So last week I talked about fueling post run and how important it is to replenish those glycogen stores. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can do so HERE. There are a lot of great recipes in there as well, so make sure you pin some for later!
So how are you supposed to continually fuel your body pre, mid and post run? Well I was recently introduced to a new supplement system geared towards endurance athletes. I’m not a big one to take a lot of supplements. Yes, I use protein powders, but I’ll be honest, I don’t usually take a multivitamin. I figure that my food has all of the vitamins and nutrients that I really need. When Enduropacks reached out to me to see if I wanted to try their daily micronutrient system I was a bit apprehensive at first, but then I remembered that two of my running idols Tina (an amazing, down to earth, and relatable elite athlete for Saucony) and Allie (a seriously bad ass mother runner/triathaloner, going to the triathalon Nationals) use this system and rave about it. So since I was about to get knee deep in marathon training I figured what the hell, I’ll give it a shot!
During our workouts we lose a lot of essential vitamins and minerals that effect some of our bodies’s functions that we need to be able to maintain our high performance levels.
Enduropacks is a pre-, during-, and post-workout system to help endurance athletes replace the essential micronutrients the body needs to help maintain immune system health, improve hydration, and promote muscle recovery, in one convenient pack.
When mineral levels are insufficient to meet the demands of the body under emotional, physiological, and psychological stresses such as during physical activity, the result will most likely be a substandard level of performance. For athletes or weekend exercisers, this increases the risk of serious injury and reduces the recovery rate after strenuous work or exercise.
The system is made up of 4 parts: Enduro Multi-vitamin, electrolyte spray, amino acid patches, and glutamine recovery complex.
The Enduro Multi-vitamin is intended to take daily in the morning with a meal (as to not irritate your stomach, which I highly recommend because I made the mistake of taking on an empty stomach one day…not good).
Concentrated Electrolyte Spray
First of all, I should probably apologize for spraying my electrolyte spray in a Nuun bottle….my bad, but it was seriously the only water bottle I have.
The electrolyte spray is a 13 mineral formula specially designed to not only replace electrolytes but to improve muscle contraction, blood flow, and energy production! No sugar, artificial sweeteners or artificial coloring is used. It actually has just a hint of a citrus flavor, but barely even noticeable from my experience.
Put 10 sprays per 16oz of water during your workout!
Amino Acid Patch
BCAA’s or Branch Chain Amino Acids are essential for muscle repair after a tough workout. They are very popular in the weightlifting world, but endurance athletes can benefit from them as well to help speed up recovery after intense workouts.
Apply one patch after your workout to clean, dry skin on your stomach, upper arm, or forearm and leave on for 4-6 hours.
Glutamine Recovery Complex
Glutamine is considered an non-essential amino acid because the body actually has the capability to make it on it’s own. But, during times of stress, such as endurance training, the body can’t keep up with the demand which can in turn decrease performance, immune function and mood!
Supplemental glutamine can help athletes gain muscle mass and decrease body fat.
The system suggests you take 2 tablets or 1,000 mg every night before bedtime to promote muscle recovery before the next workout.
Ok, so let’s get to what all of you want to know….my experience.
The first few weeks I was religious about doing all of it on some days, and some days I would forget.
I had problems with the patches sticking, but then realized that I was putting them on and immediately getting in the shower after and applying before I really stopped sweating. I’ll chalk that up to user error. As soon as I changed that I had no problems with the patches sticking.
After the first week and a half of making this a part of my routine and actually sticking to it religiously, I did feel like I wasn’t getting as sore as I would normally get after a workout and I felt like I didn’t need as long to recover from a run. I didn’t make any other changes to my diet or supplements while I was taking these supplements so I could make sure if I saw results it was from one thing. So I guess I could attribute the quick recoveries to the system! It’s hard to know for sure with something like this however, because there are so many factors that could influence recovery and it’s a very subjective experience though.
So if you are looking for some new supplements to help your recovery, you may want to check this out!Faster recovery time? Yes please! @enduropacks review via @suzy399 Click To Tweet
I was provided a 30 day system in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.