2598558737_2a67cc7b98_o Want power? I have a little secret I'll let you in on. Shh, don't tell anyone. Eat, drink and be merry- with tart cherries. Seriously.

www.choosecherries.com states this: Cherries contain anthocyanins 1 and 2 that researchers believe can have a significant impact on relieving muscle and joint soreness more quickly. And that my friends, equals, POWER. We all want to run faster, right? Start incorporating tart cherry juice and dried cherries in to your training.

Another secret of POWER is what we all "do". Train. But training isn't all about swimming laps, track work or hill repeats. It's about eating right. And more importantly timing of the eating. You can down a leafy green "shot", eat pasta like it's going out of style, or chug milk till the cows come home. Well, maybe not. But you get the idea:)

I recently spoke with Leslie Bonci (M.P.H, R.D. LDN, CSSD). As a sports dietitian she told me that she sees the wrong kind of training taking place. Hydrating right before a run as opposed to through out the day. She also mentioned that not eating at the right times in the day is a set up for fatigue, lack of energy and poor performance. It's important to remember to fuel your body for success. Through out the day.

I don't know your training schedule, but for me I usually run/train in the morning. I need fuel to not only get my eyes open but to also keep my legs awake (or at least attempt to). Starting your day off with a healthy blend of carbs AND protein is key. I like organic Steel Cut Oats with a tad of made from scratch Almond Mylk, organic nuts and top it off with organic dried cherries (no sugar added), and Hemp Hearts

Here are some of my tips that you might want to incorporate in your daily routine:

#1) Tart Cherry Juice in your training. It will help aid with your recovery after working out!

#2) Read labels. You'll be surprised what products have sugar in them. Remember sugar (the white or brown sugar, HFCS, etc, not natural sugar) is not your friend!

#3) Drink filtered water primarily. Your body doesn't need soda or sugary drinks.

#4) Breathe. Personally, this is one of the hardest things I have to do. Seriously. I have to remind myself to breathe. So join me in breathing:)

You see, what you put in your body is what you'll get out of your body. That's my simple POWER philosophy. To be powerful, you have to eat and live powerfully.

Sarah Stanley is a sponsored athlete by the Cherry Marketing Institute & includes Tart Cherry juice as part of her training routine. She will be running the National Marathon in Washington, DC on March 20, 2010 & the Boston Marathon in Boston, MA on April 19, 2010 on behalf of Cherry Marketing Institute.