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Sustaining Energy: Fueling Strategies for Your Long-Distance Runs

Long-distance running requires proper preparation, training, and discipline. Proper fueling is essential to ensure that runners have the energy and stamina to complete the distance they set out to achieve. And this is one of the crucial aspects that we often overlook.

Many runners make mistakes when it comes to fueling, which can lead to poor performance, fatigue, and even injury.

Let's discuss the importance of proper fueling during a long-distance run and share tips on how to fuel correctly.

Common Mistakes Runners Make When It Comes to Fueling:

Before we delve into the specifics of fueling, it's essential to mention the common mistakes runners make when it comes to fueling.

These mistakes can be detrimental not only to our performance but even to our health. 

Some of the common mistakes include:
  1. Not eating enough before a long-distance run
  2. Eating too much before a run, which can cause bloating and stomach discomfort
  3. Not hydrating enough before, during, and after a run
  4. Relying too much on sugary snacks and drinks for energy
  5. Not fueling at all during a long-distance run
  6. Over-relying on sports drinks or gels without considering real food options
Pre-Run Fueling:

The food you eat before a long-distance run can make or break your performance. Eating a balanced meal that is rich in carbohydrates and proteins can help provide sustained energy throughout your run. It's best to eat your pre-run meal and hydration 2 to 3 hours before your run to allow your body enough time to digest the food.

Here are some food options that are easy to digest and provide sustained energy:
  • Oatmeal with fruit: Oatmeal is a great source of carbohydrates, while fruits like bananas, apples, or berries can provide sustained energy.
  • Toast with peanut butter: Toast provides carbohydrates, while peanut butter is an excellent source of healthy fats and protein.
  • Smoothie: A smoothie made with fruit, yogurt, and milk or a plant-based milk alternative can provide you with sustained energy.
In addition to eating a balanced meal, it's crucial to also hydrate before any endurance workout. Drinking water or sports drinks can help ensure that your body is properly hydrated. An additional 8 to 10 ounces of water or sports drink 10-15 minutes before your run is also important.

High-energy pre-run meal

Proper pre-run fueling can help ensure that you have enough energy to complete your run without feeling fatigued or sluggish. Make sure to experiment with different food options to see what works best for your body.

During-Run Fueling:

Fueling during a long-distance run is just as crucial as pre-run fueling. Once you hit the road, it's essential to keep fueling to keep your energy levels up. The human body can only store so much glycogen, which is your body's main fuel source.

Without proper fueling during a run, you can hit a wall, and your performance will suffer. So, what are some fueling options?
  • Energy gels: These are small, portable packets of concentrated carbohydrates that can be easily consumed while running. Energy gels are designed to provide a quick burst of energy when you need it most. However, make sure not to consume too many energy gels as they can be hard on your stomach (trust me).
  • Sports drinks: These drinks are formulated with carbohydrates, electrolytes, and fluids, which can help replenish your energy levels and hydrate you at the same time. Sports drinks are easily absorbed by the body, making them an excellent option for fueling during a long-distance run.
  • Real food: Options such as bananas, energy bars, and pretzels can also provide sustained energy during a long-distance run. However, make sure to choose foods that are easy to digest and won't cause stomach discomfort.
It's essential to determine the right amount of fuel to consume during a long-distance run. Consuming too much fuel can lead to stomach discomfort, while consuming too little can lead to fatigue and a drop in energy levels. As a general rule of thumb, aim to consume 30-60 grams of carbohydrates per hour of running.

Make sure to drink water or sports drinks every 10-15 minutes to stay hydrated. If you're running for more than an hour, consider bringing a hydration pack or a handheld water bottle to ensure that you have access to fluids throughout your run.

However, this may still vary depending on your body size, running intensity/pace, personal preference, and weather conditions. Experiment with different options to find what works best for you.

Post-Run Fueling:

After you cross the finish line, it's time to refuel your body. The food you eat after your run can help your body recover and repair itself. Proper post-run fueling can help reduce muscle soreness, replenish glycogen stores, and promote muscle recovery.

Here are some food options you can consider after a long-distance run:
  • Protein shake: Protein shakes are an excellent option for post-run fueling as they are easily absorbed by the body, making them an excellent option for muscle recovery.
  • Chocolate milk: Chocolate milk is an excellent option as it provides a good balance of carbohydrates and protein, which can help replenish glycogen stores and promote muscle recovery.
  • Banana with nut butter: Bananas are rich in carbohydrates, which can help replenish glycogen stores, while nut butter is a good source of protein and healthy fats.
  • Grilled chicken or fish with brown rice and vegetables: This meal is a great source of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, making it an excellent option for post-run fueling.

Aim to drink at least 16-20 ounces of water or sports drink within 30 minutes of completing your run. Drinking water or sports drinks can help replenish fluids lost during your run and prevent dehydration.

