Occupation- Deputy Commissioner, MA Department of Agriculture Resources
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? From distance running to eating a well-balanced diet, beef plays an important role in my diet as a recovery source of lean protein. Growing up on a dairy farm, I was accustomed to weekly dinners that featured beef as the main dish. As I attended college and later entered the work force, I incorporated beef into my diet to provide energy, lean protein, and iron. Once I got into distance running and fitness, I quickly learned the importance of good nutrition to improve my performance and beef has helped me to achieve that.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Small steps eventually lead you to your ultimate goals...don't forget that everyone lines up at the starting line but not everyone prepares to finish. Put in the time with training, nutrition, and most importantly have fun and you will reap the joys and benefits of running!
Fun Fact! I raise and exhibit registered Guernsey and Holstein cattle on the local, state, and national level.
Read Ashley's member profile Running to Support Dairy and Beef
Occupation- College Professor (and also track and field coach, spinning and yoga teacher)
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Beef is not only an important component of the diet of a runner, but the perfect lean protein for athletes. One of the keys to success as a runner is a proper diet that supports the caloric and nutrient needs of the runner. All endurance athletes need delicious, filling, nutrient-dense foods that are quick and easy to prepare. Offering lean protein, rich in nutrients runners need like iron and zinc, beef is the perfect choice. Beef also offers the flavor variety athletes crave, with preparation options for every budget and taste. From filet on date night to meatloaf Sunday, beef offers great choices for every taste. Beef is easy to prepare and offers the rich, satisfying taste runners love and the protein, vitamins, and minerals runners need. Athletes can be confident that, when they’re choosing beef, they’re choosing a lean protein that offers nutrition to support an active lifestyle.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Have fun! Stay in the moment and enjoy! Don’t wish away the discomfort or worry about your performance. Enjoy the run for the pure joy of running with these people, on this day, in this race.
Fun Fact! I have an 18 year older chihuahua named Mae
Read Rachel's member profile, No Signs of Stopping
Occupation- IT Specialist
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Long runs during marathon training and multisport events (triathlon) really beat up my muscles. I use every trick to recover as quickly as possible, and lean beef includes more than just protein. Plus, it just taste great!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Take it slow, enjoy the journey, and the results will come.
Read Terry's Member Profile Article: When Love, Running and Beef Blend.
Occupation- Project Manager in the energy industry
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? It is a great source of protein and it helps keep my energy up. It helps fuel my body to help prevent injuries.
Favorite cut of beef? I don’t have a specific cut- my top 3 would be filet mignon, ribeye, and hamburger ( nothing better then a great burger on the grill). I usually eat beef 3-4 times each week.
Personal highlights/Greatest achivements with running? Completing a 50km trail run and 3 beach marathons.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? To have fun and run your on race.
Fun Fact! A group of friends and I circumnavigated Isle Royale in our kayaks. Isle Royale is a national park in the middle of Lake Superior.
Occupation- Dietitian/Blogger Extraordinaire
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? It's an excellent source of protein that helps with muscle repair & recovery. And as a female runner, the highly bioavailable iron is key for preventing anemia. Plus, it tastes great!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Just start. Don't think about when to do it or if you have the perfect gear or perfect training plan. Just throw your shoes on and start moving. You don't have to run a hundred miles each week to get into longer distance races.
Fun Fact! I once met Fat Joe and Barack Obama at the same conference.
Check out Chrissy's Blog: Snacking in Sneakers
Read Chrissy's Member Profile Article, When Love, Running and Beef Blend.
Occupation- Dairy Farmer
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Beef contains all of the essential amino acids and is known as a "complete" protein source. Beef contains 25 grams of protein in a serving! Protein is needed to build and maintain muscle, which is very important to meet and exceed your training goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Personal highlights/Greatest achievements with running? My first half marathon last year! I DID IT virtually but hope to run a in-person on soon!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? I am a beginning runner, but plan to run a race at least once a month this year.
Fun Fact! I have own, raise and breed hogs. I usually have a dozen at any given time, but can be up over 50 during farrowing.
Occupation- Co-owner & head coach of Calvert CrossFit North
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Lean beef is high in protein and great for fueling your body during exercise!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Just keep running - it only gets better from here.
Fun Fact! I’m a crazy cat lady and foster through Friends of Felines. We have fostered over 24 cats in the last 2 years (and we are a kitten foster so usually it’s only from April to September).
Check out Amanda's Blog: Run, Peretich, RUN!
