John Williamson

John Williamson

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.

John Williamson, Runner
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