Following our evaluation of Honey Stinger Gels, we reached out to some of us nearer to the Honey Stinger Hive to get their perspective and a few insights about their vitality gels. We have been tremendous excited to get a response from non apart from two time the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and up to date document breaker of the Quad Rock 25 mile path run in Fort Collins, Colorado – Ashley Brasovan. Ashley has been crushing data since her days in highschool and is a specialist at races within the 50k vary. You possibly can try a bit extra about her operating historical past and keenness for the surroundings on this iRunFar profile or in Leo’s Studying video interview.
We carried out the interview by way of electronic mail and centered the dialog on fueling methods but in addition ventured just a little bit into different subjects.
Right here is our Q&A with Ashley.
I learn that you simply lately broke the 25 mile Quad Rock document in Fort Collins Colorado – Congrats!! How did you gasoline for this sort of race? Something particular pre-race, throughout and post-race? (Instance: Are you able to give us a rundown of what you ate and once you ate them?)
Thanks! This was a REALLY scorching day too so fueling & hydration was undoubtedly the first focus for me. Here’s what the day seemed like from a fueling perspective:
~90min pre-race: Toast with banana slices and peanut butter. I prefer to have one thing that I’m used to and digests simply.
~60min pre race: 16oz of water with 1 nuun sports activities pill (love the orange-mango taste with just a little caffeine)
Throughout Race (~4 hrs): For gasoline, I usually do 1 gel each 30-40 min. My favorites are the short burn gels for the marathon distance which is often Honey Stinger Acai Pomegranate & Honey Stinger Strawberry kiwi (contains caffeine). I alternate between caffeinated and non-caffeinated. For hydration on scorching days, I attempt to get in ~15-20oz of water per hour and can change to sports activities drink or no matter is out there on target if I begin feeling any form of cramping approaching (particularly the final hour or so).
Submit race: I attempt to get in actual meals and loads of water ASAP. Today I had a veggie burger with watermelon after which 2-3 cans of glowing water inside 60min of ending to hurry up restoration!
As each an achieved marathon runner and path runner – is there a distinction in how you propose and execute your in-race fueling technique?
Positively! Fueling seems utterly completely different for various races. For cooler climate, I usually want much less water and electrolytes than I’d on a warmer day. I additionally take a look at elevation achieve within the race and altitude. For races with extra vertical achieve or greater up in altitude (above 9,000ft), I gasoline extra steadily than flatter or decrease altitude races. Additionally, if I do know a giant climb is coming then I’ll attempt to time a gel about 10min earlier than to have the glucose hit proper as I’m going into the large climb and have discovered that efficient. Numerous various factors so I undoubtedly evaluation and examine the course previous to deciding on my gasoline technique for the day and ensure to observe my vitamin throughout coaching.
How did you get began with Honey Stinger?
I first was capable of join with Honey Stinger at a couple of native occasions again in 2017. It was neat to see a neighborhood Colorado firm primarily based in Steamboat that had a give attention to mountain athletes and had a workers of athletes. I began utilizing the merchandise and actually cherished the short burn vitality created from sustainably-sourced honey and the number of merchandise – pre, throughout and submit racing and coaching. I utilized as an Ambassador for the 2018 season and have been with the corporate ever since!
What’s the connection like with the model? Do you get to attempt any of their prototypes? Do you’ve got any enter into their future merchandise?
Honey Stinger has been an ideal and collaborative model to work with. I’ve gotten to check and supply suggestions for a number of the prototypes previous to these going to market. They do take note of actual suggestions from athletes previous to going to market with a product. I’ve been capable of collaborate with the model on a number of the sustainability initiatives this yr which has been thrilling since I’ve 10+ years of expertise within the sustainability business. It’s nice to work with a model that acknowledges and leverages your talent units outdoors of simply operating.
In your athlete web page on the Honey Stinger web page they’ve listed your favourite merchandise as GF Salted Caramel waffles & Coconut almond protein bars – are these nonetheless your favorites; What’s particular about these?
Sure these are nonetheless two of my favorites for pre and submit exercises! The flavors are nice and I like the vitamin profile for coaching and racing. The third one which I’d add could be the Acai Pomegranate gel to gasoline me throughout exercises & races.
Do you’ve got any ideas for different athletes seeking to get some operating assist from huge manufacturers?
I’d say 2 issues. 1) Be sure you just like the merchandise of the model that you simply wish to work with and that these merchandise truly be just right for you. Generally I hear that individuals simply desire a sponsorship however haven’t tried the merchandise long run or in any respect. You need this to be a mutually helpful relationship. 2) If you wish to work with a model, begin small. Attempt making use of to an envoy program first to get a really feel for what the model and crew is like and to make sure that you’re aligned on morals, values, and teaming. Networking throughout races and at athletic occasions on-line or in-person can assist to begin get you engrained with a model as properly.
Exterior of racing, what’s your method to vitamin and food regimen?
I keep a balanced method to vitamin outdoors of racing. Most of my food regimen is plant-based with a give attention to getting sufficient energy for my exercise stage. I combine loads of complete meals (non-packaged) and beans, yogurt, tofu and eggs to get sufficient ranges of protein, carbs and fat.
I noticed in your Leo Studying interview that you’re a self-admitted document holder for coping with stress-fractures. Do you’ve got any ideas for athletes on the subject of overcoming such adversity, and particularly do you suppose vitamin performs a job in that as properly?
Vitamin, general stress, and restoration play an enormous function in accidents and stress fractures. I’ve had 6 femoral stress fractures during the last 12 years and had a extreme consuming dysfunction in highschool that led to osteoporosis by age 18. Underfueling actually put me in that place so my focus over the previous couple of years has been getting in sufficient gasoline and the best stability of fats, protein and carbs which has GREATLY diminished my damage charges. I’ve additionally overcome osteoporosis and now have wholesome bone density by focusing extra on vitamin.
Lastly, it’s peak summer time proper now and runners all around the world are coping with making an attempt to handle operating and coaching within the warmth. How’s the climate in Colorado lately? And, do you’ve got any ideas for athletes coaching in a world that’s more and more getting hotter?
Local weather change is certainly creating hotter summers throughout the globe. We now have had a couple of toasty 100+F diploma days in Colorado this yr and some record-breaking days. The few items of recommendation I’ve are to:
- Prepare early if potential to beat the warmth and keep away from dehydration threat.
- Get in loads of fluids and electrolytes over the summer time when it’s scorching out.
- Should you begin feeling gentle headed or dizzy, seek the advice of with a medical skilled, cease exercise and get inside to gasoline up, settle down, and get additional hydration.
Large due to Ashley for sharing her nice recommendation and we encourage you to comply with her over on her Instagram web page.