By Kara Goucher,
#nuunELITE athlete and two-time Olympian
As I started my buildup to the Olympic Trials Marathon, I decided I was going to do everything I could to be the best athlete I could be on February 13. I revamped my training, I started spending a lot more time doing pre-hab, and I completely overhauled my diet. There was also one more step I took to make sure that I would be the best athlete I could on race day, I started seriously honing in on my hydration and nutrition in competition.
The Olympic Trials will be my 9th marathon, and by now you’d think I’d have my race nutrition down pat. But in reality, I’ve never taken it that seriously. I would practice for a few key long runs, but I never really dialed in on my own personal formula or practiced it with great consistency. I decided that this time would be different.
I called in the assistance of Vishal whom I met because he works at Nuun Hydration and they support me in my running adventures. Vishal has the education to answer any questions I had and we first started talking marathon nutrition back in 2014. But it was the summer of 2015 where we started getting serious. I wanted to be an expert and know exactly what my body needed and when. I wanted to practice it all fall and winter so that when I stepped to the line in LA, I had no worries about what I was going to be drinking during the race.
Vishal helped me to build up my tolerance for carbs and volume of liquid. We slowly built it up over time and now we have a formula that works great. It has worked on long repeat sessions and over-distance runs. And the best news is, my stomach has tolerated it well and I have felt stronger and fresher at the end of these workouts than I ever have before.
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