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Healthy Chocolate Mayesa and Athletes – One Runner’s Story

December 20, 2013

April Thorpe is a San Diego Ultra Runner who uses healthy chocolate Mayesa in her daily training. She recently came in 14th overall with a time of 8:52:54 at the San Diego 50 Mile Trail Run; 4th for the ladies.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself, April.

April: I was born and raised in a small town in upstate NY, where there were more cows than people and it was a wonderful place for my imagination to grow.  I always wanted to be outdoors, so I made my way to San Diego where I work at an outdoor flower shop as a floral artist.  “Living the dream” has become a reality for me and I’m very thankful for that every day.

Q: What kind of athletic endeavors do you participate in?

April: Ultra running is my main game.  I have a passion for running; it’s my therapy and really makes me appreciate my surroundings so much more.  If everything else goes wrong, I know I can rely on running to make my day more worthwhile.

Q: How did you become interested in entering marathons and races?

April: I ran track and cross country in high school, and that competitive edge never really goes away. I did my first marathon in 2007, but in 2009 upon completing the Portland Marathon, I felt like I wanted something more. Not concrete and city streets, but trails and more endurance, where we’re really born to run.  That’s how I got into ultras.

Q: How did you first learn about Mayesa?

April: There was a promotion going on in Sprouts Farmers Market and it was love at first sip! The gentleman doing the promotion hooked me up with some coupons, so I stocked up!

Q: Tell us about your training.

April: I feel like I’m always training, preparing for the next race.  I’m fortunate to work in the afternoon to evening, so I wake up in the morning and get my run in before I go to my side job, dog walking, and then to work where I’m on my feet for the remainder of the day.

Twice a week I go to the gym after work for strength training and once a week I hit up the track for speed work.  Some ultra-runners are able to eat whatever they want, but I need to be more conscious of what I put in my body because I’m always recovering from long runs and preparing for the next.

I’ve made a habit of having “breakfast salads” as my first meal with some kind of protein and a carb based on how long my next run is.  I can’t consume too much dairy or processed sugar so that’s where Mayesa really takes podium.

Q: How does Mayesa fits into your training and healthy lifestyle?

April: Well, I’m a female, and, naturally, I need chocolate! I used to buy Mayesa just because it was delicious, but then when I learned how good it was for me and how it was helping me recover during training, it was a no brainer. This was the sweet treat that I needed!

Q: What would you like to say to other athletes about Mayesa?

April: It’s so naturally delicious and good for you that it’s not only refreshing in your mouth, but also in your mind and body.


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