Memorial Day Sale! Plus a recipe for runners.

Greetings Runners,

We here at Wholistic Running hope your running season is off to an amazing start. We’d like to help you stay injury-free and perform your best this year. With our Injury Prevention & Performance Plan, you’ll do just that. Our plans are individualized and designed specifically for YOU. They are $50 OFF through Memorial Day.

Chia seeds are perfect for runners! They are full of omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and tons of nutrients to help with recovery.

Chia Seed Pudding

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!  **fun tip**Chia seeds can be used to replace eggs in any recipe. Combine 1T chia to 3 parts water = 1 egg, let sit until gel forms and wahla!

From chronically injured runner to 100 miler ultra runner

I use to suffer from many chronic running injuries and had several doctors and physical therapists tell me:

“Give up running.”       “Running is bad for you.”      “You aren’t designed to run.”

I sure am glad I didn’t listen to them. Since then, I have run over 40 ultra marathons (mostly 50 or 100 mile races) winning 8 of them.

A greater accomplishment is the fact that I ran injury-free for over 11 years after suffering from those chronic injuries. I do specific things that prevent serious injury because I do not want to go back to the days when I was injured and couldn’t run. My passion is sharing how I overcame those injuries and how to stay injury-free with as many people as possible.10500512_10154308742355584_8044031842047266675_n

Shin splints, runner’s knee, IT band pain, muscle strains and foot pain were just some of the injuries I use to suffer from. Worst of all, I had tendonitis in both knees for two years when I was in college. I was in pain all the time and some days I could barely walk. I went to some of the best doctors and physical therapists and nothing seemed to help. So I gave up running completely.

Two years of not running led to depression and a decline in health. I decided there had to be a solution, a better way. I started researching, read lots of books and found out that if I modified and practiced my running technique, I could maybe run again. It sounded unbelievable and I was very skeptical. But I went out and modified my running technique, running for the first time in over 2 years. To my surprise I was able to run with minimal pain. As the days went past, I was able to run more and more with less and less pain. I was hooked.

Since then I have learned extensively about how to run injury-free as well as increase performance. I have experimented with many concepts and lots of trial and error. Now being a competitive ultra runner and injury-free for over 11 years, I have found what works really well for me and my passion is sharing it with others.

Here are my top tips for injury-free running and greater performance:

1. Listen to your body

Yes, I sometimes have minor tweaks and pains when I train and after 50 or 100 mile races. The important thing is to not let these become injuries that stop you from running. The key is listening to your body. Do NOT ignore these pains. They are a signal from your body that you need to back off, rest AND correct whatever is wrong such as your running technique.

2. Improve your running technique

The major factor that allowed me to overcome chronic injuries was modifying my running technique. In the past I was inefficient and ran with a high impact technique that beat up my body, though I had no idea at the time. For you to correctly modify your technique, do lots of your own research and try different concepts. I highly recommend seeking out a technique specialist to help you with your technique. At a minimum, video yourself running so you can see exactly how you run. Too many runners tell me they don’t heel strike, don’t have imbalances or misalignment issues but most often they do.DSC_0630

3. Improve your nutrition

What I eat greatly enhances my overall health, keeps my energy levels very high and helps me to recover incredibly fast. Again, the key is listening to your body and finding out what works best for you. I have tried just about everything out there and the ‘diet’ that works best for ME for performance, recovery and increased energy is a whole foods, plant-based diet (WFPB).

4. Train smarter, not harder

I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. Training with this philosophy can prevent burn out, decrease injuries and running will be more enjoyable. You will also be more likely to reach your long term goals. Every run you do should have a purpose. Get rid of the junk miles that do not serve a purpose. Cyclic and periodization training are very valuable for reaching long term goals.

There are many good training programs out there. However, most do not focus on injury prevention. I highly recommend looking for a running coach like myself that specifically focuses on injury prevention as well as performance.

5. Other important factors

Cross training and runner specific strength training are beneficial but in my opinion NOT as important as the factors I discuss above. Your foundation should be overall health, an efficient technique and proper training. Strength and cross training will build upon your foundation but too many runners rely on them exclusively for injury prevention.

Damian Stoy is a professional runner, coach, nutritional consultant and founder of Wholistic Running. He offers online coaching and nutritional consultations for runners all around the world.

Performance smoothie recipe and discount

Lindsey and Damian’s Performance Smoothie

16 oz water
1 scoop Hammer Fully Charged
1 T chia seeds
1 scoop Hammer Vegan Protein
1 banana
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries

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How to Run Your Best

We at Wholistic Running take a comprehensive approach to helping runners perform their best. This includes biomechanics improvement, detailed training plans and nutritional coaching. Too many runners are not reaching even close to their potential because of the way they eat.

Lindsey and I are passionate about nutrition and helping others lose weight, increase energy and improve their health. I wrote an article in the June edition of Trail Runner magazine featuring 3 of the world’s best ultra marathoners and what they eat. You can check it out HERE. Just like these world class athletes, Lindsey and I are advocates of whole foods, plant-based diets for health and performance. We are both certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell and Lindsey has her Master’s in Holistic Nutrition as well.

