Máiréad O’Keeffe, the owner of New Leaf is an ultra marathon trail runner. She is having a great season. She ran the Reeks Skyline two weeks ago. The Reeks Skyline is a distance of 30km and includes 3000m of climbing. It includes some of the most challenging technical aspects of mountain racing which makes the Reeks Skyline the hardest mountain race in Ireland. Set in McGillycuddy’s reeks runners take on Carrauntoohil twice. Máiréad was the second woman to finish and first in her category.
Máiréad then ran the Ballyhoura Trail Ultra last weekend and won it. The Ballyhoura Trail covers 60km through the beautiful Ballyhoura mountains. It’s less rugged than the Reeks Skyline but the distance is much further. It’s tough but runnable. Máiréad completed it in 6hr 46mins.
So, what powers Máiréad?
- During the race Mairead used Tailwind Cola Flavour to replenish her calories. Tailwind mixes with water to meet your calorie, hydration, and electrolyte needs, with a mouth feel as close to water as you can get while still meeting your nutrition needs.
- Because of the hot weather Máiréad also used Saltsticks to keep her electrolyte levels up. SaltStick helps athletes maintain performance by replacing a full spectrum of electrolytes lost through sweat, and in a form and quantity the body can absorb.
- With the sun beating down for both races Máiréad used Irish made Parasol mineral sun cream is a great choice for those who are outdoors all day because it’s so long lasting.
- After the race, for recovery Máiréad uses P4 max. P4-Max™ contains a rich blend of powerful antioxidants & polyphenols known as NLT-400® which help the body recover fast.
- On an ongoing basis Máiréad uses Natures Plus Vitamin D with K2.
So what other races is Máiréad planning this season? In three weeks she’s off to France to compete in Mount Blanc.
We’ll all be behind you Máiréad cheering you along! Good luck.