Blog Archives June, 2011

Welcome Brand Ambasadors!

By Captain Vitalyte

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our first batch of Brand Ambassadors: Bill Lightner and Jenna Novotny! The applications were numerous, the competition was fierce but these two rockstars shone bright and brilliant and we’re proud to have them as part of a the Vitalyte team. Their bios are in progress so I won’t spoil all of their surprises but here’s a bit about them.

Jenna is a San Diego native who is currently loving the Grape Vitalyte Flavor. She’s into marathon running, triathlons, swimming, biking, tennis, yoga, standup paddleboarding, volleyball, soccer, rock climbing..long story short, this lady is active. She longs to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, is lactose intolerant and says, “If running shoes and workout clothes were appropriate attire for every occasion I would be a happy girl.” Finally, she loves to chat, in person and online, so you should definitely follow her on twitter @runjrun
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Bill is a cycling junkie from Palm Desert who just got his Triple Crown, which is a huge deal. He, like Jenna, is loving Grape Vitalyte and said pasta is his go-to meal the night before a race. He says he doesn’t feel his age and he certainly doesn’t look it at 50 years young. He rediscovered cycling 4 years ago and hasn’t looked back. He says, “the bike and the road, really help to clear my mind” and he’s also very involved in his local biking club, The Desert Bicycle Club.
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Stay tuned for their profile pages, blog posts and more – and congratulations to our Vitalyte Brand Ambassadors again!

Ice Baths & Cheeseburgers by Milena Glusac

By Milena Glusac

I saw the return of irritable Milena today. I used to know her well. Usually she only appeared after a hard day of training back in the day when she was running 90 miles a week ice_bath2_smpreparing for a marathon. I used to deal with her by having her take an ice bath to cool off the burning muscles, eat and then crash in bed for a few hours. Usually that did the trick.

Well this time irritable Milena is working and has other responsibilities so time isn’t as bountiful as it used to be. Ten years ago the old trick might have worked but it is dated and irrelevant to the life I lead today.

Yep, today instead of relying on the archaic methods of 2001, I centered myself by taking my dogs, Parker and Mala, for a walk in the beautiful summer weather, rocked out to Rhianna in my car and then thoroughly enjoyed a cheeseburger that was strategically followed with a slice of cheesecake. Let me just say I am enjoying Milena of 2011 and I am enjoying my training a lot more.

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RAISING A GLASS…I MEAN VITALYTE WATER BOTTLE, TO THE PRE-RACE ROUTINE

By Jenna Novotny, Brand Ambassador

So here I am, Friday morning, two days out from race day. I will be racing in the San Diego International Triathlon -and it’s on Sunday. The miles have been logged, the ice baths endured, the neapolitan tan fashionably sported (neapolitan tan is what happens when you wear 2-3 different length bike shorts on separate rides and wind up with a progressive tan up your thigh- hot) and now it’s time to think about my pre-race routine. Every athlete takes a different approach to the pre-race routine; and some can take years refining what works best for them. And just as I tell every friend venturing into their first competitive race, I will once again emphasize that what “works best” is different for everyone. I have a good friend who literally eats a pint of Hagen Daz the night before her longer distance races. Now me personally, even if I wasn’t lactose intolerant, that much dairy pre-race would probably have me spending more time in the porta potty than on the road. But I digress…

My pre-race routine typically starts two days before a race. I start to taper my workout routine and spend some extra time using my foam roller and stick to working out my tight muscles. I personally do not like to work out the day before a race aside from some active stretching; and I will do a short, easy run and bike two days out.

For nutrition I start making sure I’m drinking more fluids than usual two days out. When I first started racing, I wasn’t very good at monitoring how much I was drinking.  I would count out how many 12oz water bottles I wanted to drink throughout the day and take them to work with me to make sure I drank them all. Now that I’ve gotten better, I can be greener and continually fill up my water bottle at work and add my only electrolyte replacement drink, Vitalyte, which is conveniently stored in my drawer. After competing in a good amount of half marathons and triathlons I noticed two post-race symptoms that I consistently experience. I either get a splitting headache (alluding to dehydration) or my stomach would get the gurgles and I would be running to the bathroom the rest of the day (meaning I didn’t have enough sodium to retain the water I was drinking, and instead the water was flushing out of me). I have practiced Bikram yoga for 4 years, so I sweat A LOT while exercising. So I need to remember that because I sweat more, I need to replenish more. You don’t just lose water when you sweat, so why would you only replenish with water? Drinking Vitalyte before a race has really helped me in two ways – 1) It tastes great so it’s easier to drink my goal amount of fluids, and 2) it provides the perfect amount of minerals and sodium so I’m not suffering after a race.

And with that (raising my Fruit Punch Vitalyte filled water bottle) here is to race day; I’ll let you know how it goes!

Jenna

Metabolic Effect…Crushing It

Brought to you by Captain Vitalyte
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I was first introduced to Metabolic Effect nearly a year ago and loved it. After a near 6 month hiatus due to life and location, I took it up again on Tuesday evening. It’s now Friday and I’m finally less sore but happy to report that I missed it terribly and as such, want to share the wonder with you all.

