Friday, November 4, 2011

Interview with Apolo Ohno & $25 Subway Giveaway

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SUAR “does” Apolo, soul patch and all

He’s been famous for many things – 8 Olympic medals in speed skating, his sexy (or sordid) soul patch, those hunky thighs, and winning the 4th Season of Dancing with the Stars. One thing is for sure, Apolo Ohno is always up to something.

On DWTS in 2007

Apolo’s most recent athletic pursuit has been marathon training. Rumor has it that Jared from Subway, who ran his first marathon in New York last year in 5:13, challenged Apolo to run the New York City Marathon this year.

Apolo Anton Ohno on the 500m medal stand at the US Short Track Championships in Cleveland ©Pablo Galvez 2004

On the Olympic medal podium in 2004 – he was just a baby, only 22 years old

Apolo’s been running for years as part of his speed skating training, but did not actually train for a race until this year. He ran the Chicago Half marathon in September in a time of 1:40. His coach said that Apolo could have run faster (yeah, sure), but that this was a “training” run for New York and not meant to be a true race for time.

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Apolo training at the track with Michael Phelps. “Hahahah! We both shave our legs!”

I was invited to interview Apolo via conference call yesterday about his upcoming race. This is not the order in which questions were asked and some of it is not verbatim (I can only write so fast), but you get the idea:

Everyone wants to know what your time goal is. What are you aiming for?

I want to beat Jared and Mario Lopez (laughs). Really, I’m hoping to do the race in  3 1/2 hours. I am sponsored by Subway and they have promised to donate $26,200 to the Special Olympics if I’m able to run under 4 hours. I’m ready to rock and roll!

Do you have a mantra you use when the going gets tough?

Yes, when I’m in pain and having doubts, I have to dig deeper. My mantra is “zero regrets,” something my dad taught me.  I want to know that I gave all to my performance.

How has running changed your body?

I have actually lost weight while marathon training. My legs are ridiculous things, but they have gotten smaller with marathon training. They are 50% smaller than they used to be! I don’t have to have my jeans custom made anymore.

How is marathon training different than speed skating training?

They are nothing alike. With speed skating it is all sprinting and explosive. My coach really needed to work with me to slow down.

What do you eat before and during a race?

A good blend of carbs and proteins the night before (he finds brown rice pasta to be a good choice). The morning of the race I eat some oatmeal. During the race, I do liquid gels and try to stay hydrated.

How do you recover after a long run or race?

I love to drink low-fat chocolate milk. It’s the perfect blend of carbs and protein. A lot of times I’m not hungry after a long workout so it works for me.

What is your advice for first time marathoners?

Make sure you are consistent and plan ahead. If you can, get a good trainer/coach. Without my coach (Todd Rushworth) I would just run hard everyday. But it’s really important to know when to take it easy on the long runs. I also learned the value of rest.

How do you stay motivated when you don’t feel like running? (my favorite question)

This happens all the time. I give myself no choice. It’s not an option. I just get out there and do it.

You are working closely with Subway to run this marathon. What’s your favorite sub?

I’m a double meat guy. I go for a foot long double meat (turkey) on honey oat with all the veggies, banana peppers too and oil/vinegar. Sometimes I add in avocado.

 

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Do you want to be like Apolo and run to your nearest Subway for double meat on honey oat? Subway is giving away a $25 gift card to one reader.

To enter, just tell me how you fuel up before and after a tough workout. That’s it. A random winner will be chosen on Tuesday, November 8.

SUAR

Fine print: The Zocalo Group, on behalf of Subway provided me with a $25 Subway gift card as well as the gift card for the giveaway in exchange for my interview with Apolo Ohno. I paid nothing for the items.

142 comments:

  1. peanut butter and honey on toast. always.

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  2. Thanks for the interesting interview and beautiful pictures. I am a big fan of his and wish him all the best for the marathon!

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  3. i like PB and banana, also drizzle on some Vermont honey, thank you!

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  4. Great interview! Apolo is such an all around inspiration!

    I eat oatmeal or a power bar before a run. Always coffee with a full eggs, bacon and toast breakfast post run, made lovingly by my incredible daughter!

