If you are an athlete, you are always looking for an edge over your competition. You can only train just so many hours in the day, so you need to find something that sets you apart. You can be healthier, have better reflexes, have better flexibility or agility or perhaps all of these. Whatever it is, it is your “secret weapon” (or perhaps your secret weapons).
As a runner, I follow a training pattern that is determined by the time of year. There is base building, strength, speed and racing fit and you plan your workouts accordingly. There are also times when you are training for shorter races like 5K’s and 10K’s and times when you are training for a half marathon or marathon. You follow patterns year after year and do what works and don’t do what doesn’t work.
I do a couple of things, though, that help me stay healthy, keep my energy up and stay strong and flexible. One is that I always drink Shakeology before a long run and always have it afterward as a recovery drink. It gives me sustained energy for the long workouts and then helps me to replenish my energy stores after a workout. I literally have never found anything better and I have been running for almost 45 years.
The other thing that I do is to use P90X or Chalean Extreme for my strength workout. Runners in particular are notorious for shunning strength training. For other sports, strength workouts are essential but sometimes hard to fit into your training schedule. I used to pick up some weights and do them and neglected the things that I didn’t want to do like stretching. But with P90X or Chalean Extreme or any number of other Beachbody workout DVDs, you get a complete total body workout with warm up, stretch and warm down and additional workouts that are dedicated to flexibility, agility and core strength to name just a few.
Obviously, I have been running for a very long time, but that doesn’t mean that I love it any less or want to be the best that I can be any less. That’s why I have my “secret weapons” to even the playing field a little and give me a chance to catch that runner in front of me!