Read Amanda's member profile article: Set-Backs, Persistence and New Goals
Occupation- Cheese Maker!
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? I have a very active job and I am an active runner and I need a high protein diet especially one high in iron for long distance running. My favorite cut of beef the sirloin tip and I eat beef 3-4+ times each week!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? When you’re just starting out, it’s tough, but increase your running by a small margin like a minute every day. I always tell myself “I can run for 60 more seconds” and then it’s not as daunting as a half a mile. Before you know it you’re running for a couple hours and loving it.
Fun Fact! I make cheese and do standup comedy in New York City!!
Read Joy's member profile: Challenge Accepted
Occupation- Physician Assistant
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Protein intake is important for building muscle mass, which will help with endurance and speed. Beef is versatile and delicious and goes great with pasta!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Just get out and run. Walk if you have to. Don't worry about time, just get the miles in.
Fun Fact! I've traveled to over 30 countries on 4 continents, including 1 week scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands. Still more to come!
Read Carole's member profile article: COVID-19 Patient Caretaker and Northeast Team Beef Member Shares Her Story
Occupation- Director, Member Engagement at American Farm Bureau
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Beef provides me with the protein, nutrients and minerals that I need to put in my miles. It also tastes great!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Enjoy slowly adding miles to trainings runs, make sure to have a good music play list and always stretch.
Fun Fact! I graduated high school with a class of 27. Marty's PR in the marathon is the Marine Corps Marathon in 2018 at 3:28:12!
Read Marty's Member Profile Article: West Coast Native Represents Beef on the East Coast
Occupation- Special Education Assistant
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? I include beef in my training regimen to replace the muscle that I have lost.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Make it your race. Run for you and no one else. Don't let anyone ever tell you "You Can't."
Read Karen's member profile: Taking Charge of her Weight
Occupation- Agile Coach
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? It's a nutrient-packed recovery food that is for any athlete in the process of crushing fitness goals.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Don't overdo it or get overwhelmed at first. "Shuhari" - you must crawl and then walk and then run. Mastering something will take time and you will "learn by doing". Get involved with other runners and get tips - they are free!
Occupation- Professor of Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University and Director of INNOVATE Programs
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Lean beef provides me the protein needed to repair muscles and aid a quick recovery from my training. As a long-distance runner, I rely on lean beef as an essential part of my nutrition. Additionally, the iron in lean beef helps to prevent anemia. On top of the nutritional benefits, it tastes terrific and is a central component of most of our family meals.
Running Achievements! It's not my fastest 5k, but 23:44 for a 5k November 7, 2015. I'd run a 27:03 just a month before at a 5k, which was my fastest to that point (I just started running in 2015) and I discovered that if I ran smart, focused, and pushed myself I could run faster. It was pretty cool seeing what I could really do (my 5k PR is 21:56, but that was the best feeling shaving off that time). It was also my birthday and I came in third female that day and that was the best present!
Check out Karen's Blog: KLS Runs
Read Karen's Member Profile Article: P.U.S.H - Push Until Success Happens
Read Karen's Women in Beef profile
Occupation- Immigration Service Officer
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Most important for a speedy recovery! I absolutely love burgers and steaks! So, essentially our family consume mostly ground beef products.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Never forget why you started running!
Running Achievements! 3:25 in the marathon in 2016 during the first few years of being on Team Beef!
Read Drew's Member Profile Article: 10K to 180 Marathons in a Decade
Occupation- System Administrator
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? The amount of protein I get in beef! I love Ribeye and Cheese Mashed potatoes.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Take your time stay the course.
Running Achievements! Dewy Beach Marathon 03:48:27 year 2017.
Fun Fact! I’m a techie must have the latest and greatest gadgets out.
Read Alden's Member Profile Article: Many Reasons to Run (nebpi.org)
Occupation- Retired Seed Research & Operations Manager. Currently, farmer!
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Beef helps in providing a balanced protein source for maintaining muscle mass. I'm a beef producer and a runner. What better way to support my product!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Find a running partner or group that you can occasionally run with. You will have more fun, learn more and have someone to support, motivate when you need it.
Running Achievement: Most of my PR's happened years ago, but I'm especially proud of my 1st in age group placing and 22nd overall at the "All American Marathon" in 2019 that I ran in 3:23:16 with my son.
Read David's member profile article here: A legacy of farming and fitness
Occupation- Network Systems Administration
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Building lean muscle and quick recovery are the benefits I look for with lean beef.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Enjoy the ride. Don't stress about running because then it becomes work and nobody likes having to work at something that just feels like work.
