Saturday, September 23, 2017

Inside Tracker part 2

In June I had my blood tested by Insidetracker  Best choice ever. I had high levels of cortisol, liver enzymes were high along with my inflammation group.
I had a lot of work to doI started by following their dietary recommendations of increasing spinach, wheat germ, nuts, peanut butter, wheat germ, whey protein, cocoa, and avocado.

I slowly integrated these into my weekly routine by following InsideTrackers recipes and food basket tailored to my needs. Easy to do and it took about 2 weeks, but I started to feel a bit more energy come into my day. In order to reduce my cortisol level it was recommended that I do meditation or yoga daily along with reducing some hard interval workouts.
I added reading nightly for 15 minutes and I reduced screen time as well. I stopped taking Tylenol PM
I added whey protein weekly with CocoaElite powder and started to feel stronger overall in my workouts.This has paid off in my health.

I retested in late August and all three of my high areas are now optimized, except for liver enzymes.
This, was influenced by working out the morning of my blood draw and that was why it was so high!! Lesson learned!!!!  I still need to work on my inflammation group but definitely will over this fall. 
So happy for Inside Tracker incorporating their suggestions I have never slept better. I have PRed in the 20k distance, and have had the best speed workouts to date thus far. Brilliant 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2 weeks 2 PRs

It started with the NH 10 mile , 2 weeks ago
Man it was hillyThis was a race to get good leg turnover and a mrbtal race game plan .

Good start, although out too fast.
The hills started at mile 3, whew!!
I threw up , totally nauseous, effort, heat, and lack of breakfast.
I got it back together and truged on. Pace back on track for the last 3 miles. Managed a PR from 3 ago. Cool.
Learned to eat more breakfast to not gun the gate and to have nutrition on me!20miles total

Race 2 days ago the New Haven 20k. Great overall race. Got to meet McKirdy Teammates and had a prerace stretch and prep talk.

I stayed to the plan, race MP for miles 4-8, then pick up the last 2 miles.

I felt the tiredness in my legs from last weekends race and 90 miles this week, but that was ok as I knew this was a race for marathon confidence only

Got bogged in people at the start so my first mile too slow. Then back on track to mile 5,

Got real hot too hot for racing for me

Made it to mile 10, picked it up
Made my PR and confirmed my marathon Akron coming up confident goal.
I felt I was riding the pace- not pushing )))

20 miles total for the day. 
Big thanks to my coach Michael Crouch

Shoes- Skechers GORUN 5
CocoaElite post race
Swiftwick socks
Spandits post race
Amrita. Bar breakfast 
Honey Stinger- gel

Monday, July 31, 2017

Amrita Ambassador

For the past 3 years I have been with the Amrita family as an athlete ambassador. I have loved this journey for many reasons!
I am a health conscious vegetarian athlete and Amrita bars are healthy, protein filled and vegetarian to fit my needs. They are perfect for pre and post race fuel. I eat one half before a race and then a full bar 2 hours later. The bars are great for my stomach- no issues ever and the protein in the bars keeps me full.I love Amrita in that I have met other talented ambassadors and have been able to share race highs and lows along with training runs with them. Right now you can use the code ' amritatrial ' at checkout for buy one get one variety packs!

I have shared my love of Amrita with my running friends and family. Many have become avid fans. 
My passion for top athlete fuel keeps me eating Amrita bars weekly! Thank you Amrita for the nourishment and support through my races! 
'amritatrial'  at checkout for the cool little variety packs 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Grand Island Trail

I've been making some nutrition changes over the past month and I saw a good change in race effort this weekend 

Very difficult Trail Marathon 
The day was quite humid and hot with mosquitoes all over the island !
The first 13.1 was composed of muddy trail, hills and beach The second was more of a dense inland trail- muddy with hills trees and roots.

I felt I went out a bit too hard and payed for it with my finish time overall
Effort high the entire race but I was able to maintain my pace- average and speed up on the downhills
I was the second women overall and 13th 

What I used and worked beautifully :

Skechers GORUN 5
Swiftwick 12' in pink
Nathan Vaper Howe Hydration Vest
FeedYourCrazy Trucker
NUUN in water for hydration 
One half packet of CocoaElite Cocoa Bannana
Endurance drink
Honey Stinger gel (2)
Honey Stinger gummies 1 pack
RunGum 2 pieces mile 22
Amrita bar- pre race one half 

I thank all of my sponsors for the support so great !!!!

Message me for additional discounts as well always and questions 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

InsideTracker thankful For

I finally gave in and took insidetracker plunge into comprehensive Blood work. It has only taken me over a year. So glad I did. This year my racing has been very good: 2 marathon wins, a PR in the half marathon and 5k. But. My times were not as I felt they definitely could be.
I was always tired. 2 little naps a day. My training I could slam, but after I was exhausted much of the time. Races went well. But again my levels of tiredness impeded my ability to reach my race time goals.Time to find out.

As a vegetarian almost vegan my food that I consume is on the slim side, too little for 80 mile weeks of training..  I thought this was part of the issue along with my slim build and light weight.
insidetracker was a breeze. Filled out the initial questions on foods, amount of time training, and concerns online. Then I received a slip I took to the Quest Diagnostics. It took 10 minutes. My blood work was then sent to the  insidetracker  office.
In only 3 days my results arrived in an email.

Complete and so comprehensive.
I had areas of high concern:
Liver enzymes 
The second 2 were not surprising. I am stressed daily with my jobs- 12 hour days. High Performance.
The first high liver enzymes really concerned me. After talking with Johnathan Levit from insidetracker  we came to the conclusion that it was so high because of my habit weekly of taking Tylenol PM. A habit for way too long. This was contributing to my high GGT market.
I immediately stopped as my levels were in the critical area. Big lesson learned.
Another feature I love is that I get daily reminder emails. This prompts me to check in with if I implemented the nutritional changes such as eating walnuts, spinach, and almond butter I did or did not do.
I have started incorporating the foods that were recommended for each area:
Wheat germ
Dark chocolate 
Almond butter 
Whey protein
Flax seeds
I have used protein powder daily this entire year, but decided that with my test results to add more.
I now make a protein smoothie daily with CocoaElite protein powder, almond milk, almond butter, and banana. I also have increased my cocoa intake based on the recommendations from Insidetracker. I add a scoop of CocoaElite Cocoa powder to my nightly hot chocolate. I also bake a lot and use the rich cocoa powder in raw cookie and raw energy bite recipes. I feel I have more energy and my muscles are recovering faster since the increase in protein powder daily.
Each food that is recommended also has a tab with recipes with that particular food. Too cool.
I am relived it was not worse. I am so glad to be working on this now. I am anticipating in 2 months my blood work again to see what improvements have been made.
This will definitely help my racing performance- especially the no more Tylenol PM , increase overall in  food, and focus on more relaxation and meditation to help to lower my Cortisol levels. I have been sleeping better without the Tylenol actually!!!
Thrilled with insidetracker
Reach out to me for any specifics or questions as this is a big step towards health!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Cranmore Mt.Championships

I raced Cranmore Mountain Championships 2 weeks ago in Conway NH. 
Any race that has the word mountain and championship together is going to be tough!......
I was ready and trained although still plagued by tiredness issues that have bothered me this entire year.
The race was up , over, steep up up then over , then steeper up forever, up , down,over and down
Muddy as well
I made it 
I pushed the first 5 k a bit too aggressively and paid for it on the second loop.
All in all very solid performance-top 20 
This is what I used:

Skechers Performance Trail Shoes
Swiftwick 12' socks
Skechers Performance kit
LaceLockers HoneyStinger chews

Amrita bar pre race
CocoaElite shake post race