Balance Blend Pro (contains turmeric)
Balance Blend with Cocoa
Balance + Energy Vitamin
Customized Vitamins(base of Balance + Energy)
2 Recovery Blends (custom products):
-Balance Blend Pro with Glutamine, Creatine
-Branch Chain Amino Acid blend with magnesium, potassium and vitamin C
The vitamins and turmeric will be taken daily, while the recovery blends are designed to be taken only after my hard workouts. The balance blends and hemp hearts are to boost my everyday meals. I'm still trying to find ways to incorporate more of these into my meals, so from time to time I'll share the recipes that I incorporate liv9 products, or at least the ones that turn out half decent. If you have ideas please share them with me. With all this, my primary focus is fast recovery, but the end goal is a good performance on race day so I'll also be tracking my weight and my various pains and niggles as I don't want to end up on the injured list. When it comes to running ultras it's better to show up a little under trained than broken.
I'm starting this training block a little above my ideal race weight, sitting at about 172. I plan to keep my diet intake steady as the miles increase and hope to finish the training block around 168(after taper). Keeping weight down during taper is always a challenge, so we'll see how I do this time. My right knee is still bugging me a bit, especially during my warmups, but the pain subsides once I get going. This may just be the way it's going to be as I get older, but the turmeric does help. I also may add an oil blend, like Udo's oil to see if that helps reduce the discomfort further. I'll bring this up with Greg to see if he has any ideas or oil formulas in the works.
The last item I'm going to adjust for this training block is my race fueling. Greg and I are experimenting with some capsules that will hopefully keep the cramps at bay as I've experienced pretty severe leg cramps when racing in the heat. I typically fuel on fruit flavored gels during the early parts of my races and slowly incorporate more and more real food as I get closer to the finish line (e.g. chips, bacon, gummies, sandwiches, etc). This has worked well for me, but I may consider some tweaks to this formula, so I'll gauge based on the results of my test runs.