Posts tagged nutrition
InsideTracker: Pre-Indy V. Pre-Trials

In the months following the marathon trials I found myself chasing a track trials standard in the 10k. I had convinced myself that a couple easy weeks down after the trials would allow me to regain control of my spring season. After all I didn't finish the race and I convinced myself that the only reason it went poorly was because of my chest cold. That wasn't the full story but I was at a vulnerable point and wanted to prove to myself and others that I was still the same runner. At first things were good but after a few weeks my body began feeling like it was sliding backwards. I couldn't keep up in workouts, my legs felt dead, and I was putting on weight. After a disappointing race at the end of April I had to make the tough decision to quit chasing my track Olympic trials dream and listen to my body. I had to hit reset and get myself back on track despite what my heart was feeling. I began assessing what I did wrong, what the warning signs were, and ultimately came to the conclusion that I was overtrained. Once such indicator was my InsideTracker results from just 1-month before the trials. In January when I first reviewed these results with an insideTracker consultant and my sports dietician we rationalized my results. Looking back at them now I know I was in a bad place. So I took a three week break, retested with InsideTracker and the differences were evident.

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Scivation Xtend BCAA's: How and why they work

Before this fall season started I took a month off from training. I only ran 3-5 miles every 2 or 3 days when I felt like it. I upped my strength training a bit to focus on improving my glute and hip strength. I wanted to make a full recovery from my period of overtraining so that I could start fresh. During this period, I also volunteered for a study that looked at the effects of BCAA supplementation on body composition, resting metabolism, and satiety for females between the ages of 18-35. Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are essential branched chain amino acids that the human body cannot create on its own and must be ingested. Through this study I was able to take away a few key pieces of information which ultimately put me back on track.

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Nutrition

Last week before Indy I caught up with the guys at Runologie to talk about my nutrition strategy for the day before, the morning before, during, and after (if you missed these videos click here). So how did all of that pan out and what exactly did I end up doing? This is how it all shook out.

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Optimizing Performance

Rewind to about May/June of last year. I had goals of getting back on the track and running fast after a good fall. I had goals of running some competitive races through the summer and ending on a high point at the Sir Walter Miler. But my goals came crashing down as several races went sour as my legs seemingly hit a wall. After mulling over the cause of the tiredness I had been feeling I finally made the decision to invest in InsideTracker. Man, did it pay off.  

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