Interview with Professor Tim Noakes

Professor Tim Noakes  photo credit: Noakes Foundation

photo credit: Noakes Foundation

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Professor Tim Noakes is still exploding minds! In this interview we ask him about the biggest “aha” moments over his 40 years of studying runners.

You will learn about the dangers of over-hydration (hyponatremia), the brain’s Central Governor, the real reason we slow down in the marathon, and how the Banting Diet (low carb eating) caught fire in South Africa.

Questions for Tim Noakes

Tim Noakes was born in 1949 and is an emeritus professor in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His books include The Lore of Running, Waterlogged, Challenging Beliefs, and Real Meal Revolution.

  1. How did you get interested in studying the science behind running?
  2. You have run over 70 marathons and ultramarathons throughout your career, what does your running look like today?
  3. What are some of the ways your thinking has changed over the last 30+ years of research?
  4. Tell us about the Central Governor Theory of Fatigue.
  5. What causes runners to slow down in the later miles of a marathon?
  6. Tell us about Real Meal Revolution. What led you to co-author this book and how has it been received?
  7. What led you to change your mind about carbs?

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5 Responses to Interview with Professor Tim Noakes

  1. Deena Rocco July 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    Wow! fabulous interview … so interesting. I’m just starting fat adapted. You guys have the Best interviews – Thank you Angie and Trevor…

    • Trevor Spencer July 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback Deena!

  2. John Quirk September 20, 2021 at 11:05 am #

    Hi Deena & Trevor,

    I`ve been training for Boston the last 14 weeks and looks like I`m going to call it quits. I`ve been dealing with a sore lower calf and achilles tendon that wont go away. I gave it two weeks rest and my first training session back the pain came back after mile 9. i`ve been doing acuputuncure, massage, strecthing and ice to no avail.
    I just wish I knew how I did this. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    John Quirk


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