January 13, 2012
"I am not someone who would normally write about myself or acknowledge my accomplishments, but after working with Stephaney Theobald, my wife Ashley Marshall with Natty Nutrition/Natty Run, they wanted me to write down all the things I had been telling them in the hopes of helping other runners and endurance athletes see the value of nutrition and weight training in running. I was a nonbeliever and am now completely convinced (much to my surprise).
As a serious runner in high school and college, I always trained and competed hard with pretty much success. I ate what I wanted and continued that habit well until adulthood. After a few successful years running post-college I began to see my times slip. I was still training hard but could not seem to get my times to where they had previously been. After a couple of disappointing races, (most significantly the Cincinnati Flying Pig), my wife gently suggested that I start taking my nutrition a little more seriously; not because of health issues, as I was still by normal standards, a very 'fit' guy, but to help my performance. I was finally ready to try it. My sister-in-law Stephaney and my wife Ashley developed a meal and weight training plan to supplement my own running regimen. I was actually very surprised at the results. Within a week or two I could feel an impact this new regimen was having on my running. I felt more awake, alert and most importantly I was no longer having swings of really good running days followed by really tired ones. I was running with more consistent energy and stamina from day to day. In a way it stabilized my training.
I began to slim down and become very lean. The area around my stomach where I stored all of my fat (and around my upper body) began to shed. Previously, I thought running was all I needed to do to stay fit; but the nutrition and weight training combined my own hard work, discipline and running program paid off. I won a couple of 5K’s, including Covington Catholic’s Alumni Run (which I had not won since college). I was racing better than I had in a couple of years and I felt really great. My 'season' ended at the Columbus Marathon in October where I qualified for the Boston Marathon. **UPDATE --On Nov 3rd of 2012 (at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon) I beat my PR by about 15 minutes and ran 2:43.12
The nutrition and weight training plan were an invaluable supplement and were key to my successful year. Not only has it (surprisingly to me) dramatically helped my running, but the experience has taught me so much about how to fuel my body for performance. Even in my off season I am incorporating so many of the things I learned from Natty Nutrition/Run, including the usefulness of BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) after my runs to help conserve my muscles. I will be gearing up my training again in the spring for the Flying Pig. My wife Ashley can keep you updated on Natty Run's Facebook page. Thank you to my wife (Ashley), my sister-in-law Stephaney, and Natty Run for providing me with ways to improve my performance."
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