Amanda MacMillan

Author's Bio

Amanda MacMillan is a Brooklyn, New York–based freelance writer, triathlete, and health blogger for self.com.

What to Do When You Hate Gels

I can't stand the flavor or texture of any brand, but I know I need calories and electrolytes. How else can I get them?

What Kind of Protein Is Best?

Shake or solid food? Soy or dairy? Animal or plant-based? I can't keep the news straight—please help!

Do Massages Help with Recovery?

Whenever there's a free massage tent after races, I always like to get a quick rub down. It feels great, but is there any real benefit in terms of muscle soreness?

Performing on the Pill

Can taking regular medication like birth control pills or antidepressants have any affect on strength or cardiovascular fitness?

Prepare for Your First Trail Race

I just signed up for my first trail race, but I live in the city. Do I need to train any differently than I have for all of the road runs I've done?

Seven Servings of Fruit and Vegetables?

I've heard that eating seven portions of produce a day can help me live longer. But what does that actually mean, and how do I fit it all in?

How Quickly Can I Get Back into Race Shape?

I signed up for a half marathon—but, oops, it's in three weeks and I haven't run in months. At this point, should I attempt any actual training, or consider it a lost cause?

How Bad for You Is Insomnia, Really?

I have trouble falling asleep often, and probably don't get nearly as much shut-eye as I should. But I feel fine, most of the time. So is it really hurting my health?

Is Marathon Training Dangerous?

I want to train for a marathon, by my wife is worried it might literally kill me. Is it really safe for an Average Joe like me?