By refueling properly after your long-distance run, you'll help your body recover and prepare for your next run. Remember, it's essential to refuel with a combination of carbohydrates and protein, rehydrate properly, and promote muscle recovery after a long-distance run.

Whether you're a seasoned ultramarathoner or a teenager just starting with long-distance running, fueling your body with the right food and fluids can make all the difference.

By following these simple tips, you'll be able to achieve your running goals and perform at your best. So next time you lace up your running shoes, remember to fuel your body properly and let nothing hold you back!

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Asics Dynablast 3 Shoe Review - Can These Running Shoes Keep Up with Your Pace?

Jumping in the fun
I recently purchased an Asics Dynablast 3 running shoes last April 10, 2023 from Asics BGC. This is actually my first time buying and getting a hold of an Asics brand.

The very first brand new running shoes that I bought was the Adidas Adizero Boston way back in 2010. Then I have tried a couple running shoes from then on such as DiadoraReebokVibram Five Fingers (VFF), OnSkechers, Merrell, Somnio, Viking, Saucony, Nike, Mizuno, and Salomon of which more than 70% are sponsored (click the links to read my honest review).

Asics is a popular running shoe brand that has been around for many years, and they regularly update and release new models to meet the needs of runners. The Dynablast series was first released on 2020 and this specific model, the Dynablast 3 was released early last year, 2022.

I actually thought that this was one of the latest shoe model in range for this year as the price is still in the 6K-ish, but behold... I was stunned to see that the more latest ones already ranges to 5-digits in peso.

I got the US 7.5 and it fits true to size. If you're not familiar about your shoe size, I recommend trying them on in-store to make sure. And remember to allow at least half or an inch size allowance than your regular shoe size.


If you're not familiar with the Dynablast 3, let me give you the lowdown. The Dynablast 3 is a lightweight and comfortable shoe designed to be responsive to your every move. It's suitable for different race distances, from 3K to half marathons, so you can wear them for a variety of runs without feeling like you're dragging around bricks on your feet.

Available colorways of the Asics Dynablast 3
The Dynablast 3 comes in a range of colors, and I went for the Deep Ocean/Light Steel combo. I must say that this color combination looks fantastic in person and really stands out.

The Deep Ocean color is a deep blue shade, while the Light Steel color is a light gray tone. It's like wearing the ocean on your feet, but without the sand getting stuck in between your toes.

One thing to note is that the Dynablast 3 is suitable for runners with a neutral foot gait. If you're a heavy overpronator or underpronator, you might want to consider a different shoe that's designed for your specific foot type. But if you're like me and have a neutral foot gait, then these shoes might just be the perfect fit for you.

Technology and Material

The latest in the Dynablast series

Now enough about looks, let's get to the good stuff. The Dynablast 3 features a breathable mesh upper that allows for proper air circulation and prevented any hot spots from forming, so your feet don't feel like they're cooking inside the shoe.

The FlyteFoam technology midsole is responsive, lightweight, and provides excellent cushioning, which is essential for runners who want to maintain their speed and form without weighing you down. It's like walking on clouds, except there's no rainbows (sadly) and you're actually running and getting exercise.

One standout feature of this shoe is its Ortholite foam insole. This cushioned and supportive base is designed to wick moisture away from the foot, preventing odor and foot infections. The insole is also removable, allowing for a customized fit, and its contoured shape matches the natural shape of the foot for added comfort and support.

The outsole is made of durable rubber in high-contrast hue of yellow-orange that can provide great traction on different surfaces. This is particularly helpful when running on wet or slippery roads.

The Break-in Run

A little leg pose before the run
During my break-in run at my favorite place -- Nat. Sci. Circle in UP Diliman, the Dynablast 3 stayed comfy throughout the 3K run. My feet didn't feel cramped or suffocated, in fact, it feels a little bit bigger than the usual US7.5 shoes that I had.

The Asics Dynablast 3 shoes are lightweight but still feel sturdy and supportive, which is key for maintaining good form and avoiding injuries, thus giving you the confidence to push yourself harder and faster.

I also have to say, this shoe is somewhat responsive, perfect for those of us who like to go fast, because they help to propel you forward with each stride. Mind you that I haven't been regularly running for the past 3-years, but I completed a 3K run huffing and puffing (obviously I'm not as fit as before... yet) but without aches and pain from my foot and calf.

The Blurr shot (not)

As soon as my feet hit the pavement, there's a noticeable energy return in my step. You might wonder if these shoes have their own little boosters built in! I felt like I could pick up the pace without sacrificing comfort, which is a huge plus. I even tried a few sprints and felt like I had an extra bounce in my step.

But don't just take my word for it - give 'em a try and see for yourself!

Oh and yeap, I did a few stairs jump on this shoe (scroll up and check my awesomely shot photo) and the cushion is just enough to support my hard landing in each flight of stairs. No pain in the knees!

A little mishap

Just a mishap experience is when I slipped backwards while treading beyond the sidewalk where there are lots of loose Mahogany leaves. For those who are into trail running, you're familiar how slippery these leaves are even when dry.

