Last year, I ran faster than ever before during a race that was collectively faster than ever before! This was thanks to years of work with my coach and team, but also thanks to things I learned along the way. While four years ago, the Olympics felt like a far away dream, it became a reality because I was able to train consistently until the day I toed the line in Rio– I was able to stay healthy! For me, my health and belief has been my greatest asset.
One of the major pieces of my health has been the things I put into my body. When I am running, I think about it as putting all those miles and intervals and weight lifting circuits into my body, like coins in a piggy bank. When I’m not running, I’m putting other things into my body: sleep and fuel.
I’ve always been told sleep is important. With fuel, it’s taken more time for me to navigate what works best for me and my body. I remember the first time I went to a marathon– not to run but to pace!– was at the Chicago Marathon three years ago. I met a girl named Tina and she told me about Beet Boost. I loved beets prior to that, but I’d never considered them a crucial part of my training– how were they special?
Well, I don’t know if it was the beets or the energy of the crowd, but the next day I felt incredible when I paced 13.1 (half) of the marathon. From there, I learned that it’s more than prerace pasta that might fuel me to success, especially when it comes to longer distances. Beet Boost has been a crucial part of my pre and post workout and race fuel and has undoubtedly kept me healthy in the *long* run.
When I traveled to Rio to compete in the Olympics this summer, I felt very lucky to have a source of fuel in BeetBoost that could actually travel with me. I mixed the product with what I could find– sometimes milk, other times yogurt or other offerings from the athlete dining hall. That’s the thing about the Olympics– there are a lot of things that are unpredictable or out of our control. No matter what the circumstance was, though, I felt comforted knowing I would have the fuel I needed.
Before my big national record breaking Olympic race, I combined BeetBoost with Generation UCAN starch and electrolytes to make for a winning combo. I also always eat a peanut butter sandwich and coffee. Again, I can’t say whether it was the Beet Boost or the roar of the Olympic crowds, but I ran my heart out that day.
Thank you Rick and Beet Boost for another incredible year. My goal going forward is to continue to explore the 10k on the track– I’ve only ever run 5 in my life! And someday, I hope to move up to the marathon, and not just pacing!!!!
Here are 5 anti inflammatory foods to help you stay healthy this fall ...
Always consult a health care professional before consuming BeetBoost or any dietary product. Especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a pre-existing health condition. Do not use if any packet if the seal has been broken.
For best results, store in a cool, dry place. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.