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  5. I make homemade protein bars - I like to fuel up on those!
    sbabij2 at shaw dot ca

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  6. before: cereal or oatmeal w/brown sugar and strawberries.
    after: love chocolate milk. Love pumpkin muffins.

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  7. I usually have plain ol' cereal with milk and a banana before I head out to train. And my long trainings are chased with chocolate milk.

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  8. Pre-race or workout has been peanut butter on wheat bread. Post is usually some good protein and usually pasta. And I ALWAYS drink Smartwater :)

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  9. I do not eat well before or after a hard run. This is something I'm actually trying to work on in order to make me more of a well-rounded runner.....

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing this interview! How did you get chosen to do this... next time I want THAT job. I eat oatmeal or an oatmeal based breakfast bar before the run and almost always have a protien shake after.

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  11. The night before I have whole wheat pasta with a tomato based sauce. The sauce is always differnt, but always has mushrooms in it. The morning of I have to have at least one cup of coffee and usually oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter in it.

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  12. Before a long run I have a toasted english muffin with peanut butter (I like Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams PB) and banana slices. Post run I will have a large glass of chocolate milk.

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  13. I fuel up with pb on a banana or toast, with chia seeds and sometimes a homemade smoothie :)

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  14. Before - banana w/peanut butter. AFTER oh man everything is fair game - but since it's fall I usually crave a big bowl of spaghetti with Parmesan cheese + butter (no sauce).

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  15. English muffin and peanut butter with a banana. After a workout it's whatever I'm in the mood for.

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  16. I read the whole post, and I am still beaming ... my first (and only) half marathon was faster than Apolo's. Suddenly, I don't care that I missed the NYC Q time, all I needed was I beat Apolo. I wasn't "racing" either, for the record.

    How do I fuel? 1/2 a PBJ on wheat.

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  17. ezekiel bread w/pb and banana
    or
    steel cut oats w/bp and banana

    all the time-delish

    you make a great OhNo!!

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  18. Still beaming.

    And, I was "racing", for the record.

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  19. Today's fuel was 2 cups of coffee - yeah, bad, I know. But usually it is a bagel, or banana with Maranatha chocolate almond spread. After long runs over 15 miles is skim milk with protein powder.

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  20. What a great interview! I love Apolo Ohno and I had fun reading it.

    I like homemade wholewheat banana muffin for pre-workout and roasted asian sweet potato for post-workout.

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  21. Before - toasted crumpet or English muffin with pumpkin butter and some fruit. After- a big soy mocha and bagel or toast with PB!

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  22. Before: my own healthy version of an egg mcmuffin

    After: Protein smoothie

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  23. I always turn to bananas and peanut butter. :)

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  24. danakolesar@gmail.comNovember 4, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Just some crackers and a gu before a long run, but afterwards, I'm all about the bacon and eggs!

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  25. Before toast with peanut butter....afterwards Starbucks mocha and something fattening :)

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  26. before- PB and honey on toast
    after-a giant bowl of oatmeal or chocolate milk

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  27. I don't eat for at least 2 hours before the run and when I do, it's usually oatmeal or something light. I drink a ton of water too.
    After, I suck on Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, drink more water and eat a piece of fruit and maybe a bowl of cereal (like Kashi Autumn Wheat).

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  28. pre run: Honey peanut butter on whole wheat bagel and after: Chocolate Milk as well.

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  29. Before a long run, I try to have something like a half of a bagel thin, toasted and topped with peanut butter and banana slices. After any run, it's chocolate milk for me!

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  30. Just remember, Apollo is shilling for the chocolate milk conglomerates!

    http://www.refuelwithchocolatemilk.com/

    Although, it's still awesome and so is he.

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  31. Before a run I do a 1/2 pb and honey sandwich toasted.

    After the run I enjoy a nice 6in Subway Melt on wheat!

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  32. almond butter and nutella on a whole grain waffle. every morning:)

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  33. Pre run I eat toast and PB which is new to me bc I am not a PB fan most of the time. Post run I try to get gatorade protein drink and I usually crave pizza though I am sure it isn't the best choice.