Read Letty's Member Profile Article: Honoring our Fallen Warriors While Advocating for Beef.
Occupation- Police Officer
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Good protein for muscle building and recovery and I like it!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Start easy and slowly add mileage and speed. Sign up for various races to make running more fun.
Fun Fact! I'm a car guy. Cars are my hobby.
Occupation- Registered Dietitian and Chef
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Beef has a huge amount of valuable nutrients, including protein and iron, which are vital to our bodies - especially when training.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner?Just do it!
Read Abbie's Member Profile Article: How One Registered Dietitian Shares Her Love for Beef.
Occupation- Probation Officer
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Because beef fuels me. Five years ago, I had weight loss surgery. The surgery is a tool that changed my thinking from food is there for comfort to food is there to nourish and replenish my body. The surgery taught me to make good, healthy food choices to live a healthy lifestyle... which in turn comforts my soul. I eat low-carb, moderate fat, high-protein, and lean beef is my go-to protein choice. After the weight-loss surgery I started running. I use beef jerky as fuel during training and races. Beef not only give me energy and the salt that I need during training but it’s also delicious. The protein keeps me full as well as being so beneficial to muscle repair during recovery.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Stick to your training, listen to your body, fuel with beef jerky and recover with a delicious steak dinner.
Fun Fact! I am a single mom to the most amazing boy, who probably loves beef more than I do. We’ve started traveling the world and plan on doing a new country every year.
Read Kim's Member Profile Article: Motivated to Run, Thanks to her Son
Occupation- Clinical Research Strategist
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? As a diabetic I need other sources of fuel for my body besides carbohydrates. My everyday go to is ground beef anyway from burgers to pasta to meatloaf to meatballs and let's not forget TACOS!!!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Hydrate like your life depends on it, because it does, listen to the mistakes of other runners, nothing wrong with stretching and a good night’s sleep before a long run is vital.
Fun Fact! I literally ran myself off of a double organ transplant list!
Read Ryan's Member Profile Article: Diet and Exercise Really Does Matter.
Occupation-Academic Advisor at Virginia Tech
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? I was raised on a beef farm in Kansas and been a beef eater my entire life. I was previously on the Kansas Beef Team. I can definitely tell when my body needs protein during marathon training - lean beef burgers are my go-to after every long run! My dad passed away 2 years ago. He was so proud of being able to say, "I feed people." Being on this team is a way to honor his commitment to the beef industry. My favorite cut of beef is a Ribeye and I usually eat beef 2-3 times each week.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner?
Get a plan and stick to it....see a doctor if you have an injury and follow their directions. Discipline and Patience!!
Fun Fact! I stopped coloring my hair in March 2020- I call my new color “Covid Gray”!!
Occupation- Engineering Planning Analyst
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you?Easy source of protein and nutrients like zinc, iron, and B12.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Stick to your training plan and trust your training on race day. If you have been true to your plan, it won’t fail you. Invest in the correct shoes and get a gait analysis. Don’t try anything new on race day. Eat Beef.
Running Achievement: 1st 50K done October 2020.
Fun Fact! I was born on July 4!
Occupation- U.S. Coast Guard Officer
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? There are lean beef meals that I look forward to having as part of training and recovery.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Believe in the training. Go at your speed for the first few races not the fast runners pace at the beginning of the race. This also allows for a more enjoyable experience.
Occupation- Systems Coordinator in the Social Work Field
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Beef fuels my body naturally with protein and iron. Every PR that I’ve earned, has been after a pre-race dinner including beef. I include beef in my training because eating beef makes me feel strong & happy! Why does beef make me happy? Because beef is DELICOUS!!!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? You can start running at any stage or any age in life! I didn’t start running until my late 30’s & every year I’ve felt faster and stronger. I compete against myself & when I crush goals it feels amazing! Running will change you. It will give you control. It will move you forward, and it can set you free from the stress of life if you let it.
Read Ginger’s Member Profile: First-Time Marathoner, Coming Up!
Occupation- Director of Government Affairs at the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? I grew up on my family farm and we consumed a lot of lean beef. As I started out on my own and began incorporating cooking into my daily routine, I kept up that practice and currently utilize it to fuel my runs. Lean beef is protein packed and keeps me going. My favorite cut of beef is a Filet Mignon and I usually eat beef 2-3 times each week.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Everyone starts somewhere. Even if you can only run 1 minute and need to walk the next, that's a place to start. You can only get better with consistency and training.