Workout stereotypes run a muck in the fitness world. From girls not lifting weights for fear of getting bulky and preconceived time expenditure expectations, to yoga being a waste of time and the shake weight as the answer to your mid sections troubles, there’s a lot of information out there. How do you know what the best approach is to get out of your workout rut? Good question. I found my answer in the new mindset that lies at the core of Metabolic Effect.

According to the Metabolic Effect website,

The Science behind the Metabolic Effect (ME) incorporates the latest understanding in endocrinology, health, fitness, strength and conditioning research. ME is a science-based program focused on changing the fat-burning hormonal response to exercise and diet. By changing hormones, rather than simply eating less or exercising more, the body naturally regulates fat burning, appetite, and mood so that motivation for exercise is enhanced while cravings for food are reduced.

In a nut shell, this 30 minute workout is designed to inspire you to work so hard that you physically need to take a break. All you need are: dumbbells, a matt, some motivation and you’re set. Nicole Pizzi, ME trainer, fell in love with the workout and is now a full time trainer. Metabolic Effect challenges you to work harder than you think you can and the results are clear. Work your face off for 30 minutes including warm up and cool down with breaks only when you absolutely need them and kick your metabolism into high gear. Trainers encourage students to drink plenty of water, consume lots of protein and vegetables and to stray away from sugar and alcohol for 48 hours. Why you ask? Toxins like the aforementioned only slow down the effects of ME and once you work that hard, who would want to hinder the results?

With moves like squats, pushups, burpees, bicep curls, chest presses, the list goes on…this workout is no joke. What I found is that the gym can become hum drum, if you will. Running, spinning, biking etc can all lose their spark – oft times, you stop pushing yourself and fall aimlessly into monotony – sending you deep into a workout rut. This kicks the rut right out from under you, making your body work harder than it ever has. It’s short time period makes it okay for you to push because the minutes go fast and it’s over before you realize how much butt you’ve kicked. That’s my kind of workout. Add on an accelerated metabolism for 48 hours? Sign me up.

Keep an eye out for ME (Metabolic Effect) near you and give it a shot! Side note, I took tri phase endurance, the ultimate endurance drink before tackling this beast and felt awesome throughout the 30 super intense minutes. More info to come about ME as they open their own studio in Bird Rock, CA in a few months.

I’m Milena Glusac & I’m Back in Action

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In about an hour I will head out for my run. Simple, average maybe even boring statement…until you know the backstory. See it’s been five months since I have been able to run and prior to that it’s been a decade of illness, personal strife and clawing myself back into the light. Between the several years of spending most of my days bedridden due to a genetic disease, financial hardship due to my health condition, a failed business and the demise of my family unit, life was challenging to say the least. Ironically, it was my belief that one day I would get healthy and be able to return to competitive athletics that kept me from wallowing in a well of depression and self-pity that I could have easily fallen victim to. I had once been one of the top-ranked distance runners in the world and I was determined to step back on the podium again!

So here I am and yep my BFF has been the eliptical trainer at World Gym in Pacific Beach, CA. We’ve had our ups and downs just as any relationship does. You know how it goes, “I’m so dedicated to you I will be here faithfully,” and of course the explanations “Well it was a holiday weekend so I had to take a little time away,” and who can leave out the “A little time apart will do us some good.” But all in all I spent an average of four days a week with my cross-training partner. Just 30 minutes a time to maintain my fitness (ummm….really my sanity because honestly who the hell can stand looking at those little flashing lights 27:12, 27:11, 27:10 for more than a half hour at a time before cocktail hour can’t come fast enough and you are using all your strength to prevent yourself from bludgeoning the guy next to you who insists on blurting out loud every word to Lady GaGa’s Born This Way!)

Yes I am VERY happy to be back on the roads!

I was, to say the least, a little sore the day after my first run. Yep walking down stairs was amusing but I thought things would be a little more trying than they were. I attribute my mini-victory to two things…

1) I used the five months to gather myself in all aspects of my life-emotional, physical, mental, financial…yep I cleaned house and over-hauled. Anything that wasn’t serving my higher good went out the window and I made room for the good things that were already in my life but were being suffocated by the lack of space.

2) Vitalyte-I faithfully used my electrolytes replacement drink, Tri-Phase endurance before my workouts and during and when it came time to hit the ground running again I had maintained my fitness and my body had a chance to recover. Honestly, those first few days back would’ve been a nightmare of epic proportion if it hadn’t been for Tri-Phase…I wasn’t crying or up pacing in the night due to lactic acid overload and muscle fatigue.

So as I get ready to head out down Harbor Drive for a little 40 minute run I think about how far I have come, in just a week and a half I am up to a 5.5 mile run. Hmmm, maybe there is something to this recovery thing after all. My mind, body and emotional self are less attached to what I can do physically and my priority lies on my entire self. It’s a lifestyle.

Follow my journey back to competitive running and join me in creating a healthy lifestyle. It’s what Vitalyte is all about, it’s what I’m all about and it’s about what’s best for you.

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