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  34. I really like to eat toast with Peanut Butter, Bannana and a 8oz glass of OJ for long runs. Short ones (10K and under) just an 8oz glass chocolate protein shake.

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  35. Apolo sounds like he is an all around great guy, inspiring, too! So awesome that you got to interview him!
    I have pb toast of some kind before and a protein smoothie after!

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  36. I can't stomach much before a race, so usually a chocolate chip granola bar. After, chocolate milk, eggs and toast (if I get out early).

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  37. I can usually survive with just a banana and if I'm really hungry, multigrain english muffins with peanut butter and jam. Afterwards, I pig out on 7-layer bean dip (refried beans, avocado, tomatoes, sour cream, chilies, bacon, and cheese) and tortillas chips. :)

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  38. Before a race I like to eat PB toast with a banana maybe. After, chocolate milk and a balanced meal once I am hungry.

    Great interview!! I am anxious to hear how the race goes for Apollo.

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  39. Before a banana, after a banana with peanut butter.

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  40. after a long run, its the same as Ohno. Chocolate milk! However now I use almond milk and add in Hersheys myself.

    before varies based on length of long run; but generally a peanut butter foldover (i.e. 1 piece of bread)

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  41. PB toast before. Afterwards is a different story. Love some chocolate milk to drink... but pretty much eat whatever sounds good.

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  42. Before a tough workout would be 1/2 PB&J sandwich. Post sweat session would be a banana and maybe some cold fat free chocolate milk!!

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  43. Love my multi-grain pancakes with berries in them (from the Chef at Home Cookbook...delicious cookbook!) before a run. I make a batch for the week, then pop 'em in the toaster to warm up. Or oatmeal when I'm out of pancakes. Always chocolate milk after a run.

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  44. Before: A bagel and some kind of protein/fat (PB or possibly Nutella). After: I'm not usually very hungry, so honestly I will go for chocolate milk.

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  45. love your soul patch! I fuel before running/racing with a one piece-of-bread peanut butter sandwich and afterward with a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

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  46. ah, this is great Beth. Did you have a picture of him to look at while you asked the questions?

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  48. Before is a piece of fruit like a banana or an apple. After is anything quick, usually a fruit smoothie with rice protein powder, or a PB&J.

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  49. Before - oatmeal (AM runner)
    After - chocolate milk.

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  50. Dude, they are laughing because they were just smoking reefer in the locker room! DUH!

    And his answer to the motivation question... "not an option"... that's it.

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  51. I really enjoyed this interview and wish Apolo the best for the race!

    Before a workout, I eat peanut butter toast and after, my favorite thing is Athlete's Honey Milk. But I also really like cereal.

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  52. Great interview. I like a banana and a bagle pre run and some chocolate milk post run

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  53. I always eat a banana and energy bar before I work out. Afterwards I love to make a recovery smoothie!

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  54. Peanut butter and Banana sandwich Pre-workout. CHOCOLATE MILK Post-.

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  55. I like smoothies... skim milk, protein powder, a banana and peanut butter. Tastes like dessert.

    From now on that's going to be my line- "I could've gone faster but I wasn't racing."

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  56. Oh I love him!!! I'm a pb and banana girl or a green monster smoothie with protein powder!

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  57. Banana or green monster before, chocolate milk after. :)

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  58. Rock it thigh man!

    I love oatmeal and pb toast (and a diet coke- because I'm healthy)

    PS I love you SUAR- you have the best blog ever and you motivate me. I'm a new runner (18 weeks) today I ran 8 miles and I just kept telling myself to "shut up and just do it" IT WORKS!!!

    Kelly S.
    sitesx6@aol.com

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  59. I normally try to locate some free low fat chocolate milk after a race :) [muscle milk has been very popular this year].

    Besides that, I would eat a banana to refuel after a race.

    I have a feeling that Apolo would go sub 3:30. His half time was amazing 1:40 at this first half!!!

