Prerace Cheetos Helped Ashley Paulson Tackle the Olympic Marathon Trials – Runner’s World

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Ashley Paulson has a little more energy than most people. Ever since the mom of four from St. George, Utah, began training for Ironman triathlons and marathons 10 years ago, she has grown to embrace early-morning workouts, late-night treadmill runs, and afternoon doubles whenever she can squeeze them in.

I dont want to be a mom whos not involved, Paulson told Runners World. Even if that means waking up before my kids do and staying up late to greet my two 18-year-old daughters when they get home at night. Indoor training and early mornings arent a chore anymore.

By day, Paulson, 38, works as a coach for iFit, a virtual training app offered by NordicTrack. Her job allows her to get in her first workout of the day, then she usually supplements with another session on her own in the afternoon. A typical week of training for the athlete includes running between 70 and 80 miles, cycling 12 to 15 hours, and swimming five to six hours.

I run a lot more compared to most triathletes, because its my favorite, she said. When I get off the bike in an Ironman, Im like, Yay, now I get to run a marathon!

Last year, Paulson qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials at Grandmas Marathon with a finish time of 2:44:50. Throughout the winter, she trained for Atlanta in a similar way that she prepares for Ironmans, maintaining the cycling and swimming load while increasing her running only slightly.

I dont run as much as other qualifiers, but I think biking and swimming keeps me just as fit and helps prevent injuries, she said. The hard work paid off: On Saturday, February 29, Paulson clocked 2:40:07 on the hilly and windy course at Trials, finishing 44th overall for women.

To keep up with the rigorous demands of her training and racing schedules, Paulson has to consume plenty of fuel. Here, she gives us the rundown of what she typically eats and drinks for a day of training.

On a day where I can sleep in a bit, Ill wake up around 6 a.m. and drop my first kid off at school at 7 a.m. If my morning workout is an hour or less, Ill do it fasted once I get home and eat breakfast afterward. If the workout is longer than an hour, Ill have toast with butter and jam and a shake blended with chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, strawberries, and a banana. I call it my PB&J smoothie. Im not a coffee person, so I add 65mg of caffeine to my shake.

On race mornings, I like having two packages of applesauce, toast, and a banana about three hours beforehand. Then an hour before the race, Ill eat a single-serving bag of Cheetos. It sounds crazy, but I tried Cheetos before Grandmas Marathon, and it sat really well and stocked me up on salt and carbs, so now its my lucky fuel. If Im hungry right before the race, Ill have an energy gel.

The biggest change Ive made to my training and racing over the years is adopting a better nutrition strategy. In my first Ironman, I only had 200 calories over the course of the race, and I learned that fueling during a race will make or break you. Now, I have 200 calories per hour of exercise. If Im running or doing a hard bike workout, Ill take in calories in liquid formenergy gels. If its a long ride, simple carb-and-salt combos work. My personal favorite ride snacks are puffed Cheetos and apple fritter doughnuts.

Plant-Based Chocolate Protein Powder

Im a sandwich junkie. For lunch, Ill usually make a big sandwich with avocado, turkey, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, and have that with water mixed with amino acids, which help with recovery. I typically leave at least four hours between my first and second workoutsthat way, my legs can recover and my food settles. About an hour before my second workout, Ill have a G2G bar. Im not a protein bar person, but these bars taste amazing.

Four times per week, Ill have a basic combo of chicken and rice, and during the weekends, Ill eat pizza with my family, or well go out to dinner. My usual weeknight bowl consists of grilled chicken cooked in our backyard smoker and white ricewhich I make using coconut milk to make it extra creamywith Ranch dressing and Wingers sauce on top. Its maybe not the healthiest, but it packs in carbs, protein, and salt, which I need a lot of.

The Right Way to Carb-Load Before a Big Race

The day before a race, I usually avoid fiber altogether to lower my risk of stomach issues. My biggest meal the day before is breakfastIll load up on pancakes, eggs, and other carbs. For dinner the night before, Ill have chicken, rice, and a baked potato with salt about two hours before bed.

Im obsessed with candy. On a non-race day, I prefer bringing jelly beans or Swedish fish as workout fuel instead of an energy gel. If my kids are having cake or ice cream at home, Ill eat some with them. I try to keep my sugar tooth in check, but I firmly believe that you can have everything in moderation.

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