So a bit of a caution, do not do what I did or else you'll end up like me suddenly down on the ground with some rays of light directly on my face (it's the sun, not a UFO).

The shoe also features a classic lace-up closure that enables you to customize the fit to your preference. The shoelace is flat, which is the kind that I don't like since it tends to roll and twist. But the Dynablast 3 has solved this by making the eyelet design rectangular which is perfect for the flat shoelace.

As for durability, only time will tell. Of course, every runner's experience with the Dynablast 3 may differ depending on their foot shape, running style, and terrain. That's why I'm planning to do more testing runs with the shoe in the coming weeks to see how it performs on different surfaces and under various weather conditions.

I'm particularly curious to see how it handles wet or slippery roads, as well as how it fares during speed workouts. The possibilities are endless!

One thing I do appreciate about the Dynablast 3 is its affordability. Compared to other latest Asics models (and other latest ones for the running shoes right now in the market), the Dynablast 3 is reasonably priced, which is a plus for those of us on a budget.

I was able to get a 20% discount, which was much higher than the 10% off coupon that I got from one of the previously held virtual run. I wasn't able to ask though if it's part of a holiday discount or until when this promo will last.

Overall, I'm impressed with the Asics Dynablast 3 so far. It's lightweight, comfortable, and affordable, making it a solid option. With its stylish design, ample cushioning, and durable outsole, it's definitely worth considering for your next pair of running shoes.
Fun Fact

Did you know that ASICS is actually an acronym? It stands for "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano" which is a Latin phrase that means "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body" (fact thanks to Ms. Abet).

ASICS is a Japanese multinational corporation that specializes in manufacturing athletic equipment such as footwear, apparel, and accessories for various sports activities. The company was founded in 1949 by Kihachiro Onitsuka and is headquartered in Kobe, Japan.

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Fats on the Run: Unveiling the Bad and the Good Ones for our Performance

Feasting at Chris Sports Store
Are you ready to talk about fats? Don't worry, I won't judge you for that little bit of extra cushioning. After all, I've had my fair share of yo-yo dieting too (and a little bit of love-handles already growing).

But let's get serious for a moment, because what we eat really can affect our running performance and overall health.

First, let's talk about the different types of fats:

We've got saturated fats, trans fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Now, I know that's a mouthful, but bear with me.

Saturated fats are the bad guys, the Darth Vaders of the fat world. They can be found in certain cuts of meat, cheese, butter, and other delicious but oh-so-evil foods. Consuming too much saturated fat can lead to high cholesterol, heart disease, and a host of other health problems.

Coconut oil is also one example of saturated fats, but there's still a lot of debate about the pros and cons about this (I bet not all saturated fats are created equally). So do your own research and be vigilant of your choices.

So if you want to keep your heart healthy and your arteries clear, it's best to limit your intake of these bad boys.

Trans fats are even worse than saturated fats. They're like the Emperor Palpatine of the fat world, pure evil. Trans fats can be found in vegetable oils, baked goods, processed snacks, and fried foods (going to the max if fried in low smoking point oils such as olive, nuts, and seed oils. This is another topic we should also learn about).

They raise your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol, and have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. So just say no to trans fats, okay?

Monounsaturated fats, or as I like to call them, the "Good Guys" of the fat world. These fats are like the charming and elegant heroes who come to save the day in a romantic comedy movie, except in this case, they're saving your running performance and overall health!

Monounsaturated fats are the smooth operators that can be found in foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. They are known for their heart-healthy benefits, as they can help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

They can be found in foods like nuts, seeds, avocado, fatty fish, and olive oil.

But that's not all! These fats are also great for runners because they provide a slow and steady source of energy, helping you keep that pep in your step during those long runs.

Monounsaturated fats also add flavor and depth to your meals while promoting health. So, don't be afraid to embrace the "Good Guys" of fats and make them a delicious and nutritious part of your diet to enhance your running performance and overall well-being!

Polyunsaturated fats, the "Mavericks" of the fat universe. These fats are like the rebels who march to the beat of their own drum, and they're here to make a splash in your running performance and overall health!

Polyunsaturated fats can be found in fish oils or fatty fish like salmon (just be cautious about the farmed ones), flaxseeds, chia seeds, and sunflower oil, and even dark chocolate (yes, really!). They are packed with essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6, which are crucial for brain function, heart health, and inflammation control.

For us runners, polyunsaturated fats can be a game-changer. It helps reduce inflammation in the body, aiding in muscle recovery after those intense workouts. Plus, they can help improve lung function, which is essential if you're seeking to boost your endurance.

Polyunsaturated fats bring unexpected benefits to the table. So, be a "Maverick" and embrace these healthy fats to elevate your running game and overall well-being. It's time to ride the wave of polyunsaturated fats and let them work their magic!

