Home-grown talent: Charles Remillard

I use Beet It Sport Shots because
as a science nerd I am familiar with the great benefits
it can have towards my training and competing!

Beet It Sport Ambassador Charles Remillard

Welcome to Beet It, Charles. How did you get involved in running?
Charles RemillardI began building up endurance as a I had to carry buckets of milk up to feed the baby calves as a young child before school on our family dairy farm. I got involved in running around 6th grade when I saw my older sister running high school cross country.  My family was more of a  football family so I played football in 7-10th grade and only ran outdoor track.  I had an amazing role model and middle school running  coach who was a phenomenal runner himself.  This coach often told me my future was not in football.  As I grew taller and skinnier I began to think he was right. So I hung up the cleats for some spikes!

Do you have an athlete role model who inspired you? 
Like I said before I was really inspired by my middle school and early high school coach Matt Deshane who was a division III all-american and a really amazing coach. Along with Matt I have always been really inspired by Ryan Hall and his commitment to faith and running.

What advice would you give to someone considering taking up running?
I would say that the best advice is that it is inevitable that some days running will really suck and that their will be days that you really do not want to get out the door. However, overall the benefits that I personally have received from running largely outweigh the frustrations, disappointments, and painful times wrapped up in the sport.

Best running achievement so far?
My best running achievement so far is most likely my post collegiate 33rd placing in the 2017 NYC marathon where I also was awarded 2nd in my age group behind the winner and the fastest resident of Brooklyn.

Aspirations in running for 2018 and beyond?
I know that it is a long shot but my goal is to be able to qualify and compete in the 2020 US Olympic trials.

What are your top three sport nutrition tips? 

  • Make sure to get enough protein and complete carbohydrates such as brown rice and sweet potatoes (I am also Gluten Free as recommended by my medical doctor).  Also do not stray away from meat  when it comes to protein (especially red meat!).
  • Do not fall into weird diet crazes such as staying organic or gmo free.  Milk and other dairy products are great recovery foods!  (maybe not pre workouts…)
  • Make sure to drink lots of water. So often I find myself feeling like crap when I do not drink enough water!

What are your top three training tips?

  • Make sure that you take your easy days easy… you need to recover!!!
  • Make sure to incorporate speed appropriate workouts for the race you are doing. No need to run 15 mile tempo runs when training for a mile.
  • Enjoy yourself and keep things interesting.  Do not stress yourself out, make sure you are enjoying yourself and that it does not become a chore.

Can you give us an insight into your pre-race routine?

I hydrate with lots of water throughout!  Two nights out I make sure I have a high carbohydrate to protein ratio for my diet. I like to eat lots of beets leading up to a race as it has been studied that beetroot juice reduces the oxygen cost of endurance exercise by allowing you to burn less energy (ATP) to produce the muscular force that propels you forward One night out I have it the other way around.  Morning of I eat oatmeal with banana and some other fruit.  I do a 10-15 min warm up jog with some drills and strides.  If I am really going for it I will at times pop a caffeine pill right before the race for an extra jolt!  However I would not necessarily recommend this and it is definitely not a “test it out on race day “ thing.  My body did not react well to it the first time I tried it!

How did you hear about Beet It Sport?

I found out about Beet It Sport by researching companies that sold beetroot juice to help me get ready for my marathons!

Why do you use Beet It and how has it helped you?

I use beet juice because as a science nerd I am familiar with the great benefits it can have towards my training and competing!