Navigating how to fuel your body optimally for training and race day can be very overwhelming. There are thousands of books, blogs, podcasts, and magazines at our fingertips that are dedicated to the topic of nutrition and a lot of the time they all say different things about what is best for us. So how do you know what will work the best for you? This article will give you an outline for how to go about figuring out your optimal nutrition as well as highlight resources that will give you more information about nutrition. This article also highlights where fuel such as GU will be available to you on the Tunnel Marathon race course.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that I am not a registered dietitian and do not have a nutrition certification. The information in this article is based on education I received in my undergraduate studies, research I have done, and interviews with Certified Nutrition Professionals. The recommendations written in this article are not a prescription and all dietary changes that you make should be discussed with a certified nutrition professional or your doctor first.
Injuries are unfortunately, a common part of being an athlete. While injuries are not always preventable, there are steps we can take to try and protect ourselves from sustaining an injury. In this article I will outline common running injuries, how to help prevent and treat them, as well as what a long term injury prevention plan should include. Make sure you are taking these steps to ensure that you stay healthy for the upcoming marathons!
"In October of 1989, my Dad, Paul, ran a 2:49:50 to qualify for the 1990 Boston Marathon to be held on April 16th of that year. He often cites one of his workouts for that race - 12x1600m at 5:45 pace - as one of the hardest and most rewarding of his life. However, what he held on April 16, 1990, was not a Boston finisher’s medal, but his one-day-old daughter: me. Though he later qualified again, injuries have thus far prevented him from running the race. Fast forward to 2018. After pursuing professional ballet and contemporary dance in college...
Alicia Medley wears many hats within the Tunnel Marathon Team and is officially the Race Coordinator. At the start, she was invited to be a finish line massage therapist. While in that role, she saw a need and felt the desire to help with set up and clean up of the finish line area while not doing massages. She was invited back and her role continues to evolve.
"My plan after finishing Ironman Florida 2015 was to begin training to qualify for Boston in 2016 (M65-69). One week after Ironman Florida, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. That put the kibosh on training for three months as I had to have my left kidney removed and heal from surgery. But my efforts for 2017 and 2018 were frustrated by (probably training too hard) and coming down with a cold/sinus infection/bronchitis eights weeks out from the qualifying events, which I had planned for early October. Both maladies saw me through two courses of antibiotics. Oh, and I didn’t mention the two kidney stone surgeries...