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RLBlunt8384 Amateur 20 posts since
Jan 7, 2014
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Jan 10, 2014 7:24 PM


Does anybody recomend any suplements to help with long distance runnin?  GNC and Vitamin shop where recomending NO2 Black and this other stuff called VO2 max.  I am already taking vitamins.  Has anybody tried any of this other stuff or is it better just to eat right and drink lots of water?

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    1. Jan 10, 2014 9:43 PM (in response to RLBlunt8384)

    Personally I don't use them or recommend them.  It's hard to tell, or even find out, exactly what's in them.  Some of them contain substances that are banned by USATF and other race sanctioning bodies.  Even the pros often don't know.  An example:  Eat a good diet, and stay hydrated.


  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    2. Jan 11, 2014 7:03 AM (in response to lenzlaw)



    I neither use them or recommend them; hydration and a good diet is all your body needs. 

    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • pj29340 Amateur 24 posts since
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    3. Jan 21, 2014 4:19 PM (in response to RLBlunt8384)

    The only " supplement " I am currently using is a whey protein drink but when I increase my strength training I plan on adding creatine.

  • Julie Ann Hackett Legend 226 posts since
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    4. Jan 23, 2014 9:02 AM (in response to RLBlunt8384)

    I've tried lots of supplements and didn't find any difference in my performance.  I agree with the advice to eat a well balanced diet and stay hydrated.

  • myka34 Rookie 3 posts since
    Mar 7, 2016
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    5. Mar 7, 2016 1:12 AM (in response to RLBlunt8384)

    This may or may not count to some people but I've recently started taking GNC's Women's Ultra Mega Active Multivitamin. Never tried this kind before but I've recently (just this year) increased my average mileage from 6 - 12 miles a week to 20 - 35 miles a week. I have taken their Women's Hair, Skin, and Nails formula and it definitly works!


    Other than that I am super skeptical about supplements. I've read too many scientific reviews that say they are a waste of money and they don't work (in fact in some cases they can end up hurting). And you'll notice that people who swear by a particular supplement don't really need it if they have good fitness program and are eating clean. I think it's a placebo effect for these particular people. But hey! Whatever works for them. I prefer to save my money. Some supplements are just ridiculously EXPENSIVE!

  • messiAl Rookie 6 posts since
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    6. Mar 16, 2016 3:31 AM (in response to RLBlunt8384)

    I never recommend it. If you're looking for a general rule of thumb for nutrition consumption during your runs: You should take in 4 to 6 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes during your runs. If you are running faster than 8-minute miles should drink 6 to 8 ounces every 20 minutes. During longer workouts (90 minutes or more), some of your fluid intake should include a sports drink  to replace lost sodium and other minerals. The carbohydrates and electrolytes in the sports drink also help you absorb the fluids faster. This is enough for you.

  • AmeliaWillson Rookie 3 posts since
    Mar 21, 2016
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    7. Mar 21, 2016 9:51 PM (in response to RLBlunt8384)

    Well, a long distance runner can get all the nutrition from whole foods. One can use Omega3 for inflammation and also can add calcium to keep your bones healthy and strong.

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