Chicago Marathon Nutrition Tips by Andrea Rudser-Rusin


Chicago Marathon
Chicago Marathon 2014 will be held on October 12th. It is about 19 weeks away. Chicago Marathon is one of the six races of World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York). Usually approximately 45,000 runners participate in the race. Chicago Marathon is one of the biggest races in the world. Also, the marathon is one of the fastest races because the course is relatively flat.

We Support Athletes
Performance Integration would like to support runners who will participate Chicago Marathon, runners and any athletes. Proper training and recovery is essential to prevent injuries and improve athletic performance. Nutrition is also important as well.

Andrea’s Nutrition Tips
Having proper nutrition is a crucial factor for marathon training and successfully finishing a marathon race. One of the best sports dietitians in Chicago area Andrea Rudser-Rusin, MA, ATC, RD, CSSD at SportWise Nutrition & Consulting, LLC will help you about sports nutrition for running. Andrea will give a nutrition tip every week starting from this week for 18 weeks.

Former Co-Worker
Andrea and I used to work together as athletic trainers at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is also a certified athletic trainer. She helped various teams at UIC not only as a certified athletic trainer, but also as a sports dietitian. Her knowledge of sports nutrition is phenomenal and many student athletes improved their performance because of her nutrition advice. She has been a great athlete herself. She was a NCAA Division II national champion in two swimming events. She still has competed in triathlon and Ironman races.


About Andrea Rudser-Rusin



Andrea Ruder-Rusin, is a registered dietitian, board certified as a sports dietitian, and a certified athletic trainer (the sports medicine type). Andrea practices in the private sector under the title of SportWise Nutrition & Consulting LLC. Clients of SportWise include athletes and non-athletes as well as groups associated with both for-profit & not-for-profit organizations.

Andrea has Bachelor’s degrees in Athletic Training and Nutrition & Dietetics from The University of North Dakota. She holds Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from The University of Minnesota. Her nutrition expertise includes sports nutrition, weight management, pre- & Post-bariatic surgery nutrition & lifestyle counseling, and behavior modification. Her sports medicine skills are maintained and put to good use with ongoing work for the United States Swimming national team and traveling with other USOC sponsored teams and competitions.

Her athletic career began some 30 years ago as an age-group swimmer under the instruction of internationally known swimming & stroke expert, Mike Stromberg. Ander continued her swimming career through college, splitting her time between The University of Minnesota and The University of North Dakota. While at UND she was NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly and was awarded All- American status at both universities in a variety of events and distances. Andrea has participated in 5k &10k open water swimming events, ironman & ½ ironman distance triathlons, and various running events ranging from 5k to marathon distance. She has completed 3 sub-12 hour ironman races and has placed 1st in her division in the 2.4mile swim portion of the ironman triathlon. She is also a member of team Go Dog Go!, 12-time co-ed relay champions at the Chicago Triathlon.

Words to live, train, and race by: “The pain of not trying your hardest lasts a lot longer than the pain it takes to push yourself to the limit” and advice learned early on from Coach Stromberg – “Just have fun, don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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