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  60. Beth,
    I can't help but to share this. After seeing yesterday's post, Apolo's post reminded a pic I took of my bf at a festival:

    Apolo: http://lifttorun.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/espn-body-issue-2011-apolo-anton-ohno.jpg?w=490&h=291

    BF:
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=131680990478&set=a.131679995478.138854.594060478&type=3&theater

    I notice that the champ has a perfect 90 deg angle on the weight-bearing knee.

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  61. For my FIRST HALF Marathon on 10-29-11 I ate a Cliff Bar...dark chocolate/cherries...it was delicious and gave me the energy I needed.
    After...I drank one of the free chocolate milk muscle drinks...not bad.

    ;-)

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  62. before : dry cereals and NUUN

    after Choc milk low fat and almonds

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  63. BEFORE BANANA AND A CLIF BAR, WATER

    AFTER I like my choc milk.

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  64. Before: just a banana or a dry bagel

    After: Protein shake or oatmeal with bananas and nuts

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  65. Pb toast and whatever sounds good after! He's a cool guy!

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  66. before - a banana

    after - a smoothie with a banana in it or
    toast, pb and a banana

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  67. Pre: Banana. If it's a really long run an almond butter and jelly sandwich. After I try to find some form of protein.

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  68. Before a long run...a banana.
    After a long run, eggs and potatoes if I am at home. At a race, I like chocolate milk.

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  69. Before - oatmeal with honey and a little PB.
    After - a bar if I'm far from home, otherwise whatever meal is up next!

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  70. I just realized I eat like a child or an infant pre-run...A juicebox and Peanut butter & honey uncrustables sandwich or baby oatmeal - for convenience cause they come in the little bowls already.

    I'm actually able to eat just about anything pre-run (probably because I'm slow and I don't tick off my digestive system.)

    Post-run I usually do chocolate coconut water or coco aloe juice and then it is pretty much lunch time so I eat something like eggs with some ham or a Subway roast beef on flatbread if I'll be out and about. :)

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  71. Fun interview!

    I need to make fueling before and after hard workouts more of a priority. I always say that I'm going to focus on it, but usually don't. I fuel with peanut butter on toast before races.

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  72. Before a race I have the same thing each time - whole wheat bagel. One half with almond butter and the other with cream cheese and lox. Sweet and salty;). Post-workout is never planned - bad me! I just grab whatever is handy.

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  73. Always a banana - if I'm going out for a 10+ miler, then I will have toast w/ pb too. Post runs really depend on the distance - after a long run, I love an omelet!

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  74. I like PB, banana, and toast before a long run. Before anything 6 miles or less, I don't generally eat anything...if I'm hungry, maybe a bite of banana or candy. Afterwards, I usually just eat breakfast.

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  75. If I'm running in the AM I never have anything, but I always have some apple and peanut butter before my strength training and personal training sessions cause they wear me RIGHT the heck out.

    He sure is dreamy ...

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  76. Alta Radelich (radelich1@netzero.net)November 4, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Love a toasted bagel with Nutella and a big glass of chocolate milk.

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  77. a couple of dry mini wheats before (weak tummy), but after I love chocolate milk!!!

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  78. This is NOT an entry. Why? I once had to eat subway for lunch every day for two months straight, excepting a 2 day break in the middle when I was home. I probably wouldn't spew if was forced to eat their food the way I would McDonald's,k but I'd have to be pretty hungry.

    I just wanted to comment so you wouldn't think I didn't love you anymore, even if you are talking about someone I've never heard of before.

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  79. Before: Peanut butter and honey on a bagel thin.

    After: Accelerade. I find it hard to eat right after a long run

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  80. Before my workout I am a peanut butter on toast paired with some banana gal.

    After my workout Chocolate Milk, Gatorade, a smoothie, and/or Pasta are regular staples.

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  81. Pre-race I love to eat eggs and oatmeal with maple syrup. Actually, I eat that nearly every morning.

    Post-race, I love a peanut butter banana protein shake. I keep bananas frozen so it feels like a milkshake.

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  82. Pre race: PB and toast.

    After: Varies, but my favorite is when the wifey makes me one of her homemade smoothies. Usually some sort of frozen fruit thing she makes in the blender :0)

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  83. Pre-workout I chow down half a bagel, honey, and half a banana. After, chocolate milk. Breakfast of champions - okay, just me.