Read Katelyn's Member Profile Article: Motivation and Hard Work Lead to Success.
Occupation- Assistant Chief, Prosthetics VA Medical Center and Platoon Sergeant in the PA Army National Guard
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Lean beef is an excellent source of protein and aides in recovery, plus its delicious!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Your race your pace, ensure you keep a healthy balanced diet and ENJOY the journey!
Occupation- Director of Communications and Education for the Joshua Fund
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? It's central to my training. My go-to meal is a lean beef burger and sweet potato fries; I generally try to eat paleo and that lends itself to a lot of juicy beef! I try to eat lean protein directly after a workout and lean beef is my preferred option.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? In the words of Joe Vigil, early Deena Kastor coach: There is no such thing as overtraining, just under resting (From “Let Your Mind Run” by Deena Kastor).
Read Chris's Member Profile Article: The Sweet Tale of How One Man Chased Love and Became a Runner
Occupation- Account Director at Practice Alchemy
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? At the beginning of my triathlon training, my iron dipped dramatically and incorporating more lean beef into my diet helped it rebound and then some! Great for training and overall energy levels!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? STICK TO IT. Don't give up on yourself or your goals.
Read Ross's Member Profile Article: The Value of Beef to One Northeast Team Beef Triathlete
Occupation- Director of Communications & Marketing: Agricultural Retailers Association
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? As a distance runner, I understand the importance of lean protein as both fuel for my cross training and for recovery. Plus, carb loading with spaghetti and meat sauce or lasagna is the best!
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Consistency is key. There will be hard days, but you just have to persist!
Read Melisa's Member Profile Article: "30 Before 30 List" Turns Woman into Avid Runner.
Occupation- Success Manager for a SaaS company
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Deliciousness and recovery... and a reward for a good run. I make reservations for the best steakhouse in each city that I run a marathon in. My favorite cut of beef is a Porterhouse and I eat beef basically every day of the week.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner?
Competition brings out the best in you. Just try to beat your last time and
save your quickest mile for last in training.
Read Mikey's Member Profile Article: Black Belt Fueled by Beef
Occupation- Clinical Research Coordinator
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Beef is key in my training regimen. It is the best source of protein both for recovery after training and fuel before training. It is important for me to include it not only because I view it as an excellent source of protein but also so I can support the families that work so hard to produce the best beef possible. My favorite cut of beef is the Ribeye and I eat beef about 4 times per week.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Be sure to never train too much too soon. Always enjoy your run and the
camaraderie that come with it.
Occupation- Farm Food Distributor for Lettuce Be Local, Livestock Farmer's Wife
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? As someone who has three small children (5, 3, 1) and has been working hard to improve my health and fitness over the past year, lean beef is my favorite form of fuel on a daily basis. Ground beef is my favorite because of its versatility; beef jerky made with lean ground is my favorite portable snack! For a cooked cut, skirt steak is a favorite to marinade for whole-grain beef burrito bowls.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Stick with it at your own pace. Becoming a good runner is about improving on yourself day over day, no one else.
Occupation- Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach at Hargrave Military Academy
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? It provides me with mental and physical energy pre and post workout. I feel stronger knowing my body is getting the nutrients needed to stay healthy and to allow me to perform my best. I suffer from low iron and red meat is my number one source for replenishment. My favorite cut of beef is the Filet Mignon and I usually eat beef 5-6 times each week. I was a member of Team Beef - Kansas for 6 years before moving to VA. In Kansas with Team beef, I enjoyed meeting new people and connecting over a passion that we all share. It is encouraging and inspiring to meet others on to hear their stories and how Team Beef allows them to succeed. Also, it is great to hear spectators shouting "Team Beef" and giving you an additional energy boost during the longer races. I hope to continue learning about the benefits of Beef and to teach others.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner?
Ask questions. Run for time not distance. Don't be too hard on yourself! Eat Beef, Hydrate, Sleep!
Read Amanda's Member Profile Article: Team Beef Member Travels the World
Occupation- Beef Farmer and Program Manager/ "Coach" for Northeast Team Beef!!
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Beef is so satisfying!! When training for a race, I'm often SO hungry throughout the week and I know beef will satisfy my hunger as the protein rebuilds my muscles and the nutrients replace what I've spent.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? One foot in front of the other and KEEP GOING! Often times, you have to run to feel like running.
