Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Proper fueling will keep your motor going....
(picture...Whole Running girls...out on the trails!)
This has always been a struggle with me, to figure out the right formula to keep my motor going during competitions. It is a mixture of pace, mental strength, proper taper, proper rest, but the most obvious in all of these is fueling.
The first ultra I did, it was ridiculous on the many crates filled with snacks, drinks, gels, etc. I had no idea what my body would crave, really what was going to work and not work. It was all a mystery to me. I am a true experimenter and have tried many different products. I can't say that I have mastered this, but I do know what doesn't work as well as what does...and that is a big breakthrough.
The pictures you are seeing in this write up are Endurox, Accelerade drink and gels. These have been a very popular fueling source with not only me but my local running club Ultramatters.
Here is a description of each with a little added info from me:
Accelerade: the only sport drink that contains carbohydrates and protein in a patented 4:1 ratio, provides rapid re hydration and helps athletes perform better and recover faster.
- extends endurance 29%
- reduces muscle damage by 83%
- improves endurance up to 40% in a subsequent workout
the 4:1 Advantage: It is the unique ratio of 4 parts carbs to 1 part protein which fuels superior endurance, performance, hydration and recover.
My favorite: The lemonade and fruit punch. It sits well in my stomach, has a wonderful taste to it, even after mile after mile after mile....
Accel Gel: - extends endurance 13% more than regular sports gel
rapid energy, speed muscle recover.
....I love the chocolate 20% caffeine gels...but I also love the orange, lime, vanilla....not too sweet and sticks with me! And I am not your typical gel loving person...but these are AWESOME! I even have to hide them from my kids!
and finally Endurox R4:
This is typically for exercise lasting more than one hour:
Endurox contains the patented 4:1 carb to protein ratio to speed muscle glycogen replenishment and rebuild muscle protein after exercise, antioxidants to reduce post-exercise muscle damage and glutamine to help reduce muscle stress.
Although this is used for some as an after drink, I use it during my endurance runs to keep me sustained. I know this has worked for me as well as my training partners which we frequently discuss.
Fueling is something to be proactive when running endurance races - start from the beginning and be regiment throughout your race.
If you would like to read up on more info, check out their website: http://www.pacifichealthlabs.com/
I know for me, this is what has worked....and if you are still wondering what works for you, I would suggest giving Pacific Health Labs a try. The yummy flavors alone will get you hooked...and the sustained energy will keep you!
OK...going out for my run.....