Assembling "Team Nichole"!

Something has changed.

Despite the fact that I am incredibly pregnant (read: huge), I've been more motivated than any other time during my pregnancy - heck, even before I became pregnant! Perhaps it's the fact that I can see "the end", so the running goals I have actually seem tangible. Those goals? They're huge. Impossible, even?

Last week I logged 20 miles in 5 days, the most I've been able to do in a while. I even did a 5 mile run with my husband and brother where I was able to run a complete the last mile without walk breaks. I was so ELATED after this run!!! *I. love. running.*

In addition to my sudden/unexpected running motivation, I've stared assembling the 2016 "Team Nichole" which has fueled my excitement for training post-baby even more!

First, I am so excited to announce that Generation UCAN has decided to renew me for the next year!!!!
I am in LOVE with their products, so I am ecstatic to have them on board! If you followed me last year, you know that UCAN helped tremendously with the dizziness/concentration issues I've struggled with at the end of the marathon AND also helped me to become a better fat-burner and lean-down (for the first time in my life) for race day.
Before Generation UCAN 7-14-13
After fueling exclusively with UCAN for 6 weeks (8-31-13)
Curious for more UCAN information? Read my full review here.

Second, a familiar face has resurfaced: boom! nutrition

I used their products exclusively for years, after trying every other gel product out there. I love the consistency - not too thick (like Gu) or too thin (like PowerBar's gel). The flavoring is all natural as well: raspberry puree is the "flavoring agent" in their raspberry gel, for example.

The company restructured (previously known as carbBOOM!), and started re-distributing their products a couple months ago. Luckily for me, they contacted me to restart a sponsorship contract! Not only that, but they've offered to extend a smaller sponsorship to the entire TNC team! How awesome is that?!?

I cannot wait to start the next chapters in life: motherhood and professional running, and am SO lucky to have the sponsors I do to help make both possible! I am so lucky!! Let's get after this!!

Go #teamnichole!

2012 "Team Nichole"

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!


  1. I recently started following your blog (fellow MN runner/marathoner!) and I love how you are so honest and genuine in sharing things about your training, life, goals, etc. I've been VERY interested in trying Gen UCan for a while now, and reading this post (and your prior review) makes me want to bite the bullet and give a try! I seem to have the same difficulty of shedding body fat as you do. One question -- do you use UCan before and after every run/workout? Or do you only use it for long or hard efforts? Thanks so much!

    1. Lindsey - you should contact me directly at nichole (dot) porath @ gmail. I'm happy to share how UCAN has worked for me -- and I also have a specific coupon code (YAY to saving money). Have we met at a race?!? If not, hope to see you around the MN racing circuit soon (post-baby!)!

  2. I am starting to get very excited about training post-baby as well. I've already started making plans with friends on days/times we could meet up for runs and thinking about training a lot more. (Although it is going to be the dead of winter, which is not going to be fun though.) I just hope the transition will go okay and fall into place nicely.