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  • My San Diego Rock n Roll Half Marathon

    By Laura Conley
    The day before the race I felt that little scratch on the back of my throat and knew that meant I was getting sick ... then I couldn't sleep at all Saturday night because my throat hurt so bad and I had a fever!  So I woke up 4am, rolled out of bed, drank my Tri-phase and went to race!
    I felt so crappy I barely did any warm-up and just jumped into corral 1 for starting position.  I began a little to fast at 6:20 pace (goal was to maintain 6:30pace) so then after about mile 2/3 I began feeling run-down fatigue of being sick.  I did my best to keep it together and push through but more and more people started passing me which made me feel even worse!
    So then around mile 7 I took a Chia Surge and by mile 8 my legs and attitude improved slightly.  I realized I was probably calorie deficient so I took another one at that point...
    Well, by mile 9 I was a different person!  I started thinking about my pace and running faster.  At mile 10 I decided "I am going all-out for this last 5K of the race" and took off full-speed ahead!!  I must have passed 80% of everyone who passed me earlier and boy were they shocked!  I heard "Wow", "What the #$#*^$&", and "Nice Kick!" I think I made up for my mid-race slump by sprinting in those last 3 miles to finish in 1:27:15.
    Now I know take the Chia surge earlier in the race or before warming up for that much needed energy! :)
  • Milena’s Top 5 Tips for Staying Motivated: #5 Cool Off

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    Being continually sore or nursing a slight injury can create a lot of stress and can sometimes cause you to want to take a sabbatical.

    Avoid the misery that comes when you aren’t recovered by taking these precautions. Keep the muscle inflammation down by taking an ice bath after your hard workouts or long runs. Fill the bath tub 1/2 full with cold water, throw in a few handfuls of ice and in you go. Soak for 10-15 minutes. Your muscles will thank you.

    Also, add Vitalyte’s Complete Recovery to your post-workout regime. The powerful S.O.D is a super potent anti-oxidant that aids in reducing muscle inflammation. Plus the glucosamine in there is great for your joints (and for all of those of you with shellfish allergies, good news. It’s a non-shellfish source of glucosamine). So when you are feeling a little burdened by the bumps and bruises of training, cool off and bring down that inflammation so you can be motivated to get out there the next day.

  • Milena’s Top 5 Tips for Staying Motivated: #4 Pick A Destination

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    There are so many fantastic road races now to choose from.

    Pick a road race in a city or country that you want to visit and take a “racecation” as I call it. You get to pair an adventurous trip with a great race. That’s pretty cool to look forward to.

    Doesn’t get much better than that.

  • Green Machine Recipe

    By Erica Davis
    For this blog I wanted to share a recipe with you all.  My mom and I were at Costco and she came up to me and handed me thisgreen-smoothie11little sample cup with this green smoothie looking stuff.  I asked her what was in it and she told me I had to drink it first and then she would tell me.  Hesitantly, I drank it and to my surprise, I actually liked it!
    So here's to all you athletes who wish you were drinking a margarita but want it to actually be healthly.  So give this a try and hopefully you will then want make some extra for a pool party this summer or even as a cool, post workout treat.  It's also a great way to get some extra greens for the day.  Enjoy!
  • 1/2 a can of white grape juice
  • 1/4 of a lime
  • 1, 2 or 3 handfuls of Spinach
  • Blend on high for about 30 seconds
  • Add 2 cups of ice and blend again
  • Tales from the Wave ... A Chia Surge Story

    What's up ladies and germs. Josh here. I know what most of you are thinking - I'm a marathon runner/triathlete/sprinter/body screen-shot-2012-05-30-at-70958-pmbuilder/insert bad ass sport here - what can this grom teach me? That my friends is why I'm here - to enlighten you and open your eyes to the wild wonder of chia surge and how it can help you kick butt - no matter your sport of choice.

    I started surfing when I was a kid and basically haven't stopped since. It's not seen as an endurance sport - shock gasp - but let me tell you, when you're out there for 4 hours day in day out, let me tell you, endurance plays a roll. I got hurt a few months back and had to lay off the waves for a while and when I finally got back out there - I was truly surprised at how slowly my body seemed to respond. I was exhausted in a fraction of the time I used to be and I won't lie to you - I was beyond frustrated.

    After having lunch with a good friend of mine - who happens to be a die hard cyclist and a huge Vitalyte advocate, he threw some of this stuff called Chia Surge my way and told me to take it before hitting the waves the next day. Aside from not thinking about Chia in any other form than the pets of yesteryear, I had never taken anything to keep my body going while surfing or doing anything really. Regardless, I was desperate so I tried it.

    I'm not a believer in this type of thing and honestly, aside from thinking twice that I coincidentally had an awesome day the day I took chia surge - I wasn't convinced. Two days later, I went out again - sans surge - and was horribly tired and even more frustrated. The third time - this time with chia - I became a believer.

    This stuff is all natural and kicks in immediately. You feel it enhancing the natural awesomeness you were born to share and that's what I'm looking for. Be it on the road, in the gym, or tearing up the waves, Chia Surge is my new thing and you should probably give it a whirl.

    To the surf and seeds,

    Josh

  • Milena’s Top 5 Tips for Staying Motivated: #3: Buddy Up

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    Training and running with friends can definitely make working out much more fun. I can recall some really hard workouts I got through93796 because my training partner at the time, Brian, would make up rap songs while we ran. Not only was he a lyrical gangster, but his support was key in helping me during some super intense training. So grab a friend and create your own rhymes as you continue to train for your next race. Friends are definitely a happy part of the journey.

