Lauren Head

Lauren Head

Athlete Discipline (sport & event):

Trail and ultra running

What do you love about your sport?:

I love exploring the backcountry, the warm community, the flow state of being on trails and pushing yourself to your limits.

What events are you most looking forward to for 2024 and why?:

I’m excited for the Hood Hundred trail race.

What sponsors are supporting you in 2024?:


Why did you decide to be sponsored by Carbs?:

I’m really excited about the product and mission — both to make better fueling easier and more accessible. Carbs will be key to my own fueling journey in the year ahead and I couldn’t be more excited to be working hand-in-hand with them.

Tell us about your first experience consuming a Carbs Fuel product:

I took my first Carbs Fuel gel while ski touring up to Camp Muir at 10,000 ft on Mt. Rainier. It went down smooth in the cold and kept me stoked for the adventure ahead!

Why should others give Carbs Fuel a try?:

It’s easy to chronically under fuel with other carbs-based products, but Carbs Fuel flips that on its head. With Carbs, all you need is one gel an hour on top of your liquid hydration or real food (or two gels if you just want water), and you’re guaranteed to meet your nutrition intake goals. While that’s convenient for a three hour long run, it’s essential for a 30 hour race when the frequency of fueling often goes down the drain.

What's the craziest thing you've consumed as fuel during sport that's non-traditional?:

I’m a glutton for pickle juice and quesadilla-mashed potatoes (i.e, mashed potatoes sandwiched by two quesadillas).

What are your 3 favorite sources of carbs? (Other than Carbs Fuel products). Doesn't have to be sport nutrition related:

Pancakes. Pho. Salt and vinegar potato chips.

What would your hobby be if you didn't have your sport and why?:

I’d be a climber. While I prefer the flow state of cardio, the stillness and awe of being tucked along a mountain side, along with the community, are all huge draws and keep me grounded in what’s important.

What's your worst B.C era (Before Carbs Fuel) bonk story?:

I didn’t see my crew at UTMB from mile 20 to 80 because the shuttles got stuck in traffic and missed a critical aid station. I did my best with aid station nutrition but was underfueled and understoked. I got back on my nutrition plan from mile 78 to 88 before puke and rallying, then had to finish the race on coca cola and mashed potatoes.