Advertising, Account Director
Distance running – half marathons and marathons
Now that I’m a working mom it’s usually four times per week, but previously (and in my dreams!) it’s 5-6.
Honestly, my favorite potatoes are rich, buttery mashed potatoes, enjoyed as an indulgent, comforting dinner after a long training run or race.
I’d say potatoes show up in my meals 1-2 times per week.Read More About This Athlete
Seed potato farmer
Usually I train for distance running, and sometimes trail running. I run anything from 5k races up to marathons. My next big race will be the Boston Marathon, which I just qualified for. I’ll run some shorter races to prepare for that.
When I’m training for a marathon, I train about 5 days a week.
I like them any way! I like hash browns, I like mashed potatoes and gravy, and I like roasted or fried potatoes.
Everyday! Sometimes for breakfast but usually for dinner.Read More About This Athlete
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist – Dietitian for the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association and the Wisconsin Beef Council
I’m a mountain biker!
I typically ride 3-4 times a week during the warm season but have just recently bought a fat bike so should be doing some snow biking this winter. I also do CrossFit 2-3 times per week.
I love grilling golden potatoes with a little garlic and salt seasoning. I can’t pass up a baked potato either topped with Greek yogurt, salsa, ground beef or broccoli and cheese.
4-5 times per weekRead More About This Athlete
Corporate Sales Operations Manager for Idahoan Foods, LLC.
Train to keep in shape and manage weight – 3 days a week of Kick/Boxing, 20 miles a week running.
Every other day
Mashed and added to pancakes
3 times a weekRead More About This Athlete
I currently train for Midwest Collegiate Triathlon Conference races and USAT Collegiate Club Nationals. I also have raced a few additional running and triathlon races each year with the WPVGA Powered by Potatoes team.
Lately, I’ve been slicing russets into wedges and tossing the wedges in olive oil, ground coriander, black pepper and salt. I bake the wedges until soft at 375F and serve with a generous portion of dipping sauce made of 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp mayo, and a dash of Sriracha. I’m addicted.
4-6 meals/weekRead More About This Athlete
I’d say potatoes show up in my meals 1-2 times per week.
I love the clean, simple carbohydrates and whole food goodness that potatoes offer. While I try to eat a varied diet with lots of different vegetables, fruits, carbs, proteins and sources of nutrition, they are definitely a go-to favorite for me.
I use simply prepared potatoes (boiled, baked or mashed) as both a night-before performance food and as a recovery food. The simple carbs are a great way to top off my glycogen stores and eat something that will digest easily so as not to tie me up or feel heavy during racing.
I was doing a course tour in preparation for my second marathon, and a weathered older marathon vet regaled me with the story of how he ran the Comrades ultramarathon in South Africa. He said his fuel of choice were small boiled, salted potatoes. Ive had more respect for the humble potato as an energy food ever since!
Everyday! Sometimes for breakfast but usually for dinner.
Yes, absolutely. I usually either roast or fry up potatoes in chunks and then I put rosemary and parsley and salt on them. I either eat a few of them before I train if it’s a short run. If it’s a long run over an hour, then I stash them along my route with my water so I can eat them along the way, instead of a gel or a bar. During a competitive race, I usually carry them in a little baggie with me.
When I pan-sear them a little in a frying pan and then put rosemary or parsley on them, with a little olive oil, they aren’t too messy for eating. I’ve run with other people and shared them and after the taste them, they realize how much they like them and they always want more.
My favorite is the roasted potatoes I described. Sometimes when I am BBQ-ing or hosting a dinner, I’ll prepare them for that. I like to fry in olive oil in a pan or roast in the oven.
One story I really enjoy is I ran a long relay with 9 other people. They brought fruit and other energy foods. I boiled up potatoes and I had them in a big pan. When we started out, they weren’t sure about eating them. But by the first day, after they had tasted a few, they were gone. Everyone seems to love them!
4-5 times per week
Yes, I do. Potatoes are a great complex carbohydrate that helps keep me fueled during long rides. They are also a good source of potassium which has helped prevent muscle cramping.
For my longer rides I’ll pack pre-cooked petite potatoes and consume along the way.
Potato Energy Bites and Flame-Licked fingerling potatoes with Spud Rub
I started my athletic career as a swimmer at the age of 5. When I was in my teens I realized that what I ate determined my athletic performance. Baked potatoes or mashed potatoes were always part of my pre-game meal and continue to be part of my meals.
3 times a week
I have added dehydrated potatoes to my protein shake.
Rainbow Potato Pancakes
Spartan Race (Sprint, Super, and Beast). I run 5 to 6 races a year ( a combination of 5K, 10K and ½) I completed my first full marathon in 2016. I have done the Race to Robie Creek ½ Marathon three times and I am planning on my 4th in 2018. Nothing beats a baked potato at the end of that race.
Yes, I look to potatoes for a budget-friendly and easy to digest source of carbohydrates and potassium.
I keep potatoes on hand at work for a healthy, microwavable option for when I forget my lunch or need an afternoon snack that will sit well in my stomach before an evening workout.
Herb-loaded Greek yogurt makes an excellent baked potato topper post-workout, coupling carbohydrate and protein in that vital refueling meal.
Some teammates and I made the Red Velvet Potato Muffins (Potato Performance Muffins) once. They didn’t last long! I also was pleasantly surprised by a lemon potato salad.
One time, mid-winter when our triathlon team was in deep training mode (reaching, tired, getting short tempered), I tossed one of those foam stress-ball potatoes into the pool during a swim practice. It made its way through all the lanes. The ensuing confusion really lifted everyone’s spirits!
Potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium and energy that we need to perform at our best. More energy-packed than any other popular vegetable, potatoes have even more potassium than a banana. Plus, there’s a potato option to fuel your body and brain throughout the day — whether you lead an active lifestyle or are competing with elite athletes.
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To fuel your performance, look no further than the potato. Did you know that potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium and energy you need to perform at your best? Potatoes are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable and a medium-sized potato with the skin has even more potassium than a medium-sized banana.
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