Shalane Flanagan is an Olympic medalist, four-time Olympian, American record holder, and world-class marathoner. She attributes her ability to sustain this level of training to her nutrient-dense diet. Focusing on fueling for health and performance is an integral part of her training regimen. Shalane has been featured on the cover of Runner’s World, Women’s Running, and Track and Field News. Her inspiring story has also been heralded in Women’s Health, Shape, USA Today, and the New York Times. Shalane speaks passionately about the importance of healthy eating at running events across the country. Shalane lives and trains in Portland, Oregon.
Elyse Kopecky is a chef, author, nutrition coach, runner, and proud mother. Her friendship with Shalane began 16 years ago on the cross-country team at the University of North Carolina. Elyse began cooking to fuel her athletic endeavors. She discovered that by incorporating more fats into her diet, she was stronger, healthier, and happier than ever before. She attended the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Once back in Portland, Elyse reunited with Shalane over a home-cooked meal, and their conversation quickly shifted toward the detrimental fad diets pushed on female athletes. That night, the idea for Run Fast Eat Slow was born between two friends with a shared passion to educate and coach athletes to nourish themselves for the long run.