It’s been a while since since I last wrote , life has been incredibly busy to report on any major events I’ve had in my schedule but here I am.
Following what I felt was a huge fail at the start of the year when I was continually plagued with illness and after months of hard training and long long runs I had to pull out of both The Green Man Ultra Marathon and the Bracknell Half Marathon. This was something new to me, I had my body fat % measured back in March and in came in at 12.9 %, way lower than what it should be in order for my body to function properly (hence the trail of illnesses that followed).
Since then I have really focused on listen to my body and ensuring that I eat enough to fuel my body and keep my immune system in check. Fingers crossed so far I haven’t fallen ill and completed Man Vs Mountain on 5th September with no illnesses and the whole event on 1000ml of fluids (water and ribena), a cookie and 5 jelly babies.
I have never been a great advocate for processed gels during training or a race situation, have you ever tried to read out loud the ingredients inside them ???, neither have I tried protein shakes or extra intake of vitamins because i am a great believer in getting everything you need from your diet.
However, after being approached today by Karen Fowler, a local Arbonne Consultant I will be trialling their range of Phytosport products which claim to ‘help prepare you for action, improve performance and endurance and speed recovery’.
With a new challenge just 3 weeks away I felt this was the perfect time to test these out.
These products initially appeal as I can firstly read every single ingredient on the list and they are both vegan and gluten free certified products – so I feel I really have nothing to lose by giving them a go.
I will be using the complete set of products for before, during and after my workouts over the next few weeks:
Prepare and endure
Be your best from start to finish. Maintaining endurance and energy is essential to supporting peak physical performance. Prepare & Endure delivers vitamins B12, C and E and key amino acids like L-arginine and L-citrulline. Arbonne PhytoSport Blend delivers botanical ingredients, ginseng, turmeric and cayenne
Drink up. Hydration is important before, during and after a workout for performance and recovery. Complete Hydration delivers electrolytes to support hydration. Vitamin C contributes to maintaining the normal function of theimmune system during and after intense physical exercise (when consuming 200 mg in addition to the recommended daily intake of 80 mg vitamin C) along with the Arbonne PhytoSport Blend of 3 botanicals to carry you beyond the finish line.
With my heavy general running schedule with groups and clients I am looking forward to not only seeing improvements in my race capabilities but also my day to day ability to cope with the mileage I cover week to week.
And as they say – you never know till you try ! See you in a few weeks.