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Nail Your Pre-Marathon Breakfast...and Qualify for Boston!

Posted by casey weaver on
Nail Your Pre-Marathon Breakfast...and Qualify for Boston!

Alright, we can't guarantee a Boston Marathon spot, but in the case of Julie Sands, who utilized our nutritional counseling services and subsequently PR'd at the San Francisco Marathon and qualified for Boston on the same day...things worked out pretty well!

Julie has been a customer for quite some time, incorporating our Primo Smoothie into her daily diet and through her marathon training.  She had read some of our write ups (and the write ups of others) on how Ironman champion and Field Work Nutrition athlete Rachel McBride has revolutionized her race day nutrition using our Primo Smoothie and wanted to know if she could try it for herself when she ran the SF Marathon.  Our recommendation to Julie...YES!  Especially as she had been using Primo to fuel her training runs on a regular basis, there was ZERO issue with her using it on race fact, we preferred and recommended it as her body was clearly accustomed to the combination of ingredients  fueling her runs.

In speaking with Julie, she had previously fallen victim to what we see so often...athletes traveling for races and being forced to grab whatever is available and "seems" ok for a pre-race breakfast.  This is a crucial use we find of Primo for athletes...reliability.  

Read below to hear about how Julie used Primo to fuel her San Francisco Marathon PR!  Big congrats, Julie...good luck in Boston!


What you had done previously for your pre-marathon breakfast / fueling?

This is only my second standalone marathon since the early 1990s.  The most recent marathon that I did in January 2016, I ate the hotel bagel and peanut butter. 

From 2002 -2013, I was a triathlete until a bike accident took me out of commission for a couple of years.  I did 5 ironman’s (including 2 Kona Ironman World Championships) and numerous half ironman’s.  My best runs off the bike were at races that I had a smoothie. Restaurant food is hit and miss for me when I am nervous before a race.  When I saw your post about using  Primo for pre-race nutrition, I decided to send a blender to my daughter in SF so that I could have a smoothie pre and post-race.  Since the race was so early (5:30am), I had the smoothie for dinner, then just had coffee and water prior to the race.  Every long run in training for this race I started with just water and coffee since they were all early morning runs. I have found through experimentation that I need 3 hours between eating and running to feel best.

What was your smoothie recipe for SF (even if it's a kinda boring "pre-race" recipe)

My smoothie before the night before the race was the recipe I use most often: 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 frozen banana, lots of frozen organic blueberries, a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter and of course a scoop of Primo.  I like my smoothies thick like ice cream and I eat them with a spoon!

How you typically use Primo in your training, and a favorite go-to recipe.

I typically use Primo as breakfast after working out in the morning – I am pretty addicted.  Sometimes I will have it for dinner if I am too lazy to cook and my husband is out of town.  That is how I was confident that it would be perfect for dinner the night before the race!  I will use variations of the above recipe, sometimes using unsweetened coconut beverage, adding a handful of spinach, changing up the frozen fruits. – organic strawberries and pineapple are my second and third favorite fruits after blueberries.

Any other color you'd like to add to your race experience that day (that's a huge Age Group win!). 

It was just a magical race for me!  I had been training in the heat and humidity of Florida and the temperature of San Francisco was so refreshing!  I was conservative because my main goal was to qualify for Boston while my twins were still in school there.  Since they are seniors this was it!  I didn’t blow up and I ran my first evenly split marathon!


Congratulations, Julie!  We are thrilled to be a part of your journey!

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