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Archives for the day Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Sports nutrition product Accelerade, from PacificHealth, is a very fine product that is excellent when used according to the directions.  Most of us are not going to follow the directions.  We are just going to go try the product and base our opinion on one trial.  I went the extra mile and followed the directions.

4:1 stands for the carbohydrate to protein ratio.  Carbs burn fast, giving you energy, and bind with the protein for faster recovery.  The protein helps the muscles rebuild and recover.

Generally speaking, cardio workouts should be followed with a 4:1 recovery drink while power or strength workouts should be followed with a 2:1 recovery drink.

This is the closest thing I have done to a clinical review.  I did before, during and after tests while maintaining a similar diet.  My base run is a 5.2 mile loop around the Coyote Hills regional park in Fremont, CA.  I always feel hot running in Fremont.  The temperature ranged from 80 to 95 degrees for my runs.  (Alameda temperatures range from 65 to 80 degrees.)

Day 1: A morning weight lifting session in the free weight room.  I did approximately 200 reps of various squats to really tear my legs up.  I mixed a generic recovery drink with 24 ounces of chocolate milk.

I drank half before the weights and half after I finished.  Then I went to work, drank 2 cups of coffee and went out for a lunch time run.  I did the base run at a pace of 8-9 minutes per mile with a heart rate of 140-150 bpm.

I was pretty miserable from the first step.  I felt sick to my stomach and I was thirsty.  I passed 3 water fountains and wanted to cry when I passed the third one.  When I finished the run, I did not want to drink any water or eat.  I was tired and sluggish for the rest of the afternoon.

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