I recently finished the Cowtown 1/2 Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas on Feb. 27th along with my family and friends. Despite having only trained for this for one month, I wanted to drill down to how I was able to achieve this with such little training time and without injury.
I use the Polar RS800CX heart rate monitor along with the Polar Pro Trainer software to track my training. In reviewing my training over the last year, I had really fallen off in June of 09. Since that time, I had really stopped training all together and lost a great deal of aerobic ability as well as put on some weight! By the time I started to train again for the 1/2 Marathon, it was January 10th and the race was looming around the corner! I had shot back up to a weight of almost 220 lbs. and my first run on January 10th told me I was in a lot of trouble!
I knew the key to being able to achieve my goal in such a short time would be to just get the mileage in, however I was very concerned about injury and being able to recover quick enough to get all the training in that I would need.
I was only able to get 3 long runs in during the weeks leading up to the race as well as the shorter mileage during the week. My three long runs were: 6.5 miles, 8.5 miles and then 10.5 miles (the last being the Sunday before the race…a dangerous time to add to your mileage!)
Come race day, I had made it through the month without injury and felt great! So what do I contribute that to? Well, I’d love to say it is superior genetics, but I think my brother got the majority of that, so it really came down to this: proper fueling and recovery!
With the assitance of these products, I was able to recover quickly and effeciently to keep getting the mileage in without injury. I have been taking the MaxGXL for about 5 months now and I sleep great, have the mental focus and have the ability to recover without the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) that show up 2 days after an intense workout.
Hammer Nutrition was introduced about 3 weeks before the race. The education regarding proper fueling before excersize as well as how to refuel the body after an athletics race I recieved from them is priceless! My favorite products from Hammer are the Race Caps Supreme, HEED, Recoverite, Tissue Rejuvinator and the awesome Hammer Bars! Of course a staple of endurance events are gels and the Hammer Gels are my new favorite! I posted an article that Steve Born had written regarding glutathione and recovery that you can read by clicking here!
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