1. How would you describe yourself as an athlete?
The best word to describe myself is: Tenacious. I am not the fastest runner you’ll ever meet or the most gifted but I am as tenacious as they come. Training is one of my favorite things to do, putting in the miles, the grit and determination to prepare myself to be the very best I can possibly be when it comes time to toe the line come race day.

2. Have you always been a runner?
No. Labor Day 2011 was the first day I stepped out my front door and began running with the C25K program. At the time I was working on dropping a little weight (eventually 170lbs) and thought running might help in my fight against the battle of the bulge. Not only did running help me lose the weight, it showed me an entirely different way of life and I’ve never looked back!

3. Do you participate in many races?
Racing is such a blast and I dearly love it! In 2014, I started focusing more on ultra distances so the number of races I run each year has dropped a bit. I discovered that preparing for a 50M or further takes a bit more time and miles so I can’t run as many events each year as I used to. Still, I love running a fun marathon as a training run for an ultra a few times a year. I think this year (2019) I’m running 7 events, 4 of which are ultra distances.

4. What motivates you to train and compete harder?
April 9, 2015 I was blessed to be matched through the IRun4 FB program with a little boy named Aiden. This, now almost 7 year old boy, is the reason I run. Every training run and every race is dedicated to Aiden. He has multiple medical challenges yet he goes through life with a mega watt smile and brings joy to everyone around him! I’ve been fortunate to meet sweet Aiden and his family two times in the 4 years we’ve been “buddies.” This coming October, we’ll be running the Detroit Free Press 5k together (his parents will be running as well and pushing him in his chair) and then the next day I’ll be running the marathon for him. Both of us are so excited about this upcoming event! This will be the first time we’ve been able to be at a race together. #IRun4Aiden

5. Any tips on nutrition that you try and follow?
Over the years I’ve learned that it’s imperative to fuel my body for my activity level. “Dieting” doesn’t work. Cutting calories is a bad idea for this runner. My diet is pretty high in protein and carbs are my friend, maybe not my #BFF but they are my friend. Junk food, while I love it, is a recipe for disaster for a serious run/race. While I’m not a nutrition guru, I do try to eat healthy and smart.

6. How did you hear about Beet It Sport?
I had heard about Beet-It Sport from a few running friends. They swear by it and had been trying to convince me for a while to try it. I heard more about Beet-It Sport on Twitter and gave it a try. I’ve always been cautious on “supplements?” I try not to take a lot of different “fad” things but seeing as my friends had been taking it for quite a while with great results and had bugging me for the same amount of time, I finally gave it a try.

7. Did you notice a benefit to using Beet It Sport?
Immediately! Isn’t that amazing how fast a person can tell a difference? I was running with MFH (My Favorite Husband) and hadn’t mentioned to him that I was trying something different. On our run he mentioned two times that I was running stronger and more consistent. I was like, So it’s not just me! How awesome is this!?!

8) Anything additional you would like to add about Beet-It Sport?
I’m excited about my fall/winter racing line up with the addition to Beet_It Sport! With the marathon in October and the 50M two weeks later, that 50M PR may not be such an off the wall idea after all!

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Melinda Howard - Beet It Sport Ambassador