TGIF! Is anyone racing this weekend? The Austin marathon is Sunday, and a number of people in my RRCA course were preparing for it. The weather is finally cool and dry here, making for perfect conditions for my tempo run last night. I didn’t want to stop running!
How do you prepare to run your best in a race? Before the marathon, I wanted to give myself the best possible chance of success.
There are several easy things you can do to boost your performance for an upcoming event.
1) Sleep- So simple, but so true. Studies have found that quality sleep can improve speed, accuracy and reaction time in athletes.
2) Fuel well- Eat nutrient dense foods to fuel performance with energy- mostly natural foods, quality sources of proteins, complex carbs and as many fruits and vegetables as possible.
3) Hydration- Athletes can lose several liters of water in strenuous exercise. Drink water before, during and after exercise for best performance.
4) Smart Training- Almost any training plan can get you across the finish line, but choose a plan wisely (or use a coach) to tailor training to your specific goals.
5) Rest-This is different from sleep. The body needs easy days and days completely off to repair, rebuild muscles and strengthen itself.
6) Supplements- It’s always best to get what we need naturally from our food, and supplements should be used with caution. However, endurance athletes in particular can have a difficult time meeting all of their dietary needs.
I was recently given the opportunity to try two products from a line of Klean Athlete’s nutritional supplements- a Multivitamin and Endurance product, as well as a water bottle and a few other goodies.
Klean Athlete created supplements designed specifically for athletes who want to reach peak performance through optimal health. The products have been tested and certified through NSF Certified for Sport, a meticulous testing and verification process to ensure they are free of banned substances.
They created seven products, including:
- Klean Multivitamin
- Klean Antioxidant (guards against cellular damage)
- Klean Cognitive (supports brain health)
- Klean Probiotic (digestive health for proper absorption of nutrients)
- Klean Isolate (why protein isolate to build and repair muscles)
- Klean Electrolytes (replenish important minerals after exercise)
- Klean Endurance (described below)
For the last two weeks, I’ve been taking the Multivitamin daily. It’s designed to be taken twice a day, providing vital nutrients in smaller, more powerful doses. It’s a sweet smelling (and tasting) pill, with a unique fruit and vegetable blend.
Klean Endurance is a tasty chew (with an orange-lemon flavor) that is an all natural D-Ribose supplement. According to their materials, it is “clinically proven to help restore and replenish energy while supporting cardiac function and fatigue.”
I did a little more digging on D-Ribose and learned that it is a naturally occurring sugar used by every cell in the body. It’s an essential compound in energy metabolism that serves as a building block for adenosine triphosphate (ATP)—the body’s basic energy source.
How does D-ribose support health?
Supports healthy cellular energy at the level of ATP.
Promotes recovery after sports stresses.
Supports a healthy cardiovascular system.
Contributes to the function of mitochondria.
The bottle says to take one chew, 1-3 times a day. I learned from my twitter Klean contact that you can also take it after a hard or long workout, so that is what I did.
Can all of these benefits be found in whole foods? Yes. Is every athlete getting enough of everything they need from diet alone? Probably not.
Of course, I cannot say from two weeks time what benefit these supplements had or will have on my performance. But I like that the company is based on the expertise of doctors and athletes together, to create a natural supplement to boost healthy living every day.
Check out Alison’s post for more information on banned and safe substances in sports, and Angela’s post for a review of the Klean Isolate. Fitfluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.
How do you prepare for a big race? Do you take any vitamins or other supplements?