  • Milena’s Top 5 Tips for Staying Motivated: #2: Change Your Pace

    #2: Change Your Pace

    Your body needs variety in it’s training pace just as much as it needs variety in the type of cardiovascular training you do. Therefore, changing the speed at which you run is important.

    One or two days a week don’t forget to throw some speed work into your training. That means running varied distances at faster than your normal steady run pace.

    The Swedes coined the phrase “Fartlek.” That translates to “speed play.” So let’s say you are out for a four mile run. Instead of running the entire run at one steady pace, mix up your pace. You don’t even need a watch.

    Legendary runner Jim Ryun used to run fast from one telephone pole to another along the straight stretches of road in Kansas. When he got to the next pole, he would jog slowly until he reached the next one and then he would pick up the pace again.

    Mix it up. Run fast for thirty seconds, and then easy for two minutes and then moderate for three minutes. You get the idea.

  • Consuming Chia Seeds for Weight Loss

    Chia comes from the Mayan word for “strength,” and the Mayans certainly knew what they were talking about. Chia seeds were a staple crop of the Aztec and Mayan empires more than 5,000 years ago, and scientists today are starting to uncover just how many amazing nutritional benefits these tasty seeds have. Chia is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, electrolytes, antioxidants, vitamins and even protein. Plus, chia seeds’ calories will hardly make a dent in your daily caloric intake. Few superfoods offer so many benefits.

    Regardless of your individual health goals, chia can make an excellent addition to your diet. The nutrients can promote overall nutrition, the protein can aid in physical fitness and improve your recovery time, and research shows that chia consumption may even offer certain benefits to individuals trying to lose weight.

    If you’re trying or struggling to lose a few pounds or even a substantial amount of weight, you may want to consider adding chia seeds to your healthy diet. It is believed that ancient Aztec warriors devoured chia seeds because of the energy and endurance they provide, and that same energy boost can give you the stamina you need to get the most from your exercise routine.

    Chia seeds can also aid your weight loss efforts for other reasons. For instance, there are a number of foods, energy drinks and supplements on the market that promise to raise your energy level, but very few of them have as few calories as chia, and even fewer provide the same essential nutrients. Chia gel can naturally improve your energy level and get your heart pumping without filling your body with empty calories. The benefits are astounding.

    Furthermore, chia absorbs up to 12 times its own weight, so it can work wonders if you have an overactive appetite. Even just an ounce of chia can reduce your caloric intake and help lower the energy density of the foods you eat, in addition to doubling the amount of fiber you receive, according to the Dr. Oz blog. In fact, just once ounce of chia contains more than 40 percent of your daily fiber recommendation, and fiber is the ideal nutrient for satisfying hunger.

    Any weight loss effort is difficult, and should include a combination of daily exercise and good nutrition. While chia is not a weight loss supplement, it does contain enough beneficial nutrients to help you meet your health and weight loss goals. Even small amounts of chia can go a long way in promoting good health, so try incorporating it into your lifestyle today.

  • Milena’s Top 5 Tips for Staying Motivated: #1

    In my last blog I discussed the best ways to train for your first 5k. Well, now that you have conquered that race and are settled into yourchester-cheetahtraining program, what do you, as a beginner runner, do to stay motivated?

    You asked for it, so here it is...Milena’s Top 5 Tips for Staying Motivated.

    In the nature of keeping you on your toes, I thought I'd start with number 1. Stay tuned for the 4 to follow.

    Don’t run as much!

    No you are not still hung over from the beer garden at yesterday’s 5k. Read it again. Don’t run as much. That’s right. The number one reason people lose interest in something is because they have become burned out by doing it too much. Is this a scientific fact? I don’t know, but trust me I know what I am talking about.

    Think of it this way. Remember the time when you were a kid and you over-indulged on Cheetos (or any food...and yes I am speaking from experience)? Tell me if you can even look at Chester the Cheetah the same way. I am right. Anything we over-indulge in eventually makes us sick and we never can stomach it the same way. Running is the same.

    So what’s the best compromise? Here’s a little secret...take mini breaks. I’m not saying you have to take a month off from training. Instead, here and there take a weekend off. Or do what I do. I run three to four days a week and the other days I cross-train. And mix that up too. Spin on the bike, jump into the pool for a few laps or grab your tennis racquet and play a few sets. I guarantee you will actually look forward to your runs when you don’t run everyday.

    Avoid the running trap of “more is better.” That way Chester gets to remain that undoubtedly cool cat in your mind instead of a little orange gremlin who loves to ruin your seventh birthday.

  • Triathlons can be very difficult races....

    By Laura Conley

    Triathlons can be very difficult races, but sometimes its the training that is even harder! Everyday working out for hours on end... evenchia-swimwhen you're tired/burned out/stressed....but that's just what we do as athletes! However, I have found that Vitalyte products taken before/durning and after my training workouts have made it significantly easier and more enjoyable! I drink Tri-phase first thing in the morning then run anywhere from 8-15miles or bike for 2-3 hours. Then as I drive over to the pool, I drink Vitalyte and take 1-2 chia surges so I am ready to hit the water! How else could I keep up with the Master's swim team for 1hour!?

    Finally after I'm all done, I drink the recovery drink (while in the shower haha!) Without the help of my super nutrition I don't think I'd make it through these grueling training days! What a difference  this all has made.

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