Source: Dr. Sears Zone

Of course, fat isn't the only thing that affects our running performance. We also need to make sure we're getting enough carbs and protein, and staying hydrated. By making smart choices about the types of fats we eat, we can give ourselves a little extra boost.

So there you have it. The lowdown on fats and how they affect our running performance and overall health. Remember, balance is key. Don't be afraid to indulge in a little bit of the bad stuff every now and then, but make sure the majority of your diet is made up of the good stuff.

And who knows, maybe one day you'll be running so fast that you'll feel like you've got the power of the force on your side. May the fats be with you!

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Don't Just Run, Fuel Up and Fly: The Importance of Pre- and Post-Workout Nutrition

If you're always looking for ways to improve your performance and recovery, then this article's for you. One aspect that is often overlooked is pre- and post-workout nutrition. But let me tell you, it can make a world of difference!

Quenching my thirst on the 1st Spartan Race Philippines 2018 Trifecta Weekend, Beast

If you want to perform at your best and recover quickly, you need to pay attention to what you're eating before and after your workouts. So, what exactly is pre- and post-workout nutrition, and why is it important?

Well, pre-workout nutrition is the food and drink you consume before a workout session to keep you energized, while post-workout nutrition is what you eat and drink after a workout to help your body recover.

Who doesn't want to perform better during their workouts and recover more quickly afterwards? I mean, we all want to feel like superheroes out there, right? The good news is, with the right nutrition, you can do just that. Now, let's break it down.

Image by Trifecta System

First things first, let's talk about pre-workout nutrition. I know some of you may be thinking, "But, I can't eat before a run, it'll make me sick!" Well, let me tell you a little secret - you don't have to eat a full meal before a run! In fact, it's better to stick with something light and easily digestible.

You want to focus on carbohydrates - but not just any carbs mind you! Focus on the good carbs, which provide energy for your muscles, and a little bit of protein to help with muscle repair. Some good pre-workout options include a banana with peanut butter, a slice of toast with avocado, a bowl of oatmeal with berries and nuts, or a bowl of boiled potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots.

Image by Andres Ayesta

Now, let's talk about the post-workout nutrition. This is where things get exciting (at least for me, I love food). After a tough workout, your body needs to replenish the nutrients it lost and repair any damage to your muscles.

That's where protein comes in to help with muscle repair.

Aim for 20-30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of finishing your workout. You can get this from sources like chicken, eggs, tofu, or my personal favorite - a smoothie bowl with protein powder, fruit, and nut butter, a beef sandwich on whole grain bread, or a sweet potato with grilled chicken.

And, of course, don't forget to hydrate before and after your workout! Drinking water will help you stay energized, avoid cramping, and digest your foods so that the nutrients can help you recover more quickly.

As runners and multisport athletes, we're always looking for ways to improve our performance and recovery. Paying attention to pre- and post-workout nutrition is a simple way to do just that. Once you start fueling your body with the right nutrients, you'll notice a difference in your energy levels and overall performance.

Don't neglect it, and don't be afraid to experiment with different foods to find what works best for you. But remember to focus on the good and nutrient-dense foods. By paying attention to what you eat and drink before and after your workouts, you can become a superhero out there on the road or trails. Now, go fuel up and crush that next workout!

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Food for Thought: How a Healthy Diet Can Save Your Athletic Bacon

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, lived a group of athletes who were constantly plagued by injuries and illnesses. They tried everything from rubbing unicorn tears on their muscles to drinking elixirs made from the sweat of Olympians.

However, nothing seemed to work until they stumbled upon the magical potion of a healthy diet. This potion not only prevented sports injuries and illnesses but also made them stronger, faster, and fitter.

Want to know more about this magical potion? Keep reading to learn about the benefits of a healthy diet in preventing sports injury and illness.

Do you want to stay injury-free and at the top of your game in running, swimming, cycling, or triathlon? Are you tired of being sidelined by injuries and illnesses?

Then, it's time to pay attention to the power of a healthy diet.

As an athlete, you already know the importance of training, rest, and recovery. But have you ever considered the role of nutrition in your performance and health?

A healthy diet can provide your body with the fuel it needs to function optimally, reduce your risk of injury and illness, and help you recover faster.

Not the finish line moment you would hope for

Imagine yourself running a marathon without getting a cramp, swimming a triathlon without catching a cold, cycling a race without bonking, or completing an Ironman without feeling exhausted. Now picture yourself crossing that finish line with a smile on your face, feeling great, and ready for more.

How would that feel? Amazing, right? By adopting a healthy diet, you can turn that dream into a reality and become a stronger, faster, and fitter athlete.

