Favorite Foods And Gear Of Three Top Trail Runners

Olga Varlamova-King pays close attention to striking the right balance of fluids and sodium during long races. Photo: Photoshow.com

Olga Varlamova-King’s Top Picks

Olga Varlamova-King, 42, who lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two kids, was born and raised in Russia, where she ran “for fitness” in high school, but didn’t start racing until about 12 years ago. The former biomedical research scientist is now a licensed massage therapist, Yoga-Fit instructor and running coach. Although King’s not known for speed, she’s finished among the top 20 women (and ninth in 2005) at the prestigious Western States 100, and has won several 50 and 100-mile races over the past few years. When she’s training for and racing these distances on mountainous trails, King pays close attention to striking the right balance of fluids and sodium, the most vital electrolyte for runners during exercise.

Olga Varlamova-King’s Top Five Trail Nutrition Picks:

  • Water
  • Gels: “PowerBar gels give me the least stomach distress, compared to others.”
  • Potatoes and potato chips
  • Tomato or V8 juice
  • Chicken bullion or chicken noodle soup

Varlamova-King’s Top Five Trail Gear Picks:

  • LaSportiva Fireblades
  • UltraSpire pack (no bladder)
  • Ultimate Direction handheld bottles with soft nipples
  • Drymax socks
  • iPod

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