Bryan Morton is an elite marathoner and member of the Rogue Running and Skechers Performance Teams. Recently Bryan finished 2nd place overall, in a time of 1:07:16 (5:07/mile), setting a new PR, at the 3M Half Marathon in Austin, TX.
When it comes to nutrition, Bryan was never one to take in vitamins, supplements or anything of that nature. He said, "...Not because I was against it in any way. I simply didn’t know what to take and was getting by just fine with what I’d been doing thus far." But as he bumped up his weekly mileage to 100 miles over the past 8 months, in preparation for qualifying for the Olympic Trials, he noticed his body taking longer to recover from workouts/races. "That heavy feeling in my legs lingers for a tad longer than it did when I was averaging 20-25% less miles the year prior." To keep up with his bodies needs to replenish the vitamins and minerals lost during training he sought help from fellow athletes, coaches and doctors for recommendations.
This past November Bryan was introduced to EnduroPacks by one of his Skechers teammates and Team Rogue training partners, professional triathlete Gray Skinner. "I started adding in EnduroPacks to my daily routine back in November. In that short period of time I’ve already become a huge believer...Since starting this regimen my legs have recovered far quicker from key races and workouts. This has enabled less time recovering between workouts and legs that are far poppier within those workouts." Bryan found that supplementing his daily nutrition with EnduroPacks was easy and beneficial to his training regimen.
Be sure to follow Bryan on his journey as he trains for the Boston Marathon and a qualifying spot at the US Olympic Trials. You can read more of Bryan's experience with EnduroPacks on his blog or follow him on Instagram.
Kris Lawrence is an elite marathoner with a goal of qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. On her blog, http://kris-lawrence.com, she writes, "...I’ve made a promise to myself to give it my all, accept the good and hard times, appreciate all those who support me, and enjoy every moment along the way..." Her positive attitude, perseverance and dedication to her training have helped her cut her marathon time from 3:16:24 to 2:47:09 in just a few short years.
If you run/train long enough you've probably had your fair share of "niggles" (pains) or injuries. It's a part of training, an unfortunate byproduct of the sport that we love (and hate) so much. Unfortunately, Kristin suffered a slight tibia (shinbone) fracture, which set her training back 9 weeks. If you've ever had a fracture you know how painful, and annoying, this injury can be.
When it comes to marathon training Kristin says, "Marathon training is like putting together a 1000 piece puzzle. You know what you want the end result to look like but when you dump the pieces out of the box, it’s entirely overwhelming. You keep working anyway and every once in awhile you look and realize you have a part of that picture made and it starts to make sense..."
Having a plan and listening to your body are two key components when it comes to training. Kristin is healthy again and back on her training program for the Boston Marathon. Kristin's training program consists of stretching, core work, strength training, tempo runs, easy mileage building runs and recovery.
Running fast workouts and putting in hard efforts is a key part of the training process. However, one of the most often neglected aspects of training, especially since runners are almost always obsessed with pushing harder each day, is the recovery process.
What sets elites apart from amateurs is the amount of time and effort invested in recovering properly. As an elite runner, Kristin knows that hydrating properly, before and after her runs, is a key component to her recovery.
You lose a lot of fluid during exercise and ideally, you should be replacing it during exercise, but filling up after exercise is an easy way to boost your recovery. Water supports every metabolic function and nutrient transfer in the body and having plenty of water will improve every bodily function. Consuming an electrolyte substance post-workout is even more important for endurance athletes who lose large amounts of water during hours of sweating.
After depleting your energy stores with exercise, you need to refuel if you expect your body to recover, repair tissues, get stronger and be ready for the next challenge. This is even more important if you are performing endurance exercises day after day or trying to build muscle. Ideally, you should try to eat within 30-60 minutes of the end of your workout and make sure you include some high-quality protein and complex carbohydrates. A diet of essential proteins and amino acids can help repair muscle tissue and help avoid injury and reduce muscle soreness. There are 8 essential amino acids that are not produced naturally in the body, but need to be replaced by foods or through daily supplements. Here is an article by active.com on nutrition recovery for endurance athletes http://bit.ly/1lSeOtm .
Kristin, and other elites will tell you the most important thing you can do to recover quickly is to listen to your body. If you are feeling tired, sore or notice decreased performance you may need more recovery time or a break from training altogether. If you are feeling strong the day after a hard workout, you don't have to force yourself to go slow.
If you pay attention, in most cases, your body will let you know what it needs when it needs it.
Looking for some motivation for your next big race? What better way to get inspired than with the story of marathon legend Joan Benoit Samuelson. Winner of the 1984 Summer Olympic Women's Marathon, Joan's story of professional running success will have you determined on going above and beyond your goals.
EnduroPacks' ambassador Sara Randolph decided that one marathon wasn’t enough for her so she signed up to do 2 marathons in 2 days!
This past Saturday Sara ran the Wisconsin Marathon on Saturday and on Sunday she ran the Kalamazoo Marathon as part of the “Earn Your Mittens” challenge. Her intention was to run the Wisconsin marathon to be competitive, but she ended up finishing in a time of 3:17 which was the 2nd place overall female! An amazing result! Then on the following day, Sara finished with a time of 3:30, the 8th overall female. Read more...Read More