsletter HERE

Plants for the win,

Damian Stoy & Lindsey Hintz

Easy, Quick Ways to Improve Your Running

All runners want to get better and for some that means running faster and others it means running farther, injury-free or with more joy. Whatever your goals are, we at Wholistic Running are here to help. Here are two suggestions you can do today that are easy and can have tremendous benefits to your running and health. Continue reading