So, how do you get there? It's simple - start by incorporating the following foods and habits into your diet and lifestyle to prevent sports injury and illness:

  • Hydrate with water, electrolytes, and fluids before, during, and after exercise.
  • Fuel up with complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats before, during, and after exercise.
  • Load up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts to provide your body with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Avoid or limit processed foods, sugary drinks, alcohol, and unhealthy fats that can harm your body and impair your performance.
  • Listen to your body, rest when needed, and seek medical advice if you experience any symptoms of injury or illness.
  • Supplement with high-quality multi-vitamins and minerals to cover your nutrient gap from the foods that you take.
Benefits of a healthy diet in preventing sports injury and illness:

  • Reduces inflammation: Inflammation is a natural response of the body to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can lead to tissue damage and chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, or cancer. A healthy diet rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytonutrients can reduce inflammation and promote tissue repair.
  • Boosts immunity: Exercise can weaken the immune system temporarily, making you more susceptible to infections and illnesses. A healthy diet that includes vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and probiotics can strengthen your immune system and reduce the risk of infections.
  • Enhances recovery: Exercise causes micro-tears in your muscles, which need time and nutrients to heal and grow stronger. A healthy diet that includes protein, carbohydrates, and fluids can speed up recovery, reduce soreness, and improve performance.
  • Improves bone health: Running, swimming, cycling, and triathlon are weight-bearing activities that can stress your bones and increase the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. A healthy diet that includes calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin K2 and phosphorus can strengthen your bones and prevent bone loss. Remember, these mentioned nutrients must come together in the right ratio and balance to prevent artery calcification and for better absorption of calcium into the bones.
  • Maintains weight: Excess weight can put extra stress on your joints, increase inflammation, and impair your performance. A healthy diet that balances calories, nutrients, and portions can help you maintain a healthy weight and body composition.

Post-race rest is a must!

In conclusion, a healthy diet is not only essential for general health and well-being but also plays a critical role in preventing sports injury and illness. By fueling your body with the right nutrients, you can reduce inflammation, boost immunity, enhance recovery, improve bone health, and maintain a healthy weight.

So, next time you lace up your running shoes, jump into the pool, hop on your bike, or gear up for a triathlon, remember to nourish your body with a healthy diet. It may not be as magical as rubbing unicorn tears, but it sure is more effective and delicious!

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The Latest AI Tools for Iron-Men and Mermaids (err.. Athletes)

Hey there, fellow athletes! Are you tired of putting in all the hard work and still not seeing the results you want?

I hear you. As an athlete myself (albeit inactive, for now...), I've been there. But fear not, because there's a new player in town: artificial intelligence!

Being an athlete requires more than just physical strength and endurance, it also requires a deep understanding of your body and how it performs. Luckily, technology has come a long way and there are now various AI tools that can help you train smarter and perform better.

That's right, robots (and bots...) are taking over the world of sports, and they're here to help us reach new heights of performance.

Whether you're a swimmer, cyclist, runner, or all of the above (you overachiever, you), these AI tools are the secret sauce to taking your game to the next level.

So, grab your old yet reliable sweatbands and let's dive into the world of AI-powered sports training!

Swimming AI Tools:
  1. FORM Smart Swim Goggles (wearable device): The FORM Smart Swim Goggles are a game-changer for swimmers. They have a built-in display that shows your metrics in real-time, including distance, time, stroke rate, and more. The AI technology analyzes your data and provides you with personalized feedback on your technique, helping you improve your swim performance.
  2. MySwimPro (software): MySwimPro is a training app designed specifically for swimmers. It offers personalized training plans, stroke analysis, and more. Its AI technology learns from your performance and provides you with customized workouts that target your strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Garmin Swim 2 (wearable device): The Garmin Swim 2 is a smartwatch designed for swimmers. It tracks your distance, pace, stroke count, and more. Its AI technology analyzes your data and provides you with insights into your swimming performance, helping you make adjustments to your technique.
  4. Phlex Swim (wearable device): Phlex Swim is an AI-powered wearable that attaches to the back of your goggles and measures your swimming metrics, including lap count, stroke rate, and distance. It provides real-time feedback on your technique and helps you to optimize your training.
  5. TritonWear (wearable device): TritonWear is an AI-powered wearable that attaches to your swim cap and measures your swimming metrics, including stroke rate, distance per stroke, and turn time. It provides real-time feedback on your technique and helps you to improve your performance.

Cycling AI Tools:
  1. Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer (equipment): The Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer is an indoor training device that simulates outdoor riding. It has advanced AI technology that adjusts the resistance to match your target power, ensuring that your indoor training is just as effective as your outdoor rides. It also connects to popular training apps like Zwift and TrainerRoad.
  2. Zwift (software): Zwift is a popular training app that allows you to ride virtual courses with other cyclists from around the world. Its AI technology adjusts the resistance to match the terrain, providing a realistic and engaging cycling experience. It also provides personalized training plans that are tailored to your fitness level and goals.
  3. TrainingPeaks (software): TrainingPeaks is a comprehensive training platform that offers features like workout planning, data analysis, and communication tools. Its AI technology tracks your performance and provides you with insights into your training progress, helping you make more informed decisions about your workouts.
  4. Tacx Neo 2T (equipment): Tacx Neo 2T is an AI-powered smart trainer that offers a realistic riding experience with its direct drive system and advanced vibration analysis. It's an excellent tool for cyclists looking to improve their endurance and power.
  5. Garmin Rally Power Meter (equipment): Garmin Rally Power Meter is an AI-powered pedal-based power meter that measures your cycling power output and provides real-time feedback on your performance. It's an excellent tool for cyclists looking to optimize their training and improve their performance.