So what do we recommend? We encourage and teach others that eating healthy is a lifestyle and not a diet. We share recipes that include lots of fresh fruits, veggies and other whole foods including nuts, seeds, quinoa, rice, beans and grains.

How about you? Do you eat as healthy as you would like? If not, make a commitment to a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle and you will be amazed at the benefits. If you would like help doing this, check out our Nutritional Coaching page for more info.

Happy Running,

Damian & Lindsey

Why improving your running technique is a must!

I am a professional runner who has raced in over thirty-five 50 & 100 mile races. I haven’t had a significant running injury in over 11 years. Yet I was told years ago that I had to give up running by several doctors because of chronic injuries. So what allowed me to go from injured runner to professional runner?

I learned how to run, train and eat smarter. This is what Wholistic Running is all about and how I’ve helped thousands of runners run pain-free, faster and longer while having more fun.

What improving your running technique will do for you:

  1. Fewer injuries, less pain and decreased fatigue: Improving your technique will reduce impact and improve alignment.
  2. Run faster: You will run more efficiently and you’ll save energy.
  3. Enjoy running more: Running will be easier in less than 3 weeks.
  4. Run farther: You’ll be able to train more frequently with less fatigue, fewer injuries and quicker recovery time.
  5. Get results quicker: Train smarter and reach your goals quicker.
  6. Hills: Run uphills easier and downhills without any pain.

There are many resources for learning how to improve your running technique nowadays. However, much of the info out there is complicated and even harmful. As a biomechanics and technique specialist, I teach runners how to improve their technique with immediate results. No matter where you live, you can learn with my Online Technique Guidance Plans.

Efficient running technique is the foundation of healthy running. When you combine that with proper training and optimal nutrition, you can run injury-free while greatly improving your performance.

What we eat for optimal performance and health

11217168_10152901007497724_3963783392082094466_nLindsey and I are both certified in Plant-based Nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell. Lindsey also recieved an M.S. in Holistic Nutrition for Sports Performance. We are both accomplished runners with optimal health and focus on a way of eating that helps us absolutely thrive. We would like to share with you some of the foods we eat so you can achieve optimal health and thrive as well.

What Lindsey and I eat has a huge influence on our abundant energy levels, running performance and overall health. Continue reading

My top tips for better running

Who doesn’t want to be a better runner? For me, becoming a better runner doesn’t just mean being faster and winning races. It’s about being healthy, injury-free and doing the right things to help you achieve and exceed your running goals. Here are some of my tips to help you be a better runner:

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Top foods for performance, recovery and energy

Here are the top foods that Damian and I personally eat:

1. Goji berries are a superfood high in nutrients and one of the world’s highest sources of antioxidants. Goji berries are also an adaptogen that improves stamina and increases energy.

2. Chia seeds are high in omega-3’s which reduce inflammation naturally. Also, just 2 tbsp of chia seeds give you the following RDA’s: 13% calcium, 41% iron, 19% magnesium and 20% selenium.

3. Quinoa is a staple in our diets. Just 1 cup of quinoa provides 39% B6, 22% folate, 75% iron, 47% magnesium and 27% zinc for your RDA and is only 222 calories. That is nutrient dense!

4. Maca is another superfood and adaptogen. We put 1-2 tbsp in our smoothies everyday for added performance, stamina and energy.

5. Sweet potatoes are another staple in our diet. The Okinawan’s, some of the longest living people’s on the planet, diet consisted of about 67% sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are nutrient dense and super tasty.

Damian’s favorite smoothie recipe:

2 bananas

2 T chia seeds

1 cup mixed berries

1 cup mixed greens

12 oz water

handful of goji berries

1 T Maca

-Lindsey Hintz, M.S. in Holistic Nutrition and certified in Plant-based Nutrition from the T. Colin Cambell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell, the founder of Wholicious Living and an elite runnerSign up

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Online Coaching

Are you training for an upcoming race?  Are you unsure how to train and prepare?  Would you like to be optimally prepared, stay healthy and have your best race ever?   Damian can help you achieve your goals no matter what level of runner you are.

Damian shares his vast experience as a sponsored elite racer to help you accomplish your goals while maximizing enjoyment and success.  He has coached with some of the greatest endurance runners ever and shares his expertise with all levels of runners. Damian can even help you achieve your goals of running a faster or longer distance race with his proven, easy to learn methods.  Believing in quality over quantity, Damian gets results for runners of all abilities.

  • Specific & Detailed Weekly Training Plans: Maximize training for your schedule
  • Technique Guidance Plan:  Run better, easier & pain-free
  • Pre-Race Planning: How to optimally prepare and perform well
  • Runner Specific Exercises:  6 simple exercises every runner needs
  • Optimal Nutrition: Recover faster and feel more energized
  • Efficient Technique Lessons: Easy to learn and designed specifically for you
  • Professional Expertise :  Specific tips for you to run your best
  • Online Video Analysis for runners all over the world

Read how Damian has helped so many runners here…

Online Coaching includes specific and detailed weekly training plans, online video analysis with comprehensive technique guidance, unlimited email communications and a weekly phone or Skype consultation.  Everything you need to perform your best is included.

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