Today was a really cool experience. I got to attend a lunch with Shalane, Elyse and the whole crew behind Run Fast Eat Slow. And I have a special giveaway at the end of the post!
The lunch in total had about 35 people, so it was really intimate. It was held at Left Bank restaurant in Larkspur, about 10 minutes from my house. I got there a bit early and got to sit and chat with Shalane and Elyse at the bar. Elyse has family from Larkspur!
They talked about how they got the idea for the book. Shalane and Elyse had raced on the same college track & field team. Elyse struggled with stress fractures and athletic amenorrhea. She was even told she may not be able to have a baby. She became a chef and dietitian. Along the way, she lived in Switzerland where she ate full fat cheese, milk, yogurt, ect. She found it really improved her health and she even has a healthy two year old. Meanwhile, Shalane needed to train hard, stay healthy and stay lean. In the last couple of years, Elyse and Shalane came up with the idea for the cook book. It has been a huge hit among runners and foodies. Here are the recipes we got to try:
Crostini with chèvre, fig & thyme, Don’t get Beet Hummus, Garden Gazpacho. The hummus was awesome! I didn’t expect to like it so much.
Oregon Berry Crumble – or maybe this was my favorite. Not a single one of the ingredients in it do not nourish and provide fuel. Shalane says she eats tor breakfast sometimes and swaps the ice cream for yogurt. Although ice cream for breakfast sounds perfect to me….
One of my favorite parts of the book is the section where they talk about common issues runners deal with – low iron, amenorrhea, head cold, fatigue, ect. Then they list the recipes with will help with that particular sickness. For example, bison burgers when you need an iron boost.