Over the years I have tried a lot of different nutritional supplements to see if they worked for me. For example I used to get painful muscle cramps in my legs during my sleep. It was suggested that I increase my daily intake of Magnesium and that took care of the issue right away.
I would take protein powders mainly in the Whey and Casein form for recovery and rebuilding muscle after hard workouts and races. I felt it was helpful, especially the Casein protein powder I would take before sleep. This form of protein power digests slower than Whey protein so it is bio-available during the sleep cycle when the majority of muscle rebuilding occurs. But I didn't like the extra calories, the slight stomach upset of drinking it so late in the evening or the concern that protein powders can tax the kidneys/liver.
Then I heard about a product called PerfectAmino which is a special formulation of the 8 essential Amino Acids that has an eye-popping 99% Amino Acid Utilization (most protein powders and supplements only average 16% body utilization and most dietary food proteins average 32%) I've been using this supplement for over 8 months now and have been recommending it to my running group and other endurance athletes.
As mentioned I have tried a lot of different supplements but usually can't tell much if any difference in performance or recovery. But with PerfectAmino my recovery after big workout/race days has improved considerably and a hamstring issue that plagued me all last year cleared up in the first month of use. I've been doing a lot of high mileage in the spring of 2017 leading up to a 50 mile and a 63 mile ultra race. Peak mileage weeks were in the 90 to 100 mile range and I ran a 37 mile Saturday run and followed it up with a brisk 16 miler up/down Blackstar Canyon the next day without soreness.
I also find an increase in energy levels by taking PerfectAmino before my workouts. Generally I take 5 to 8 tablets in the morning and then another dose after moderate or heavy exercise. It is also avail in powder form for those who don't like taking pills.. PerfectAminoXP - Drink Powder. I've stopped taking Protein Powders and rely solely on PerfectAmino to supplement my dietary protein intake.
If you are looking for better recovery I highly recommend you try out PerfectAmino.
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The first half of 2017 is about over and RYP has been having a great year of consistent training and racing both near and far.
From local So Cal races like the Catalina 50K, So Cal Half, Surf City, Spirit Run, Tustin Hanger Half, Ragnar, Carlsbad 5000, Whoos in El Moro and OC Marathon to more distance races like the Boston Marathon, Phoenix Marathon, Mt Charleston Marathon, American River 50, Miwok 100K, Yosemite Half, Beach to Bay Relay and Comrades Ultra.
Road, trail, short, medium, long and ultra we set big goals and chase after them with purpose.
Looking forward to the second half of the year with more big goals on the horizon!
the dog days of summer are usually a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.. not with this dedicated group of athletes! #runyourpotential #newportcoasttriathlonteam #groupworkoutsynergy
Strong group run this am.. most are training for the Boston Marathon or Ojai Mountains2Beach Marathon so ran the Quail Hill rolling hill route with an optional climb up Bommer Canyon into El Morro.
Best of racing to all the SoCal Ragnar Relays runners, IM Oceanside 70.3 triathletes, Paris Marathon and Carlsbad 5000 runners this weekend!! #runyourpotential #NCTT
Coming up on 3 months of training for 2016 and all systems are GO! Can't wait to see how everyone performs with all the big races coming up. RYP Strong! #NCTT #runyourpotential
Great start of 2016 for Run Your Potential racers at the SoCal races today. Aya won the 18 mile race with a 6:40 average pace!! Marzena ran a one minute all time PR in the Half, 3 minutes,29 seconds faster than last year and 4th place woman!! Amy ran a big PR.. 3 minutes,11 seconds faster than last year!! And Karol ran a big PR.. 4:12 faster than Ojai!
Lots of hard work/great training paying off big time. Next up Surf City!
Special guests, Brenda Flores (double gold medalist and silver medalist for Mexico at the 2014 Central American Games and 2015 Pan American Games) and Manuel Lemus joined us for the group run on Saturday.
Manuel went on to win the Disney Avengers Half Marathon today!!
We are looking forward to cheering Brenda on when she competes in the 10K at the 2016 Rio Olympics! Two extremely talented, hard working runners who are very humble and willing to answer lots of questions from the group.
Excellent training and racing at Run Your Potential for the fall season. 55 PR's so far this year which proves that consistency, focus, 'sweet spot' training and group support leads to improvement and success. Of course not all training cycles and races lead to PR's but extremely proud of the resiliency and determination in this group. :)
A big shout out to Marzena for some great races this year! 2 solid Marathon PR's.. 3:14 at Ojai and 3:10 at St. George. We have fine-tuned the ideal combination of mileage, intensity and race strategy that works for her and look forward to continued progress in 2016!
Tom ran his prior marathon PR in 1995 and has been trying to BQ ever since. Within one year with RYP he has run 2 goal marathons, missing a Boston Qualifying time by 4 seconds in May but then achieving a 4 min faster time 4 months later! With his 3:20 race he will definitely be going to Boston in 2017! Really great to see him reach his long sought goal!
It was a super hot day at the Long Beach Marathon but Lexy maintained her cool and completed her first marathon in strong form and 176th place. Her great attitude and hard work is really paying off. And she is gearing up for more PR's in 2016.
Dayna had a big PR in Chicago! The race unfolded even better than planned and she is getting real close to her BQ time! Excellent execution on race day!
Dawn overcame some injury issues during training to run a big PR at the SLO Half! So great to see her get into her groove.
Matt's huge triathlon training/racing are translating into quicker/stronger performances. He won first AG and 20th OA at the Bonelli Olympic Distance Tri with a PR time! He's being really smart about his training and see big break throughs at the longer distances next year.
DeLisa ran a big 16 min PR at the LA RnR Half! And it was a hilly course! Such a hard worker so it will be great to see what this fairly new runner can do next year!
and Carol managed a 3min PR at the Revel City Half after a tough year dealing with foot injury! Gratifying to see all the cross training pay off and that she is on track for getting her BQ next year.
Many more races coming up!
Make sure you find the enjoyment in the process and the results will follow. :)
Run Your Potential is a performance goal oriented training group based in Southern California led by nationally ranked master runner John Loftus