We are entering the tournament run for cross country.  Everyone is looking for an edge at this point.  Workouts are being tapered so that these athletes can perform their best because if they have a slip up, their season will be over.

By this point, your cross country runner (or whatever endurance sport you are participating in) probably has a stable of foods that he/she relies on to provide energy.  These foods/drinks are something they know will sit well with the stomach and help them during the race.

This probably isn’t the time to experiment with something you haven’t tried before.  BUT, if you feel you need to roll the dice and the juice might be worth the squeeze take a look at these products to help your endurance.

In the spring, one of my sprinters was taking a few Advocare products.  A few items I felt might help with her training and sprinting.  She made the state finals in the 100M so you draw your conclusions if it might have helped or not.

Albeit with endurance racing, your training needs to be spot on, the items you put in your mouth to get your body ready can definitely assist you.

That being said, take a look at these Advocare Products to see how they can help your endurance athlete’s potential to run optimally.  You can go to http://advocare.com/07111072 to get any of these products:

  • VO2 Prime – These bars I think are a must for any endurance athlete. Their secret ingredient is beets.  I don’t like the taste of beets, but you hardly taste it in these berry flavored bars.  More research is suggesting that beets can help with your endurance, as evidenced in this Washington Post article.  Try some bars and couple that with your training and see how much better you can run.
  • Spark – Spark has been Advocare’s big product for a long time. It is a drink that helps give you energy and sharper mental focus, so yes it has some caffeine in it.  Caffeine has been touted to help endurance athletes improve performance.  If you take it the day of races and abstain inbetween races (don’t use it), you can get the biggest benefit out of it.
  • O2 Gold – This product helps your body enhance its use of oxygen which in turn will help it handle stress (such as running 3 miles in extreme heat) better. The better your oxygen consumption is over an extended period of time, the faster you are going to run your distance race.  Maybe this is something to look at.
  • Arginine Extreme – The theory is that if you can produce nitric oxide, it helps make muscle contractions use less oxygen, which in turn improves your fuel use during an endurance race. Beets have nitrate, which turns to nitrite, which is then converted to nitric oxide and that’s why they are popular.  Arginine Extreme has the nutrients to do the same.
  • Rehydrate – Now the easy products to discuss. Rehydrate has all the minerals and electrolytes in it your body needs that you lose through sweat.  Sweating for example during a long race.  Take some before and after your race (since you can’t take it during a race) and you will recover a lot better.
  • Coreplex – Coreplex is a multivitamin. Athletes might not get all the vitamins and minerals they need because they put so much stress on their bodies due to training.  Especially endurance athletes.  It is tough to get that in all through food.  Some endurance athletes might also lose a lot of iron which is needed for endurance events.  Coreplex has a Coreplex With Iron vitamin as well.  Get a blood test to determine if you need it, but the normal Coreplex should be just fine.

In a perfect world, you should have taken all this stuff in the off-season to allow your body to adapt to the products.  But, if you at crunch time and want to take a chance on something that might help you out, then take a look at this stuff.  Try it in practice first and give it a few times to adapt before using it in a meet.

I tried something with a 400M runner two years ago and he ran a PR and just missed making it to the state meet.  But, he was glad he gave it a shot instead of wondering what if.