Cumulative fatigue that Hanson’s talks about in their book is no joke. I didn’t talk much about running yesterday so lets jump right in with that shall we?
Tuesday is my workout day. I looked at my schedule the night before and saw I was supposed to do 5 x 1000 meters with 400 meter recovery. My goal pace for each of the repeats was 4:18. I knew it was doable, but going into workouts always intimidates me.
The first repeat I did too slow. I don’t really know why, I didn’t feel tired, but I hadn’t figured out what it would take to run a 4:18 yet. After the first one I really settled into the pace.
Repeat 1 – 4:23
Repeat 2 – 4:17
Repeat 3 – 4:19
Repeat 4 – 4:18
Repeat 5 – 4:17
It took me a bit but I finally got the hang of it after the first one. I also got out to the track area earlier than normal which helped me beat the extreme sun and the humidity has been WAY down. It is such a nice break.
Wednesday morning I got up to go and do an easy 7. I went out again without an exact route planned, but my legs took a long time to get into it. I guess this is what cumulative fatigue is all about.
I ended up averaging a 9:09 pace. I probably should have slowed it down a bit but a couple of the miles were mostly downhill and it was a hard to slow my body down. I know, I’m working on it.
This girl waits for me by the door every morning to come back from my run.
I am really interested to see how my legs respond today during my tempo run. Fingers crossed they get a little bit of “kick” back in them!
One thing I have been really focused on since starting marathon training is proper recovery. As you know from Friday’s post, I have been using a post-workout protein shake most days. However, I recently was given the opportunity to try out Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator as a Sweat Pink Ambassador.
Vega has a Fuel Your Better campaign going on to help athletes fuel their bodies to their best!
I’ve tried out Vega products before. Some I have really enjoyed and others I just couldn’t handle because the taste was too “off.” I tried the pre-workout drink but just never could get into it. That made me a little nervous when I opened up the Recovery Accelerator to give it a try.
So, what does the Recovery Accelerator do?
- Replenishes energy and electrolytes
- Reduces inflammation, muscle and joint pain
- Supports immune system function and protein synthesis
- Reduces recovery time between training
Just from reading that, it sounded great! I sure know that I need to help reduce recovery time between my training runs! The instructions say to mix one packet with 1 1/2 cups of cold water.
If you can tell by the color in the picture, it mixes but it is REALLY powerful with only 1 1/2 cups of water. After doing some experimenting I think it is much better when you use about 2 to 2 1/2 cups of water. That is just personal preference, I don’t like things too sweet.
The flavor of the accelerator is Tropical. To me the best way to describe the flavor would be if you mixed orange juice with pineapple juice. It’s actually very tasty, I just have to make sure to add more water than directed.
Here is a peak at the nutritional facts. Overall a really good recovery aid! It would make an excellent addition to anyone post-run training.
Compared to the pre-workout I like this product A LOT more. The taste is actually really good and to me doesn’t taste plant based like some do. It is something I look forward to coming home to take after my run. I will definitely be using this to Fuel My Better!
Have you ever used Vega Products?
What do you normally take after your workout?