I’ve noticed, at my wife’s pointing out, that I tend to go in a cycle with racing. I will find a race, I’ll obsess about it and think of all the training I can do for it, I’ll beg Marnie to let me race it, she’ll grudgingly say yes, then I’ll half train for it until the last few weeks before the race and I’ll bust my butt to put in some miles so the race doesn’t suck as bad as not doing anything at all. Just about the time I start putting miles in I find another race and I start the cycle over again.
This late-summer/fall I am working on a couple new things. Being tired of beating myself up on races that I am not prepared for I spoke to my friend, Jason Restuccia, who has qualified and run the Boston Marathon twice. I approached Jason for help because I have not been great at following training plans once they start taking longer than an hour or two for runs. Jason agreed to coach me for a race that he told me about when we initially met two years ago, the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon. Jason knows my typical family/work schedule and has been great at scheduling training around those. He also knows how to goad me into meeting him at the local YMCA for a workout at night, which has been good because sometimes getting out in the morning after I’ve been up for a couple hours with Genevieve.
Unexpectedly, an opportunity to be an ambassador for Enduropacks arose, thanks to my friend Nicole. She brought to my attention that they would be starting an ambassador program and suggested that I put in an application. I heard back from them less than a week later and setup a phone interview. About two weeks letter I got the official invitation to join their ambassador team. This was part two of awesome news! Another arrow in my quiver to keep me on my path to a fast marathon time without quitting halfway through the training.
So, in a time that has people usually putting on a few pounds and taking the training off in lieu of a much easier work load I’ve been working on balancing family, training and work. It started off well and the first month and a half saw me earn two PRs on back to back Saturday’s at the half marathon distance, one of them including an age group win. Since then it’s gotten a bit rocky. Genevieve has been having a habit of waking up around 630 when I would normally be getting out for a run and my nights have been getting more packed with longer work hours and homework that has been piling up for my two classes.
Enough with the excuses, though. Tomorrow morning will start with an FTP test session with The Sufferfest and TrainerRoad followed by a long run at the YMCA. Time to start getting used to long miles on the dreadmill for the many weekends leading up to the Icebreaker Indoor marathon weekend.
Thanks again to Marnie for letting me get out at night for runs and workouts at night, to Jason for coaching me and goading me into getting good workouts at night, and a huge thanks to EnduroPacks for the great opportunity to be a part of their ambassador team. Here’s to a great “off season” from here on out!!
A little over a month ago I happily announced that I was chosen to be an ambassador for EnduroPacks. I’m writing this as a 30-day review and will be incorporating two race reports into it.
Firstly, what is EnduroPacks?
EnduroPacks, as I’ve discovered through use, is not a supplement to fuel you through longer workouts. They are more of a recovery based line of supplements. The products they provide are EnduroMulti, Concentrated Electrolyte Spray, Essential Amino Acid Recovery Patch and Glutamine Recovery Complex.
everywhere else under the sun? Basically they’re all just Kool-Aid marketed with a different label. And personally, I think you shouldn’t be able to purchase sports nutrition at a gas station. I’ve always preferred to bring just a bottle of water or two while I ride without all the sugar, my stomach and taste buds don’t like all the sweet anyway. This is the fix. Squirt 5 pumps into your normal water bottle and go ride. All the electrolytes you’re losing while working out will quickly and easily be replaced without you even noticing. Only while I’ve used it after a run workout have I been able to notice the slight change in flavoring that is not unpleasant. It adds a slightly salty taste that reminds me of a hint of lemon.
grow and repair body tissue. So why would you not want to have more to facilitate faster and more efficient recovery!? Especially when the little patch, once on the skin, is hardly noticable. I’ll admit, at first I was fairly skeptical of this. So I tried it for a week which included a hard speed workout and a fast long run. Being used to feeling pretty drained the next day and ending up taking the day off after each workout that’s exactly how I expected to feel. When I woke up the next day I was ready to do the speed work again, only harder this time. Now, after a few weeks of doing any workout and using this patch afterwards I continue to feel great day after day. The only catch with this is that you look like you’re wearing a nicotine patch. This is something that a couple of the ambassadors from EnduroPacks have addressed, but all in all it isn’t really a detractor. I find that where I place it isn’t inconspicuous and therefore haven’t been asked if I was quitting smoking.
Glutamine Recovery Complex:
Along with the Amino Acid patch, these glutamine pills are another great recovery tool. Glutamine is
a naturally occuring amino acid in the human body and under normal conditions the body is able to generate enough to recover the body from the day’s activities. When you are working out and training for anything the body is put under more stress and takes longer to recover (obviously). The Glutamine Recovery Complex is another tool to pick up the slack that your body cannot produce. I can wholeheartedly tell you that with the Glutamine Recovery Complex my joints have felt better than they have ever felt while training for an event.
|After getting my first PR|