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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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The Other Lean Protein

So you're a runner...and you're looking to improve that sexy physique of yours, right? Not that you aren't already stunning. And not only do you want to look better, you want to run better, to feel better! I hate sounding like a paranoid, underpaid salesperson, but have I got a deal for you! Actually I'd like to touch on a very important subject when it comes to any kind of athlete (with the exemption of golf, sorry Tiger). I'm talking about protein powder. At the words, "protein powder", many minds turn to an image of a bodybuilder in a skimpy loincloth flexing like his life depends on it. (Take Arnold Schwarzenegger for example) You also think of big burly guys pumping iron in the gym, carrying their shaker bottles as if it's a security blanket and looking quite ridiculously jacked. But yet a lithe distance runner never comes to mind, does it? Believe it or not, elite runners use whey protein as a key part in their nutrition. Take Ryan Hall, for example. He uses protein powder and Muscle Milk daily. Not that you care to know or anything, but his favorite flavor is actually cake batter.

 

Unless you live under a rock in the Sahara, you've heard of GNC. And, like any striving athlete (or fitness fanatic), you've all too often found yourself waltzing into the company store to browse. Browse? More like gape at the ridiculous prices. In most of GNC's stores, the protein powder is located in the back, stacked from floor to ceiling with tubs of the magic powder (definitely NOT a cocaine reference..). GNC is by far the largest distributor of products regarding sports nutrition, and has great stuff, albeit expensive. It has a great variety of protein powders, like whey, soy, egg, and casein. I'll admit, I shop at GNC from time to time, mainly to purchase the lotion....yeah, I know, what's the point? But honestly, the lotion is amazing..

 

 I personally am a firm believer in bananas and chocolate milk post run. But I was told that there's one little problem with that. Apparently the fact that the chocolate milk is a dairy product isn't that great. You see, running and dairy isn't the greatest combination, as it leads to bloating and terrible stomach cramps if you consume it pre run, or immediately after a run. As an avid runner, I never really deemed it necessary to use a protein supplement, I mean, after all, it's just running... Turns out that isn't the case. Sure, you can gobble eggs after a run for protein, or make some kind of Greek yogurt smoothie, but that's a tad inconvenient for those with busy schedules. That being said, I'm liking the idea of using a protein supplement, it's a fabulous and convenient way to get protein into one's diet without having to worry about having other certain foods on hand. I should point out that the protein powders WITH creatine aren't what you want to use as a distance runner. Sprinters, heavy lifters, and jumpers tend to use creatine in order to enhance performance and help them achieve bursts of strength. There's no scientific research that supports the idea of creatine benefiting those in endurance sports though. Nonetheless, protein is crazy important in a runner's diet, any athlete's diet really. It's what makes us last longer when our carbohydrate stores don't suffice. It repairs muscles and tissues, along with helping us to avoid that crash after a hard workout. Bottom line? I'd use it. Most servings pack 25 grams of protein, so go for it!

 

Happy Trails!

 

 

 

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