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What Elite Runners Really Eat

Every runner knows proper nutrition is key to performing at your best. For professional runners who count on speedy times for job security, menu planning is paramount. But what do world champions really eat? Do they fuel up with specially-formulated smoothies or do all those miles afford the freedom to down stacks of pancakes on a daily basis?

To find out, we went straight to the source. Three of the fastest women on the planet—Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher and Lauren Fleshman— opened up their refrigerators to give us a glimpse inside. What we discovered was heaps of fresh produce, plenty of protein and more than a few surprises . . .

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