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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fueling & Recovery

Most runners, especially new runners, are very good a two aspects of running; Training and Equipment.  We will spend countless hours researching the right shoes, latest gear and best training plan.  We will track the miles on our shoes, get up at 3 am just to make sure we don't miss our scheduled run and have a near melt down when our Garmin goes dead midway through our run.  But, how much time do we really spend on learning how to properly fuel before, during and after our runs?

Fueling and recovery can be a little more complicated and confusing.  Many articles go through the arduous  task of explaining carb to protein ratios and setting guidelines on calorie intake, hydration, etc.

In my first two marathon's I struggled with cramping towards the end of the race.  Bad cramping!  At times my legs would completely seize up, making it nearly impossible to even walk.  After the second race I started talking to a Rep. from Hammer Sports Nutrition.  He was very knowledgeable and explained things in a way that made it easy for a simpleton, like myself, to understand.  I won't bore you with all of his recommendations but I will encourage you to give them a call.  The thing that impressed me most with this company is their philosophy of less is better.

If you decide to give any of their products a try click their link on my blog for a 15% discount.

Supplementation is an important part of our fuel and recovery and the people at Hammer have it down to a science, literally.  Although, don't be fooled, this is only part of the equation.  What you eat and drink will also factor in to your running success.  Maybe we'll save that for a future article but for now, here's are a couple good article to help you get started.  Runner's Diet & Cave man diet.

Happy Running

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