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  84. I just eat whatever normal meal comes before it. I don't really run long enough to require extra food.

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  85. I only run short distances (compared to most of you crazy people), but I like an english muffin with soy-nut butter and, COFFEE - definitely coffee. After, it just depends what I feel like - often it's an orange. Love your blog and hope the job/home front scenario improves.

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  86. Can I just say....SQUEE!!!! You got to inteview Apolo Ohno!!!! That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing your interview with us!!

    My "tough" workouts currently are 5-6k's at the moment, so I eat a banana before a run (ideally, 1-2 hrs before) and sip a latte after downing a bunch of water after the workout.

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  87. I'm so jealous that you got to interview him!

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  88. PB & J or a bagel with peanut butter is a normal pre-tough-workout meal and post workout I usually like chocolate milk or a protein shake with a banana.

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  89. Picky bar pre-race and Hammer Recoverite post-race!

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  90. I'm back. I want to know how he spends his days. Like does he have to do laundry and go to "work" like at a desk or behind a register? Is he subsidized as an athlete so that all he really has to worry about is his training and resting? What are the components in his 'balance'?

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  91. I fuel before with oatmeal, during with cliff shot blocks/water/nuun and post with chocolate milk. I also love a post run hamburger!!!

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  92. No kidding (not just saying this because it's a Subway giveaway), but I had a footlong turkey on Italian for dinner the night before my last 22-miler. That might be my pre-marathon dinner in 3 weeks. I haven't been eating breakfast before long morning runs, and my stomach has been much happier.

    After, I've been craving chocolate milk and toast or bagel with scrambled eggs.

    Great interview!

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  93. Geez even he loses weight while running! WTH!!!!! This is amazing you interviewing him. Gee and to think I got to meet you. Breakfast. It kind of changes based on my mood.

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  94. I want big biker thighs

    Thanks for the interview

    I fuel with a Honey Stinger Waffle and banana and a large glass of water

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  95. Clif bar before and chocolate milk (in little cartons like I'm in kindergarten) after.

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  96. Before peanut butter on an English muffin after, chocolate milk

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  97. before: coffee dry toast

    after egg and cheese sandwich and chocolate milk

    if its really hot on a long run I want a Coke when I am done

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  98. XLMIC: he is so sponsored it is ridiculous - check out his website. He travels 24 days out of each month. All he does are interviews, training and now he is getting into film. No "desk" job for him. Lots of time on airplanes. He's heading to Hong Kong the day after NYC.

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  99. Homemade almond butter on sprout bread and coffee.
    New to me is choclate milk afterwards.

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  100. I usually eat granola or yogurt.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  101. until i read the caption I could not tell what was on your chin.....hilarious.

    training run schmaining run. That half-marathon was forever and a day ago and he has had plenty of rest since then. He ran a 1:40 and that was the best he could do that day. Don't want to hear it.

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  102. sometimes fruit and cereal-- sometimes eggs--

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  103. Before either a half peanut butter sandwich or a Trail Mix granola bar (fruit and nut). I've found if I eat too much, I feel really yucky. After I like to eat pretzels!

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  104. That is so cool that you had the chance to interview such an amazing athlete (aside from myself, lol!) I do the pb and bananna toast before a long run and eggs after the run :)

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  105. usually peanut butter toast w/honey & sliced banana before. After I generally have chocolate milk or whip up a protein shake w/almond milk, frozen berries & protein powder

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  106. A Payday candy bar before a run and chocolate milk after@ Go Apolo!!! Loved ya in DWTS!!!!!!!

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  107. Before: Half a Chocolate Chip Clif Bar, Banana, 12 ounce Gatorade

    After: Fage 2% Cherry Yogurt, Hot Chocolate, Cran-Pomegranate Joint Juice

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  108. Oatmeal or greek yogurt before and a Marathon Bar after. Coffee before and after of course!

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  109. I have a bagel with laughing cow cheese. After a long run I have some choco milk..then later I like to have some breakfast..french toast or eggs...

