Veteran Marine, Father of 3 (adults!), Boston Marathon Qualifier, Technology Learning Enablement Professional
You know how they say never try anything new on race day? Well, I did it and I have zero regrets! I came into the 2015 Boston Marathon off of a long injury and had 1 long run leading up to the marathon that was over 13 miles. After hearing about UCAN from a couple running friends I stopped by the booth at the expo. I learned more about UCAN’s unique carbohydrate LIVSTEADY and the benefits of it versus sugar-based energy and decided to buy two packets and used them the next morning during Boston. It was the first marathon I ran, where start to finish, my energy was just as good at the finish as it was at the start! Oh, and I re-qualified despite the lack of training! UCAN has made all the difference in my training as I have a bacterial overgrowth in my intestines and gels just provide the bad guys the energy and leave me lethargic and nauseous. UCAN doesn’t give me the brief “high” of a gel but, far more importantly, it doesn’t give me the crash either. Steady energy. From start to finish! My marathon/long run strategy is 3-4 scoops of UCAN Energy Cocoa with a scoop of dehydrated peanut butter (for the fats! but has no sugar), black hot coffee, and water. I start drinking this about 45 minutes pre-race and drink over the course of 15 minutes. If I’m racing local, I mix Plain UCAN with Watermelon Hydrate and drink this around mile 15.