Running AI Tools:
  1. NURVV Run (wearable device): NURVV Run is an AI-powered wearable that attaches to your shoes and measures your running metrics, including cadence, foot strike, and pronation. It provides real-time feedback on your running form and helps you to reduce your risk of injury.
  2. Strava (software): Strava is an AI-powered social fitness app that allows runners to track their runs, set goals, and connect with other runners. With its personalized training plans and advanced analytics, it's an excellent resource for runners looking to improve their performance.
  3. Polar Vantage V2 (wearable device): Polar Vantage V2 is an AI-powered multisport watch that tracks your running metrics, including heart rate, distance, and speed. With its personalized training plans and advanced analytics, it's an excellent tool for runners looking to optimize their training and improve their performance.
Now if you're a triathlete, you can just mix-and-match some or a few of the mentioned tools from the above sports, or you may also consider the following tools that are either triathlon-focused or more famous to triathletes.

Triathlon AI Tools:
  1. TrainerRoad (software): a popular software among triathletes. It provides you with personalized training plans, as well as over 1,000 workouts that target your strengths and weaknesses. The AI technology learns from your performance and adjusts your workouts accordingly, helping you get stronger and faster in the three disciplines of triathlon.
  2. Final Surge (software): a comprehensive training platform that offers a range of features, including workout planning, data analysis, and communication tools. Its AI technology tracks your performance and provides you with insights into your training progress, helping you make more informed decisions about your workouts.
  3. Stryd (wearable device) - AI-powered running power meter that attaches to your shoe and measures your running power, pace, distance, and other metrics. It provides real-time feedback on your running form and technique, helping you to run more efficiently and reduce your risk of injury.
  4. Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL (wearable device): The Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL is a multisport GPS watch that can track swim, bike, and run data. It also includes advanced features like automatic transition detection and workout recommendations based on previous performance.
  5. Xert (software): Xert is a software platform that uses AI to analyze an athlete's data and create personalized training plans. It also offers real-time performance monitoring, allowing triathletes to adjust their effort levels during training and racing based on their current fitness levels.
  6. Athletica (software): is an AI-powered virtual training assistant that can help triathletes improve their performance. It uses machine learning to analyze data from a triathlete's training history, fitness level, and goals to create personalized training plans.
There you have it, folks! The world of sports training is evolving, and with AI-powered tools at our fingertips, there's no limit to what we can achieve. Whether you're a triathlete, swimmer, cyclist, or runner, there's an AI tool out there that can help you take your game to the next level. 

So, let's lace up our shoes, hop on our bikes, and jump in the pool with the confidence that comes from knowing we have the best tech on our side. Happy training!

*Note: These list is not a comprehensive source. If you are currently using a better software, equipment, or what have you that are not listed here, please feel free to comment it down below.

*PS: These tools, as with any other technology, are bound to become obsolete, scrapped, abandoned, or be replaced. So as the AI technology develops, most of these tools may no longer be around a few months or years from now.

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Your Secret Weapon for Fighting Inflammation and Boosting Recovery

Have you ever felt sore and stiff after a tough workout? Or maybe you've experienced an injury that just won't seem to heal?

If so, you're not alone. Many of us have dealt with inflammation and the slow recovery process that often follows. Luckily, there's a powerful tool in the fight against these issues: antioxidants1.

Antioxidants are compounds found in certain foods and supplements that help protect your body's cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause oxidative stress, leading to inflammation and a whole host of health problems.

But how do antioxidants help reduce inflammation2 and promote recovery? Let's break it down.

Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury or infection. It's a complex process that involves various immune cells and signaling molecules. While inflammation is necessary for healing, chronic inflammation can lead to tissue damage and chronic diseases.

This is where antioxidants come in. By neutralizing free radicals and reducing oxidative stress, antioxidants can help decrease inflammation and protect against tissue damage. In fact, some studies suggest that certain antioxidants, such as curcumin5 (found in turmeric) and resveratrol6 (found in grapes), may be as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs in reducing inflammation.

But that's not all. Antioxidants can also help promote recovery by reducing muscle damage and improving muscle function. When you exercise, your muscles undergo microtrauma, which triggers inflammation and leads to soreness and stiffness.

This is a natural part of the muscle-building process, but it can be uncomfortable and slow down your recovery.

However, research has shown that antioxidants can help reduce muscle damage and improve recovery time. One study3 found that athletes who took vitamin C and E supplements had less muscle damage and recovered faster than those who didn't.

Another study4 showed that antioxidants helped improve muscle function and decrease soreness in marathon runners.

