northeast team beef member library

Ashley Sears Randle
Sterling, MA

   

Occupation- Assistant 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!

Read Ashley's member profile Running to Support Dairy and Beef

Rachel Tambling
Hartford, CT

     

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.

Terrance Young
Bolton, MA

 

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.

Christina Lood
West Orange, NJ

     

Occupation- Public Affairs & Communications for Zoetis Animal Health

Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Protein & iron!

Favorite cut of beef? Filet Mignon, I usually eat beef 1-2 times each week.

Personal highlights/Greatest achivements with running?My favorite aspect of running is exploring new, beautiful places on the power of my own two feet. Having moved often for my career, I love that running gives me a way to connect with other people in new-to-me places. I'm proud of my PRs (mostly set in 2014): 3:45 marathon, 1:42 half marathon. While I'm not chasing PRs anymore, I continue to be motivated to run for health, fitness and fun!

Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Volume before speed and have fun!

Chrissy Carroll
Bolton, MA

     

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.

Check out Chrissy's Blog: Snacking in Sneakers

Billie Jo Kiel
South Royalton, VA

     

Occupation- Producer Relations Manager, Horizon Organics

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 achivements with running?I raise a few cows for beef on our small Vermont farm. As a new runner I do not have too many running achievements, but I try to beat my time each run.

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.

Amanda Peretich
Prince Frederick, MD

     

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.

Check out Amanda's Blog: Run, Peretich, RUN!

Read Amanda's member profile article:  Set-Backs, Persistence and New Goals


Jordan Craig
Washington, D.C.

     

Occupation- American Forest & Paper Association

Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Lean protein from beef fills me up and provides for easy refueling.

Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Stay consistent and you can always run faster than you think you can.

Carole Stevenson
Edgewater, NJ

   

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.

Marty Tatman
Washington D.C.

     

Occupation- Director, Program Development at American Farm Bureau Federation

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.

Karen Esdall
Virginia Beach, VA

 

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

Morgan Finton
Reston, VA

   

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!

Karen Sanzo
Hampton, VA

     

Occupation- Professor

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.

Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Take it slow and enjoy the process. It is not always easy, but hard work pays off. Also, join a local running club if there is one in your area. It is always great to show up to a race and see familiar faces in the crowd and to have a friend or two to run with on occasion.

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

Andrew Brooks, Sr.
Haymarket, VA

     

Occupation- Immigration Service Officer

Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? Most important for a speedy recovery!

Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Never forget why you started running!

Alden Gibbs
Laurel, MD

   

Occupation- System Administrator

Why is including lean beef in your training regimen important to you? The amount of protein I get in beef!

Tips of advice for a newbie runner? Take your time stay the course.

David Roy
Schohaire, NY

 

Occupation- Seed Research & Operations Manager

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.

Letty Marino
Virginia, VA

 

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.

Nick Marino
Virginia Beach, VA

 

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.

Abbie Gellman
New york, NY

     

Occupation- Registered Dietitan 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!

Kimberly Hague
Chesapeake, VA

     

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.

Ryan Haynes
Fort Washington, MD

 

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.

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.

Janice Chatham
Radford, NY

 

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!!

Stanley Bryant
Portsmouth, VA

     

Occupation-  Project Manager

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.

Loan O'Brien
Vienna, VA

     

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.

Ginger Harrell
Franklin Park, NJ

     

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!

Katelyn Parsons
Ashland, MA

 

Occupation- Director of Communications and Marketing 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.

Dani Burton
Newport News, VA

   

Occupation- Assistant Chief Prosthetics at VA Medical Center, Part-Time Soldier too!!

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!

Christopher Free
Virginia Beach, VA

     

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

Ross Yellin
Brookline, MA

     

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

Melisa Augusto
Washington, D.C.

     

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!

Margaret (Meg) Sauve
Midlothian, VA

   

Occupation- Client Services Manager - Military & Federal, 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 saturated (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? Run your own race, which applies to pace and goals, but also fueling! Industries and advertisers and most other runners will say you shouldn't eat meat, or not much meat, or use pasta and grains to fuel you. Do your own research and know that your body loves beef!



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