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NuGo Fan Competes in Ironman World Championship

We are proud to sponsor Marie Bartoletti in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October, 13, 2012. Marie, who is 55-years-old and lives near Pittsburgh, PA, has done 236 marathons plus many triathlons and ultras! She ran her first marathon, the Pittsburgh Marathon, when she was 38 and now paces 25-30 marathons per year. Marie is a huge NuGo fan and loves NuGo Family Coffee, Vanilla Yogurt, and Orange Smoothie. Here is an excerpt of our interview with Marie.

What do you eat before, after, and during a marathon?
Before a marathon, I have a ritual of a banana, and a bagel with peanut butter. I also have an electrolyte drink. After a marathon it is really important to get high carbs and protein. Sooner is better; within 15 minutes is great. Whatever they are serving at the finish line that has protein in it and carbs, I grab! If there are NuGo bars there, they are perfect since they are a great healthy snack high in protein (and delicious tasting). Oh, and I LOVE Chocolate Milk as a recovery drink. It has everything you need and it tastes great too! During the marathon, I drink the electrolytes and water at the aid stations as well as the gels.

What is the most challenging marathon you have ever done?
I would have to say the most challenging one was the first one. I trained properly for it, but when I went out to do it, I did everything wrong.

I would say the most challenging events I have done are my ultras; like the Western States 100 miler and Badwater’s 135 miles in Death Valley’s 126-degree temperatures! Also, I find trail runs great fun but VERY challenging to stay on your feet with all the roots and rocks you encounter!

What tips do you have for others participating in a marathon?
Always enjoy the moment. I tell my groups that if they aren’t having fun, they shouldn’t run! It’s important to train for the event; makes it easier to do it. Always hydrate along the way. NEVER start too fast, it will hurt you in the end. The best thing to do is run with a pacer. I will guarantee you a good time the whole 26.2 miles. I will be your cheerleader, motivator, distracter, joke teller! It’s not a good idea to do anything new on race day; like wear a new shirt or shorts that might rub or try any new food or drinks you are not used to because they might not agree with your stomach. Sleep is most important two nights before the event. Lots of people are worried that they didn’t sleep the night before because they were nervous, but your body doesn’t know you missed that sleep until the NEXT day after that!

Why do you love NuGo bars?
I found NuGo bars at a marathon expo and I loved them. NuGo is one of the bars that is not only good for you with high protein, etc, but they are delicious. It is like eating a candy bar, but a healthy one!

Please take 30 seconds to vote for Marie before September 30, 2012 to be featured in a chocolate milk commercial and watch her terrific video. You can vote daily and for every vote, $1 will be donated to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. We wish Marie the best of luck in all of her endeavors!

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Pittsburgh Marathon 2012: Photos, Video, and Big Thanks

This was our fourth year proudly participating in the Pittsburgh Marathon. We want to congratulate everyone who joined our teams and finished the race. You are all Runners of Steel! Thank you to everyone who helped with the event and donated money for the Children’s Alopecia Project (CAP). So far we have raised $2,615, and you can still make donations until the end of May.

This year we had the biggest running team yet. Team NuGo had 35 people running! David Levine, NuGo President, ran the full marathon. Alyssa Nard, NuGo Marketing Director, ran the half marathon.

We received some great emails about the NuGo Pace Team. Here are some of our favorite quotes.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to be a part of the NUGO pace team in the Pittsburgh Marathon. Needless to say, it was a wonderful opportunity and time! I want to thank you for your company’s sponsorship of the pacing team. I received many hugs and thank you’s as we crossed the finish line yesterday. Your support of the running community is truly appreciated.” – Sean

I just wanted to say that I was so super proud once again to be a part of this very special Pittsburgh NuGO Pace team, with the fabulous group of pacers that we had this year.” – Marie

Look at this video we made of the kids marathon on Saturday, May 4.


To see all of our photos from the expo and marathon, view our Facebook album.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year!


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Naturally Gluten-Free Food for Runners

Being a gluten-free runner isn’t as hard as some people think it is. I often get questions like “What can you eat?” and “How do you carb load when you are gluten-free?” since many of the staple “runner” foods are not gluten-free.

Pasta dinners? Fine – if you use gluten-free pasta made from brown rice, corn or quinoa. Bagels & bread? Again, gluten-free versions are fine, but they are not usually available as post-race food offerings. Instead of trying to find replacement foods, I like to focus on naturally gluten-free foods to fuel my body.

Compared to how many foods we have to avoid, there are many more foods out there that are gluten-free and great for runners to eat. You just have to know what to look for and eat. It is a learning process, not only finding gluten-free options, but also figuring out what works best to fuel your body. It has taken me a couple of years to get this worked out, as my stomach is finicky when I run. I have to proceed with caution when fueling.

Some naturally gluten-free foods that are good for runners are:

• Whole fruits

• Whole vegetables

• Quinoa

• Sweet potato

• Baked potato

• Brown rice

• Millet

• Buckwheat (kasha)

• Avocado

• Cottage cheese

• Greek yogurt/Kefir

• Nuts (almonds, cashews & walnuts are my favorites)

• Corn tortillas

• Almond butter

• Lean protein – chicken, pork, ground turkey, beef, bison (higher in iron than beef), shrimp, salmon

• Rice cakes (I love these with almond butter & raisins or banana)

• Dark chocolate

• Almond milk

• Chocolate milk

Most of the above foods are a part of my diet on a day-to-day basis. I do eat my fair share of gluten-free bagels, English muffins, waffles, breads & brown rice tortillas and depend on various brands to fill that need.

For pre-run fuel, I eat a small bowl of low-sugar, low-fiber cereal. Rice Chex is a good choice, as is a gluten-free crispy rice cereal. Sometimes I’ll pour a little almond milk over it, other times I will eat it dry. During my runs I depend on GU (labeled gluten-free) when running over 8 miles. For hydration I use Nuun instead of traditional sports drinks because I can’t tolerate the sugar or artificial sweeteners when running. Post run I eat something with a nice balance of carbs and protein almost immediately. My current favorite is the NuGo Slim Brownie Crunch bar!

The most important indicator is how you feel during the run and afterwards. You may find that you need to tweak your diet by adding more protein or carbs. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.

About the Author:

Kimberly Bouldin      
I am a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After my celiac diagnosis in 2006, I have made it my mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from “made from scratch” homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, I share my experiences and pass along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. I feel that I am a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans.

As I have journeyed down the road of racing over the past 3 years, I have tried many products that I now love and have tried equally as many that didn’t work for me. In addition to sharing my journey down the road of gluten-free living, I am also sharing my journey as I train for my upcoming races. This may include gluten-free fueling, race gear, shoes and more. Currently I am training for my 6th & 7th half marathons (April 22nd & May 5th) and hope to complete an additional 3 later this year, bringing my total half marathons run to 10.

Read Kimberly’s blog, Gluten-Free is Life, follow her on Twitter @gfreeislife, and like her facebook page.




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