Pro Runner Sarah Sellers on Pre-Run Fueling

Fueling before a hard morning workout can be a challenge for even the most seasoned runner. There’s a fine line between fueling enough pre-run to get through it feeling good, but not eating too much where you feel sluggish and full.

Professional runner Sarah Sellers finished an impressive 11th overall in the women’s race at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, running a personal best time of 2:31:48. To get to the start line in the best possible shape, Sarah has to make sure she’s well fueled for her key workouts while balancing her job as a nurse anesthetist with training at an elite level.

To fit in her workouts around her hours at the hospital, she often does longs runs or hard workouts at 4 or 5 AM. Training hard so early in the morning can present a major fueling challenge.

“When I do hard workout at that time, especially hard long runs, in the past I would wake up about 3 hours before and have close to a full meal with a complex carb and some protein,” says Sarah. “Then I would try to go back to sleep, never really sleep well because you’re up and antsy about the workout, so ultimately it was cutting back on 2.5-3 hours of sleep before the workout.”

As she was training for the 2018 Boston Marathon, Sarah was tipped off to UCAN by fellow elite runner Taylor Ward, her college teammate at Weber State University.

“I really like the idea that UCAN is easy to digest and it can keep your blood sugar stable for a prolonged period,” says Sarah. “Now I sleep right until 30-40 minutes before my workout, I wake up and have UCAN, and then go straight on my run.”

UCAN Energy Powders are powered by SuperStarch®,  a slow-releasing carbohydrate that delivers steady, long-lasting energy with no spikes and no crash. SuperStarch® exits the stomach quickly, making it the ideal pre-workout fuel source for runners.

“Typically you need to eat something with fiber or fat to not feel the spike & crash and get sustained energy, but it’s hard to digest right before a hard workout and it’s not conducive to marathon training,” says Sarah. “UCAN really gives you that sustained energy without having to eat a lot of fat and fiber before a workout.”

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About Sarah Sellers

Sarah Sellers burst on to the professional running scene with a surprise 2nd place finish at the 2018 Boston Marathon. It was only the second marathon ever for Sarah, who was sidelined from running by stress fractures after a standout collegiate career at Weber State University. Sarah finished 11th at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Sarah works full-time as a nurse anesthetist, serving as an inspiration for everyday runners who like Sarah, also have to balance training and the desire to achieve a personal best with career and family responsibilities.