So, where can you find these magical antioxidants? Fortunately, they're found in a wide variety of foods and supplements.

Here are some of the best sources:
  • Fruits and vegetables: Many fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, including berries, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, and sweet potatoes.
  • Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds are all good sources of antioxidants.
  • Spices: Turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon are all packed with antioxidants.
  • Supplements: If you're not getting enough antioxidants from your diet, supplements can help. Look for vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoid supplements.

Of course, it's important to remember that antioxidants aren't a magic cure-all. While they can help reduce inflammation and promote recovery, they're just one piece of the puzzle. It's also important to get enough sleep, stay hydrated, and give your body time to rest and recover between workouts.

In conclusion, antioxidants are a powerful tool in the fight against inflammation and slow recovery. By neutralizing free radicals and reducing oxidative stress, they can help protect against tissue damage and improve muscle function.

And the best part? They're found in a wide variety of foods and supplements, so it's easy to incorporate them into your diet. So go ahead and load up on those berries and nuts, and let the antioxidants do their thing!

  1. "Antioxidants in health and disease." Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. (2017). Retrieved from
  2. "The role of inflammation in muscle recovery." Frontiers in Physiology. (2019). Retrieved from
  3. "The effects of vitamin C supplementation on muscle function and recovery." International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. (2006). Retrieved from
  4. "The effects of antioxidant supplementation on athletic performance." Sports Medicine. (2003). Retrieved from
  5. "Curcumin: a natural anti-inflammatory agent." Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. (2009). Retrieved from
  6. "Resveratrol as an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging agent: mechanisms and clinical implications." Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. (2017). Retrieved from
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The Importance of Iron for Vegan and Vegetarian Runners

Iron is an essential nutrient for runners, helping to transport oxygen to the muscles and preventing fatigue. For vegetarians and vegans, it can be a little trickier to get enough iron in their diets. But don't worry, with a little creativity, you can run like a pro and fuel your body with iron.

Why is iron so important for runners?

Imagine running a marathon, and just as you approach the finish line, your legs give out and you collapse in exhaustion.

That’s the reality for many runners who suffer from iron deficiency. Iron is a crucial component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to your muscles. When you don’t have enough iron, you can’t transport enough oxygen, and your muscles can’t perform at their best.

Iron for vegetarians and vegans

Vegetarians and vegans can still get enough iron, but it requires a little more effort and creativity.

There are two types of iron: heme and non-heme.

Heme iron is found in animal products and is easily absorbed by the body. Non-heme iron is found in plant-based foods and is not as easily absorbed. So, vegetarians and vegans need to consume more iron to make up for the lower absorption rate.

Tips for getting enough iron in your diet:
  1. Eat your greens! Spinach, kale, and collard greens are all great sources of non-heme iron. And what’s more, they’re rich in antioxidants, so you’ll be fighting off free radicals while fueling your run. Just remember, Popeye was onto something with his spinach obsession.
  2. Get creative with tofu. Tofu is a great source of non-heme iron, and can be added to stir-fries, soups, and even smoothies. Just think of it as a vegan’s secret weapon to running success.
  3. Don’t forget the legumes. Lentils, chickpeas, and black beans are all excellent sources of iron. Plus, they’re a great source of protein, making them the perfect post-run meal. Who knew being a bean-lover could be so beneficial for your running performance?
  4. Pair iron-rich foods with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body absorb non-heme iron, so be sure to pair iron-rich foods with foods high in vitamin C, like oranges, strawberries, and bell peppers. A salad with spinach, strawberries, and oranges, anyone?
  5. Iron-fortified foods. If all else fails, you can always turn to iron-fortified foods, like cereal, bread, and pasta. Just be sure to read the label, as not all brands are created equal.

But wait, before you start loading up on iron-rich foods, there is a caveat to keep in mind.

Too much iron can actually be harmful to your health, leading to a condition known as iron overload.

This is especially relevant for male runners who already have higher levels of iron in their bodies. Iron overload can cause damage to the liver, heart, and pancreas, and may even increase the risk of certain cancers.

So, while it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough iron, don’t go overboard. As with all things in life, moderation is key. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any drastic changes to your diet.

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The Effects of Caffeine on Running Performance: A Comedic Guide

Caffeine and running, two words that seem to go together like peas and carrots, like Batman and Robin, like…well, you get the picture. It’s no secret that caffeine is a staple pre-workout drink for many runners, but do you really know what it’s doing to your body and performance?

Let’s dive in and find out!

First things first, let’s talk about what caffeine actually is.

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that works by blocking the action of adenosine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel tired (oooppss, don't nose bleed yet). Basically in layman's term, when you drink that cup of coffee before your run, you’re essentially telling your brain to keep awake, alert, and focused.

And who wouldn’t want that when they’re about to lace up their running shoes?

Now, onto the juicy part – how does caffeine affect your running performance? Well, studies have shown that caffeine can improve endurance, reduce perceived exertion, and even help you run faster.

