By Milena Glusac
It is 2:30 am and the first of my three alarms that I set goes blaring off. I want to make sure I am up in time. Then my official “wake up” call from the front desk comes in. Media credentials, check. Hat, check. Strong, strong coffee, check. My call time to be in position for the five live hours of air time is 4:15 am. I still have to take a cab to the shuttle stop, then it is a 25 minute bus ride from the Santa Monica Civic Center to the starting line at Dodger Stadium.
Yes welcome to the LA Marathon and I will be live on course to bring all the action live to over 200,000 listeners. I will be reporting on the women’s elite race. Lending my personal professional experience as a professional distance runner and filling the listener in on all that is transpiring during the 26.2 miles.
I know what the professionals will go through. How they will feel physically. What they will endure mentally. How they will cope emotionally.
The scene at the start line at Dodger Stadium is nothing less than exuberayting. Tens of thousands of runners scurrying around in disposable ponchos (there is a chance of rain) all vying for position in line for the port-o-potties. The wheelchair athletes are preparing their aerodynamic race chairs for competition. The line for bagels and bananas is getting longer as everyone is reaching for some last minute carbo fuel. As I get in the lead vehicle from which I will give live updates over the airwaves of KLAC AM570 Fox Sports LA, I know one commonality all these athletes will experience at the end of this 26.2. All encompassing muscle soreness. Soreness that runs so deep that the smallest step down one stair will seem monumental. Yes the hotel lobby at the Fairmont will be scattered with hundreds of athletes just too sore to walk the hundred feet to the elevators. And towards the end of this Sunday day, those athletes that have managed to make it up to their room and shower and return downstairs in an attempt to head out and get something to eat and perhaps a few Heineken’s to help ease the pain, will be reaching for that closest bottle of anti-inflammatories. It is no doubt that a marathon will stretch you physically to your limit.
It was a perfect day for running. No wind, clear skies and 60 degrees. The women’s race was spectacular with the young 20 year Ethiopian, Fatuma Sado, taking the tape in a brilliant 2:25:39. I finish my report live in-studio after being on course for two and a half hours. After wrapping up our post-broadcast checklist, I head upstairs to take a nap. It’s 11:00 am and my sense of time is totally skewed by the lack of sleep. After a couple hours of great sleep I head my way downstairs to asses “the damage.” Yep just as I thought. Hundreds of people limping around trying to get into an ice bath as soon as possible. Nothing highlights the need for recovery more than the aftermath visuals of a marathon. This is the exact application that Vitalyte Complete Recovery was created for. The perfect blend of amino acids to repair muscles, glucosamine to sooth joint pain and of course the amazing anti-oxidant powers of S.O.D (short for superoxidedismutase). Oh my, I want to broadcast this over the air waves for all the runners to hear so that instead of hobbling around helpless for the next week or two, they can be back to their active selves sooner than later. Yep recovery is key. It helps you reap greater benefit from the hard work you put in. Plus, the better you feel, the more likely you are going to enjoy what you are doing. After all, isn’t that the reason you started running in the first place...because it made you feel good? Well Vitalyte wants to help you enjoy your activities by getting you back out there faster by brining you the ultimate in sports nutrition. So next time you are hobbling around after a 13.1 or 26.2 or even after a 2:30 am call time, don’t forget the Complete Recovery along with those anti-inflammatories.
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