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  110. Before a workout I like peanut butter on a wheat bagel, after, generally salty, so sometimes a salad with chicken or a turkey sandwich with pickles. Great interview, can't wait to see how he does!

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  111. Awesome interview! He's a stand up guy!

    Spaghetti with butter the night before. I do gels or sports beans pre run. Afterwards, I'm so excited I drink beer...lots of beer!

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  112. I don't like eating before a workout, and after I'm not too hungry, but I love to make smoothies in my vitamix with frozen fruit, protein powder, and coconut milk.

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  113. peanut butter on whole wheat mini bagel before...
    eggs and cheese after

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  114. Either Fig Newtons or grapes pre-workout, cereal with almond milk topped with cinnamon and a sliced banana post-workout.

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  115. Gotta go with the classic PB banana toast with some honey. :)

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  116. funny enough i decided last that this morning i was going to get back on track with running and as i sat here doing a quick blog read i linked to you from becoming me fav blog list...

    http://samantharogers.wordpress.com/roster/

    this post gives me a little more push and inspiration and so off i go to get back into my running mojo!!!

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  117. For some reason, a bagel and eggs before and chocolate milk after.... it seems to be what my body likes best these days....

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  118. That is so crazy that he had to get his pants custom made!

    Before a long run I love a plain or egg bagel with peanut butter and afterward I always crave something sugary and carb-y. Like pancakes. And chocolate milk.

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  119. Love whole grain pasta with a lean protein and veggies. Afterward I'm a big fan of chocolate milk or a chocolate banana protein shake.

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  120. I like to eat yogurt and water!

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  121. I cannot wait to hear how his marathon went!
    Before a tough workout, I am a creature of habit and always have a granol bar. Immediately after, usually a banana and Silk Chocolate Light. That night, any and everything!!!

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  122. I like to eat pasta with meatballs after running

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  123. Well, coffee of course!! With frosted shredded mini-wheats and milk. After a run, I'm not hungry for a while, but if there are cookies around, then milk & cookies is the thing. Love my milk!!

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  124. before a workout i eat a banana. lately after a workout it's been a bacon and egg sandwich.

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  125. alot of water before and light snack after

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

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  126. A few fruits and veggies. Sometimes a smoothie

    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  127. Before:oatmeal and a piece of fruit After: almond butter on whole wheat toast. :o)

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  128. Morning workout:
    Oatmeal with syrup and coffee prior.

    Post workout:
    Embarrassed to say, we try to finish a ride with a giant burger and a beer at our local pub.

    I read "almond nutella" in the comments from another poster...I think I just threw up in my mouth a little...

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  129. I generally get really bad GI issues if I eat before a run, but I know I have to fuel up for longer events, so I eat something easy on my stomach like a half bagel and peanut butter or a Clif Bar. Afterwards (if I'm not nausous out of my mind), I like refueling with sports drinks, Gatorade, bananas, bagels. Pretty much your typical post-race fare.

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  130. before--pb&j. love it!

    after--whatever i'm craving :)

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  131. I never really feel hungry or feel my stomach can handle something before a work out. If I do eat it will be something small like toast with pb, or a granola bar or fruit chews.

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  132. Bagel with cream cheese or PB.

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  133. pb on wheat toast or string cheese

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  134. Before a hard workout I normally have a protein bar or some oatmeal. After a long run I love having pancakes!!

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  135. It depends on what time of the day I'm doing my workout. If I'm doing a hard workout early in the morning I'll eat a dinner with simple proteins and I enjoy my carbs. I'll usually have a baked potato topped with greek yogurt mixed with fresh dill. Yum-o! After my early morning workout I also eat my favorite carbs since my metabolism is still so high. I've been known to eat spegetti/meatballs, or a little bit of lazagna for breakfest after a really hard workout, and munch on veggies and a little bit of lean meat for the rest of the day. I always feel like I should reward myself with my favorite foods, but I make sure to keep it early in the day, and I only do something like that maybe every other week.

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  136. Beer is always nice after a workout.

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  137. not sure if you've picked or not, but if it's a long run, fuel up before with banana and something like a cereal bar. short run - nothing. long run after? chocolate milk directly after, and i usually end up craving french fries.

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