Occupation- Veterinary Student
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? I love having burgers or tacos (with beef from my in-laws farm!) for dinner! They keep me full, provide excellent protein, and taste great! As a veterinary student, I love teaching others the importance and truth about production animals! I participate in many local races each year, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to combine all of my passions: animals, running, and eating. My favorite cut of beef is a brisket or kabob meat.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Find what makes you happy! Stretch, do yoga, and lift weights to prevent injury!
Read Amanda's Member Profile Article: Back to School and Fueled by Beef
Occupation- Self Employed Electrical Contractor and Part time RRCA Marathon coach for Fleet Feet, West Hartford CT
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? I include lean beef in my running regiment for many reasons. The simplest answer is that I like to “supercharge” my body before I run a marathon. The protein that lean beef provides helps with keeping my weight optimal for running. I switched to lean been years ago when I first started running higher miles. Since lean beef is such an excellent source of iron it helps to maintain my energy levels. The added vitamin B converts carbs into fuel. I believe this is what contributes to my ability to run over 10 marathons a year. This and the fact that’s it’s just plain delicious. My favorite “go-to” post-race meal is a juicy steak! I eat beef 3-4 times a week. I always eat beef for my Saturday night meal preparing for my Sunday long run.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner?
The best tip that I could give a new runner is to take your training slowly and give your body a chance to acclimate to the number of miles/stress that you are putting your body through. Having a solid training program is important. This also includes proper nutrition and eating a balanced diet with lean meats, fruits & vegetables. Having a healthy lifestyle, you will achieve your goal much faster. Secondly, to prevent injury, it is critical to get fitted with proper sneakers. Keep track of your miles and never let your shoes get too old.
Read Kim's Member Profile Article: Leading by Example.
Occupation- Senior Client Services Manager - The Princeton Review/ Tutor.com
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? My husband and I are both keto-turned-carnivores. I'm a strong believer in fueling my events (and daily life) with fat as opposed to carbohydrates. We eat fattier cuts of meat typically but love all things beef, lean or otherwise. Endurance running is saturate (pun intended) with carb-based runners, sugar, and plant-based athletes. I believe our sport needs to recognize more efficient and healthier ways of fueling, which includes quality beef and all the nutrients that make up that beef.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner?
Occupation- Learning Designer/Learning & Development, Fitness Instructor, Running Coach
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? I run a lot! I typically run 10 marathons a year and coach 2 marathon groups and teach fitness classes during my lunch break. Taking care of my body by hydrating, getting rest, and most importantly, proper fueling is very important to me. Eating lean beef has part of my nutritional running regimen for pre-runs and recovery. Beef provides the majority of the protein I need. I love that 3 ounces of lean beef is only 170 calories and provides protein, zinc, iron, and B12 & B6 for energy. Not only does it provide these nutrients, it also tastes fantastic! My favorite cut of beef is the tenderloin and post-marathon or post-long runs, I LOVE a juicy cheeseburger and I usually eat beef 3-5 times each week.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? I would start by telling them to get good sneakers, don’t do too much too soon and to make sure to listen to your body. Make sure you rest and also recovery by foam rolling and stretching. Include core and strength with your training. Also, take care of your body; proper hydration and nutrition will help with injury prevention and building muscle. But for me, the most important, believe in yourself and never, ever give up!
Read Jeanne's Member Profile Article: Motivating Each Other Through Many Miles
Occupation- Full-time farmer and meat hustler at Sickler's Circle View Farm
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Beef is a great source of protein, vitamins, and iron. I feel confident the beef I put into my body and feed my family is densely nutritious and it is also from animals raised on our farm. My favorite cut of beef is the Ribeye and we eat beef 3-4 times each week.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner?
Don't watch the clock. Measure your success in miles not minutes.
Fun Fact! I love running to bluegrass music!
Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? I am a huge fan of vegetables and carbs but beef is so very important to me for muscle recovery and muscle building. I am not getting any younger, so I know the value of strong muscles to keep my body healthy and bones protected. Plus, who doesn’t crave a giant burger after a long run?! My favorite cut of beef is the Filet Mignon and I eat beef 3-4 times a week.
Tips of advice for a newbie runner? It definitely hurts at first. It definitely will hurt in the future but when it feels good, there’s no better feeling! Just take it a day at a time, a run at a time, a mile at a time.
Read Maria's Member Profile Article: A Running Streak Fueled by Steak
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