First of all, I maintain a daily regimen of high-quality supplements. My brand of choice is Isotonix, distributed by a great company called Shop.com (I'd be happy to tell you a little more if you're interested). The powdered supplements get mixed with water and are highly absorbable. I take the Multivitamin + Iron, Calcium Plus, Vitamin D, Activated B Complex, and OPC-3 (an antioxidant blend) daily. I find that I am more energized and just feel better when I take good supplements.
|Some of my Isotonix supplements|
|Packets of my sports drink, Sustain Sport by Melaleuca|
|My belt from iFitness carries my sports drink, Gu and phone, and has toggles to attach my race bib|
|Gu rations for a Half Marathon|
When I started back running, I was pleased to find that Gu now had its own version of energy gummies: Gu Chomps. So, now I alternate between traditional Gu and Gu Chomps. It's nice to have a variety of flavors and textures. I usually only take fuel with me when I'm running 10 miles or more, and I consume one serving (one Gu packet, or one half pack of Gu Chomps) every 45-50 minutes. If my energy is low, I may take more. I pack all of these goodies in my hydration belt, which I've equipped with an extra pouch. I take more than I think I will need, because you just never know. Sometimes you need an extra boost, or sometimes you need to give a Gu away to a fellow runner in need.
|Gu rations for a Full Marathon|
So, Isotonix prepares me for a race, Sustain Sport and Gu get me through it. What about when I'm finished? Most races give out a bottle of sports drink at the finish, some even give out chocolate milk, and there are usually bananas and bagels to be had. But once again, I like to come prepared with my own post-race recovery drink. I've been drinking Endurox R4 for almost a year; it's a balanced formula of carbs and protein. My flavor of choice is Fruit Punch. I can't say that it takes away all my aches and pains, but I do think it helps with muscle recovery, and definitely fluid replenishment. I mix up a bottle at home and then take it with me to a race. If the weather is warm, I'll freeze the bottle the night before. If I'm traveling, I pack single servings of Endurox R4 in zipper bags and mix with a bottle of water in my hotel room, then stash it in the ice bucket overnight. Then I put the bottle in my bag-check bag so it's there for me at the finish. It's nice to know I have something dependable to drink when I'm done with a race.
|Endurox R4 canister and as packaged for travel|