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The Asics Noosa FF 2 is a smooth fitting race or training ready shoe with a design focused for triathletes. Several Asics specific tech features make this shoe a comfortable choice for most runners. This shoe is built for triathletes, but would still feel like a solid shoe for runners as well. This is my racing shoe, and what I use for sprints and hill sprints. I will also wear nothing else on a treadmill as it feels too heavy for me. This has been my favourite shoe since day 1, that I have it in 2 colours now.
After a few months of owning these, still the most beautiful colour to look down to while running. I wear these on my longer road runs, 45min or longer. I would describe it to “running on clouds” and “running on marshmallows compared to the Noosa’s. I do not like a heavy shoe at all, and I find this is a nice balance between a light shoe and a durable shoe for longer runs.
My dynaflyte’s will always have a special place in my heart, because I got them while at the Asics frontrunner conference in Amsterdam and ran all over Europe with them. The front runners were in love with this shoe, and so was I! Nice, soft and comfortable. I run in them maybe once a week, it’s a bit softer and not as durable as the cumulus, but as a trainer these are my work shoes. Easy to wear with everything, and soft enough to be on your feet with the whole day.
Below is my current supplement stack to aid my recovery and provide my body with high-quality nutrition to improve performance. I have recently started to drastically increase my running training and with my resistance training still going strong, I can take all the help I can get. This by no means substitutes my whole food meals, but only add to them. This is what, when and why I take the supplements.
Whey protein – I take as my afternoon snack, especially if my protein has been low for the day, as I’m currently trying to build lean muscle.
This product has negligible levels of carbohydrates and is easily absorbed to to provide your body with the necessary building blocks (amino acids) for building and recovering muscle. It also helps to keep me full/satisfied for longer.
Alpha overhaul recovery – My morning recovery drink that I drink with my breakfast after my run. The chocolate option, tastes like chocolate mousse, and I actually look forward to having this after my run. To aid in recovery.
The mixture of protein (20g) and carbohydrates (9.68g) is perfect for delivering amino acids and energy to my muscles and liver to refill the energy stores and initiate the rebuilding/adaptation process i.e. making the muscle stronger and fitter.
Pre amino energy – Only taken if I gym after work to give me that extra energy and pump when the after work slump hits and you would much rather skip the gym and go home…
The usual ingredients for a pre-workout is present, with a relative low dosage of stimulants (such as caffeine) which works well with the amino-part. The selected amino acids helps to enhance the effect of the stimulants and also produce a powerful anabolic response on their own. With the Citrulline and Arginine opens the blood vessels the provide more blood to the muscle, hence increased oxygen and nutrients. In addition, Beta-alanine is proven to increase strength
BCAA stack – I drink this during training when I gym, a nice little flavoured cool drink is what is tastes like. Also to aid in recovery.
BCAA, in a abbreviation for branched chained amino acids and refers to L-leucine, L-valine, L-isoleucine. These amino acids are known as essential amino acids and needs to be taken in endogenously. The BCAA stack is known to protect muscle and increase muscle anabolism/build-up. However, recently it was shown to rather opt for Whey protein and “full” proteins as your main source of amino acids and add BCAA on top of that. But, extra amino acids is highly beneficial if you struggle with taking in protein.
Ultra pure L-Glutamine – I add this to my BCAA’s or my Alpha overhaul recovery to reduce sore muscles and to support my immune system.
L-Glutamine is one of the 20 amino acids and is thought to improve muscle recovery or be a anti-catabolic agent. This might be true, but there is more solid research to support the use of glutamine for healthy immune system and intestinal system. Therefore it does indeed improve overall health and may be highly beneficial for individuals focusing on endurance sports.
High performance energy bar – Daily snack I pack with me where ever I go, in case hunger strikes. It tastes very good, I have offered it to so many people while camping over the holidays and everyone loved it! (NB this is not a protein bar, but an energy bar)