That’s right, you can run faster just by drinking coffee! Now, who said caffeine was just a morning pick-me-up?

Flash's Coffee from CC Jitters

But wait, there’s more!

Caffeine has also been shown to improve focus and reaction time, which can come in handy when you’re dodging squirrels, dodging other runners, or just trying to avoid tripping on the pavement. And let’s not forget, caffeine can also reduce pain and muscle soreness post-run, which is great news for those who like to push themselves to the limit.

Now, before you go chugging down a whole pot of coffee, let’s talk about the right amount of caffeine to take.

Most studies have shown that a dose of 3-6 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight can be beneficial for running performance. For a 150-pound person (68.181818... kg), that’s roughly 200-400 milligrams of caffeine, which is the equivalent of 2-4 cups of coffee.

The Punisher's Coffee

It’s important to note that too much caffeine can also have negative effects, so it’s best to stick to the recommended dose. Excessive caffeine can lead to jitters, anxiety, and dehydration, all of which can negatively impact your run.

And who wants to feel like a nervous, jittery mess while they’re trying to break their personal best?

Now, let’s talk about timing. When is the best time to consume caffeine before a run?

Well, experts recommend drinking caffeine 30-60 minutes before your run to allow it to take effect. And, as with anything in life, timing is key. If you drink it too early, you might end up feeling jittery and anxious, and if you drink it too late, you might not feel the benefits. It’s like trying to catch a runaway train – you’ve got to time it just right!

Lastly, the different sources of caffeine.

While coffee is the most popular form of caffeine for runners, it’s not the only option. Caffeine can also be found in energy drinks, gels, and even chewable tablets. So, whether you prefer your caffeine in liquid or solid form, there’s an option out there for you.

As for me who is not really a coffee drinker, I'll stick to chocolate bars and drinks. I especially love  the dark ones, those darker than my skin.

The amount of caffeine in chocolate varies depending on the type and serving size, but on average, a 1-ounce serving of dark chocolate (70-85% cacao) contains approximately 12 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, a 1-ounce serving of brewed coffee contains approximately 30-50 milligrams of caffeine.

So there you have it, folks! Who said science couldn’t be fun? Grab your running shoes and a cup of coffee, and get ready to hit the pavement with a caffeine boost!

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Thirsty? A Runner's Guide to Staying Hydrated in a Natural Way

Running is hard work, there's no denying that. But one of the most important things you need to do to ensure your body can handle it is to stay hydrated. And while you may be tempted to reach for a sports drink filled with artificial ingredients, there are plenty of natural alternatives that can do the trick.

First things first, let's talk about water. I know, I know, it's not the most exciting beverage out there, but it's essential for runners. Water is the best way to stay hydrated and it's also the best way to flush out all the toxins and waste products that your body produces during a run.

But if plain old water is too boring for you, try adding some flavor with a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber.

Livin La Vida Coco

Next up, we have coconut water. This tropical drink is packed with electrolytes and potassium, making it a great choice for runners. Plus, it's a natural way to hydrate and it's also a great source of antioxidants.

But be warned, not all coconut water is created equal. Go for the kind that's organic and has no added sugar.

Another great natural hydration alternative is herbal teas. Not only do they provide hydration, but they also offer a variety of health benefits depending on the herbs used.

For example, chamomile tea is known for its calming properties, making it a great choice before bed. And peppermint tea can help soothe an upset stomach.

And let's not forget about fruits. Fruits are not only a great source of hydration, but they also provide essential vitamins and minerals. Think watermelon, strawberries, oranges, and pineapples.

These juicy fruits are not only delicious but also packed with water, making them a great choice for runners.

But what about during a run, specially trail runs where the logistics of bringing hydration to the mountain is not so feasible? It's not always easy to carry a water bottle or stop for a drink.

That's where nature comes in. Runners have been using natural sources of hydration for centuries, like streams, rivers, and even natural springs. Just make sure to check the water source before drinking to ensure it's safe and clean.

In conclusion, when it comes to staying hydrated, there are plenty of natural alternatives to sports drinks. Whether it's water with a slice of lemon, coconut water, herbal teas, fruits, or even natural water sources, there's a way to stay hydrated that will work for you.

So next time you lace up your sneakers, don't forget to bring a water bottle or find a natural source of hydration on your route.

A word of advice, if you're really out of option, no, urine is not a viable way to hydrate. But you may try to be adventurous yourself. Just don't blame me if it doesn't work out.

USANA's Electrolyte Replacement Drink
Optimize your daily routine with this tasty watermelon-flavored drink mix formulated with minerals. Calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium form electrolytes to support your body’s ability to stay hydrated.

Just mix with water and enjoy this refreshing drink before or after physical activity—or even on your rest day—to support your body during activity.

Health Benefits:
  • Helps replenish electrolytes lost in sweat
  • Maintains normal hydration by supporting water balance in the body
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