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Monday, September 1, 2014

Hydration and Fuel - Feel the Difference!!!

Some of you know that my involvement with Infinit Nutrition Canada started first as a customer.  I was training for my 4th Ironman and felt my progression was being limited by my nutrition - that all changed after receiving my first bag of Infinit.  I felt stronger during my long bikes/runs and could not believe the difference in my recovery.  My season took off - I PB'd by 45 minutes in 2005, yes I worked hard but my nutrition fully supported my every step.  After another great season I decided to bring Infinit Nutrition to Canada, so glad I did.

The preamble above is only to let you know that I am involved in sport and I am happy to say after a 4 year hiatus to competing that I am training for the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon.  I am in my last couple of months preparation for my marathon.  My goal is not as lofty as 2005 when I qualified but am hoping to get a dear friend to 3:30 which will qualify him in his age-group.  We still have some work to do, I believe we are fit enough to run a 3:35, we need to find another 5 minutes!

Roy and I run 3 times of week, I am a less is more type of guy when it comes to run volume.  I cycle a lot and figure these 3 quality runs will carry us to our goal, as it has in the past: track workout, tempo run and long run.  In our neck of the woods, Windsor we have had a relatively cool summer, not until recently have we been hit with the 30 plus days with high humidity.  As we have ramped our long runs up you really get to feel the difference solid nutrition and hydration has on your actual run performance, how you feel for the rest of the day and how your recover the following day.  Just over 3 weeks ago I had a 16 mile run and hit one of those days - I ran alone later in the day as I had other obligations earlier in the day - I dropped two bottles, wasn't thinking, this wasn't nearly enough for the 2:22 minute run.  First part was great, but by the time I hit 10 miles I knew I was in trouble.  With the added heat I was losing more fluids than I planned for.  Despite pushing to go faster to maintain pace between 8:30 and 8:45, my last 4 miles were at 9 min/mile or higher and I felt horrible.  It was hard to take in my Repair when I got home as I was feeling a bit nauseous due to dehydration, but I knew this was the only tonic that would help.  Actually good to get a kick in the pants every once in a while.  The next 3 long runs: 12 miles (step back) and 2 - 18's have been great.  Difference - fuelling and hydration levels - for each of these 3 runs I was more diligent in making certain that I was consuming enough.  I took in one and a third servings per hour of my custom blend - I got 800 ml of fluids, all the electrolytes I needed and about 400 calories each hour.  This made a world of different in my pace during each run, all negative split and how I felt.  Right after each long run I was able to enjoy the day fully and I recovered strong, able to cross train the following day.

I will complete a blog post in a week or so on a simple fluid loss test, I have shared this with many when we conduct nutritional consults. This is a valuable tool, to know what you need to take in when you are competing in longer endurance events, the longer you go, the more important it is to know your number!

I hope I am able to report out in mid October that Roy qualified for Boston with a 3:30, even if we don't get that time, I know that we will be running fully fuelled, hydrated and to our full potential.

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada