Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Saying Yes

The first time Josh and I adopted, it was all about what we wanted. We had three boys, and we wanted a girl. We had three kids and could not have anymore, and wanted another child in our family. We wanted a baby. We wanted a daughter. 

Then I stood in an orphanage in Vietnam. I saw cribs full of babies who weren't crying. I saw rooms full of older kids with disabilities, who seemed forgotten by the world. Something inside my heart and my soul shifted that day. It stopped being about me and my wants, and became about children… so VERY many children… who need love, stability, medical care, hope, and FAMILY. 

I have seen so many times in my own family and with the families I worked with the miracles that can happen in a child's life through adoption. And I have experienced the miracles, joy, and blessings that the rest of the family receives when adding a new child. 

A post I recently read on "No Hands But Ours" summed up perfectly how Josh and I feel. Here are a few parts that echo my thoughts and feelings -

"We say yes.  

We say yes to adoption.  
Not because we are

ready,
gutsy,
extra loving,
secure,
or financially capable.

We say yes to adopting medically complex children.
Not because we are
fearless,
equipped,
trained,
heroic,
or energetic.

We say yes to adopting multiple children.
Not because we have

an extra bedroom,
a big house,
a jumbo van,
an unlimited bank account,
or parenting expertise.

We say yes because the call is whispered, or downright shouted, into our hearts.
We say yes because we want a child. 
We say yes because we have love to give. 
We say yes because we prefer front row seats to God’s miracle work.
We say yes because we walk by faith, even when the future makes us quiver.

We’ll never feel adequate for the call.  The circumstances will never be quite right or the timing ideal.  But with hands open and palms up, we say yes anyway.  And another crib is emptied and new chapter written."

We certainly could have moved on with our lives and decided not to adopt  Lillian. We could have easily justified the decision… we already have a pretty full house and van, a full and busy life, and a mostly empty bank account most of the time. 

But we said yes. She desperately needs a family. And she is no longer just one of millions of orphans with bleak futures - she is very much wanted and already loved and cherished by us.  

So now along with jumping through seemingly endless, paperwork-hoops and trying to not go crazy with the wait to go get her, we are fundraising. The cost of adoption is what gave us pause, but ultimately we knew we weren't going to let that stop us and would find a way to make it work. We've applied for grants and loans, and have some great fundraisers in the works!

For anyone close by or for anyone who wants a great reason to come and visit, we are holding the "Love for Lillian" event - a 5k, pancake breakfast and silent auction on the morning of August 1. Some dear friends of ours have done most of the planning for this and we are so grateful! We have some amazing prizes donated and a super fun event planned. 


If you don't live nearby and still want to participate, the Giving Bead is doing a fundraiser for us. We earn $20 towards the $10,000 we have to raise for every bracelet sold. There are two options - the birthstone bracelet (customizable for moms, grandmothers, etc.) and the 23rd Psalm bracelet. They are beautiful and come packaged in a nice box. Here is the Psalm 23 bracelet - 


Here is the link to our fundraiser page on Giving Bead. If you order PLEASE USE THE CODE LILLIAN at checkout. :) And if you could share the link to the fundraiser I would be most grateful!

Last week Josh and I celebrated our 19th anniversary, and that day we got an update and some new pics of Lillian. That was the best gift ever! The doctor confirmed that she has no independent movement of her legs and still needs a shunt for the hydrocephalus, but she is doing very well overall. I cannot wait to have her in my arms.



This is my most favorite :)

And yes, this is still a running blog. :) I am running lots (and it certainly helps me deal with all of the adoption emotions!) The foot feels good as long as I stay on smooth ground and avoid rocks. It's a little tender if I step on anything, but is tons improved and running in good shoes on smooth terrain doesn't bother it at all. In fact I rocked a pretty awesome 20 miler on Saturday with the first 10 miles easy and the second 10 miles at 6:47 average pace. 8 weeks until the Suffolk Marathon!

Thanks to everyone who has already supported us in any way in bringing home our sweet Lily. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Running vs. Racing



First, THANK YOU to everyone for the sweet messages of support and happiness for us regarding our adoption news. It truly means a lot to me! We are SO excited to bring Lillian home as soon as we can. I have spent hours upon hours the past few weeks doing mountains of paperwork (hence the lack of blog posts) and have officially completed everything I need to. Now we are waiting on other people to do their part (I hate waiting…). I will keep you posted on the adoption progress!!!

So… this morning I raced a half marathon. Sort of. I bailed at mile 6. It is hard not to question myself now, but I know "intellectually" that it was the right (albeit sucky) decision.

We heard on Thursday that the county had "chip sealed" four miles of the course. If you have never heard of chip seal (I hadn't until we moved here), it is a way that they "pave" back country roads, in a way that is as cheap and easy as possible. Basically, they throw down a thick layer of tar and then throw down a super thick layer of rocks and gravel. Then as cars drive over the rocks and gravel, the rocks and gravel get compressed down into the tar and eventually the road gets smooth. It takes time. Under 48 hours is not enough.

Thinking that only four miles of the 13.1 were going to have the fresh chip seal, I gambled and wore my racing flats. Well, it turned out that the first 8+ miles were rocky. Somewhere around 2.5 miles I stepped on a large, sharp rock right on the ball of my foot. It got embedded into my shoe and I had to hop and then stop and pull it out. The foot hurt but I thought it would be ok and I kept going.


The problem was, there were so many more rocks and so much gravel. And every time the ball of my foot came down on anything not smooth, pain shot through my foot. I tried to run in the tire marks where the gravel was the thinnest, but there was just no good place to run. I got to the point that it hurt with every step. I still felt like if I could just make it to blacktop or concrete or ANYTHING smooth and rock-free I would be ok, but the rocks were never ending and the foot felt worse and worse.

Finally I walked and it hurt to walk. I jogged and it hurt to jog. I tried to run and it hurt to run.

Up until mile 4-5 I had been running easily in second place and everything else felt good. My average pace was 6:45, which was right on target. But my foot was hurting worse with every step. If this had been my goal race I would have pushed on at least for a few more miles, but with my goal race being in September I was afraid of causing a real injury, so when I saw Josh at mile 6 (and I had been walking and limping for half of a mile or so) I fell into his arms, cried, and then took a "ride of shame" back to the start/finish.

My goal was 1:29:00 ish. Last year I ran 1:31. The girl who won this year ran 1:33. Second place was 1:37.  The guy college runner who won this year won with 1:17, but won last year with 1:14.  My friend Lauri ran behind a guy that wiped out completely in the rocks.


That's where the point of the big rock was embedded in my shoe and the hole it left. These racing flats looked great before this started and only had low miles on them (and all had been on the track).


Don't you use frozen veggies to ice your bruised foot?

This race is usually one of my favorites and I have always run well at it. There were tons of friends and neighbors there which was fun and nice, but also made it that much harder to drop out. I don't have a lot of races to choose from here so I try to run the few local ones and travel for ones that are worth it.

Maybe if I had worn my heavier, more cushioned shoes I would have been fine. Maybe I should have sucked it up and pushed on until the pavement at mile 8.5 ish. Like I said, it's hard not to question myself now. The foot still hurts. It feels ok in padded shoes, but walking barefoot it hurts on the floor. I am hopeful it is just a bruise and will heal up fine with a couple of days of rest and ice.

What I do know, is that while my love for running is as deep and passionate as it has ever been, my love for racing has taken a beating. In fact, not only do I not love racing as of right now, I barely even like it. I have had a lot of BAD, disappointing, frustrating races. Stomach issues, horrible weather, unmarked courses, injuries, freaking rocks…  Maybe I have just been super unlucky. Maybe I have not chosen races well. Maybe I try too hard. Maybe I don't try hard enough. I don't know.

What I do know is that it is really hard to train so hard, and to want it so much, and to believe in yourself and go into something ready and confident and to put it all out there…. and to fail miserably. Over and over. I put in the work. I don't shortcut anything. I train hard on my hard days. I run easy on my easy days. I do all my strength and core work. I use the foam roller and stick every day. I eat right. I drag my butt out of bed at 4am every day. And I love the work.

 I used to be super confident when I raced. REALLY and truly confident. I used to enjoy it. I used to look forward to it. Now I have equal parts of excitement and dread. I am equal parts confident and doubtful.

My brain says….I know I can do it. I want to do it. I believe I can do it. I will do it. I am ready to do it. BUT… remember all those other times I didn't do it?? And each time I have a day like today… the doubt side grows a little and the confidence parts shrinks a little.

Just keeping it real here.

I have nine weeks until my marathon, so I clearly need an attitude adjustment. I need to find my faith in myself, my REAL confidence, and my love of racing. And since I will be traveling to China sometime between November and January and then bonding with a new little one (YAY!!!!) this will most likely be my last marathon (and even race) until next spring. There aren't really any races in Wyoming in the winter.

Deep down I want it more than ever. I want it for me, and I want it for all the people who support me and believe in me. Deep down I am more determined than ever. Deep down I do KNOW I can do it, and I believe that one of these races it will really come together and it will be all the sweeter because I did not give up and kept fighting even when things felt tough. Get knocked down 7 times, get up 8. I know, I know.

And I couldn't be more grateful for the love and support I got today from Josh, Ray, and some sweet friends. My life is big and full and wonderful and blessed, and running is just a piece of it - but I am not going to downplay it. Yes, of course other things are more important, but running is a very important piece of my life  to me.

Today I said screw it to the universe and got myself some french fries and a milkshake (I don't eat dairy or fries). I am icing and resting for at least the weekend.  Then I will pick myself back up and get back to it. Because I want to. And because I don't give up. And because deep down I know that love for racing is still there.


Friday, June 26, 2015

A Baker's Dozen (letting the cat out of the bag)

If there is one thing I have learned, it is that the biggest leaps in life bring the biggest blessings.

For the past couple of weeks I have been sitting on a pretty big secret… one that involved a lot of faith to "leap" and say yes, but one that has already filled our hearts with joy and excitement.

Introducing… 

Lillian Pamela Xuan Henderson.

Lucky 13.



Lillian is in China and she is two years old. She was born with severe Spina Bifida so she is paralyzed from the waist down, but we think she is perfect. We hope to get to bring her home in December. Right now we are doing all of the paperwork as fast as we can and fundraising with faith that it will all come together.  I can't wait to have her in my arms!!!

We chose the name Lillian because we love it, and Pamela is for my mom. :)

We haven't added to our family for six years, and I really thought that we were "done". (I can hear my Dad laughing as I type that…) Although I haven't worked in adoption for a few years, I am still very much connected to many adoption groups, agencies, etc. and I literally see children EVERY single day that are in desperate need of homes and families. They all pull on my heartstrings. All of them. I know I could love and care for any one of them. But the moment I saw Lillian it was different. She didn't just pull on my heartstrings. I knew she was mine. We weren't even planning on adopting again, but her sweet little face changed everything. Josh said as soon as he saw her picture he felt like he recognized her and he knew she was ours. 

The thought of going through all of the paperwork and finding a way to come up with all of the money we need was overwhelming, but from the moment we said "yes" we have seen many blessings and confirmations. We know that we were lead to find her and that she is meant to be our baby.

When I told my Mom about Lillian the first thing she said was, "your arms were made for caring for babies." I love that.

This does NOT change my running goals, plans, or dreams. I am just as committed to them as ever. My kids and Josh are always my priority so that doesn't change. I kept up my running through Noah's adoption and his early months with our family (which were very challenging with his health) so I am not worried. My racing plans will change some for the next year… I was planning on going to the Disney Marathon in January and Boston in April (I even registered for Disney!) but I will defer Disney for a year and stick to local races until Lillian is home and settled. I am still going to the Suffolk Marathon on Long Island in September because I am registered, my ticket is bought, and I get to see my parents (and we definitely won't be traveling to China that soon). 

Josh says she is our bonus to make it a baker's dozen. :)

Thanks for letting me share.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

200 miles the fun way!!!

My last post was on how to get your butt moving and keep it moving. While I haven't done the best job keeping my blog moving these last two weeks, I definitely have been keeping my butt moving. :) I also have been having a lot of fun with the kids and Josh. Yay for summer!

This weekend was one of my absolute favorite running experiences - RAGNAR!! This was my sixth year in a row participating in Ragnar Wasatch Back - the biggest and toughest of all the Ragnar relay races. The race is 200ish miles in the mountains in Utah. The course is TOUGH. It is at high elevation (6000-7000 feet much of the time) and takes you over not one, not two, but THREE mountain passes. You run up, you run down, You run on dirt. You run on roads. You run up some more. You run all day and all night. There are over 1000 teams and the start is staggered… teams start as early as 4am on Friday and start as late as 4pm on Friday. Once a team starts, one person from that team is always running, until you reach the finish!

To add to the challenge of running 200 miles at elevation over mountains, my team and I do it as an ultra team (6 runners) instead of the standard 12 person team. That means you are running twice as much, resting half as much, and having a whole lot of fun. Team S.P.U.R. (Six Psycho Ultra Runners) had a total blast.

Since, as the mother of a small herd, I drive a 15 passenger van everyday, we have the perfect vehicle for this adventure. This year we also had one of our runner's wives offer to be our driver which was GREAT because it meant that we, the exhausted runners, didn't have to take turns driving.

Josh has run this with me the last three years and couldn't get off from work this year which was a HUGE bummer and he was greatly missed!!! It was not the same without him. We did have a super team though - four girls and two guys, all from my small valley.

I ended up running 37 miles total, broken up into three runs. My first run was 15 miles and I started at 6am on Friday morning (I was runner number 1). My second run started around 7:30pm on Friday night and was 12.5 miles, including eight miles UP UP UP a mountain canyon. Then my third leg was about 9 miles and I started around 6:15am on Saturday. I was SUPER lucky because the weather was brutally hot during the day and I missed the worst of it. My teammates were troopers!!!!! This was the best I ever felt during a Ragnar, especially as part of an ultra team. I felt strong on all three runs, passed people like crazy, and just felt great. (Generation UCAN and EnduroPacks helped a ton!!!)

(I am really sorry to have to say that a man died during the race. He collapsed on his first run (six miles) on Friday morning. It wasn't too hot yet and he was only 46 years old and in good shape so I don't know the cause of death. It was very sad to hear about though and his family is in my prayers.)

I love Ragnar. One of the best things about it is that you see people of all ages, all abilities, all shapes and sizes, all out there together. There are family teams, business teams, school teams, women teams, men's teams, etc. There are teams decked out in costumes, teams there to race and compete, and teams there just hoping to finish. And everyone cheers for each other and supports each other. It's a giant running party. I said "good job" to everyone I passed, and did lots of encouraging and cheering. I befriended a girl and helped her finish strong on the last mile up the mountain. I talked to lots of people and was inspired by many.

Two of my boys (Shane and Ryan) were out there as part of a high school team. They had 12 boys from their track team and one awesome uncle and one wonderful mom that drove the two vans. They also had a super time AND were super fast.

I am bouncing back from my "Ragnar hang-over" (no sleep for almost 48 hours, 37 miles of running, living in a van for two days… it's tiring). The soreness has been minimal and my energy level was almost normal again today after two decent sleeps.

Here are some pics from our adventure!

Shopping for food to load up the van with and look what I found!
Decorating the van the night before the race
Getting ready to start my first run. Reflective vests and lights are mandatory between 8pm and 6:30am. The first leg starts on the track at Utah State, but then quickly heads up and over some major hills.
Finishing my 15 mile run (first run)
Hanging out in the van with Lauri
Ready to start run #2. It got dark really fast!
Getting the hand off from Ross. Love the 80's style slap bracelet.
DONE and DONE
Hot, dirty, tired, but still smiling :)
Stay tuned… more soon. :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How to get your butt moving and keep it moving (aka motivation)

I recently had someone ask me about motivation… about how I got so motivated and how I stay motivated no matter what life throws at me. I am definitely a very motivated person, but like anyone else I have days where I am more motivated than others. For me, the basis of my motivation is my commitment to myself and my goals and my determination to do my very best to achieve them.

Motivation
- the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something  (including yourself!)

- the condition of being eager to act or work

- a force or influence that causes someone to do something

Motivation is a funny thing. With running, some days, some weeks, some months, you can be bubbling over with motivation, and other times you find yourself scraping the bottom of the motivation barrel trying to get yourself out the door (or out of bed!)

There are lots of reasons that motivation can lag. Here are a few -

- other life stresses (work, family, friends, finances, etc.)

-  being tired overall

- disappointing race results

- overtraining

- boredom

- less than ideal weather (cold, heat, rain, humidity, wind… anything besides 55-65 and clear skies!) :)

- laziness (keeping it real here)

For as many reasons in life as there are for our motivation to lack, there are just as many ways to get it fired back up. The "cure" for one's lack of motivation is largely based on the cause, but here are a few ideas!!

- Take a break. If you are overtired, overtrained or overstressed, forcing your running will likely do more harm than good and end in total burnout or injury. Sometimes a week or two of no running (or more if necessary) is just the ticket to get you missing it, feeling refreshed, and really WANTING to run again.

- Create habits and routine. If you get out of bed every day at the same time knowing that your running clothes and shoes are laid out and waiting for you, it becomes habit and not just something you do if you feel like it or get around to it. Plan, prepare, and make routines that make it easier to get it done on the days your motivation is lacking. 

- Try something new! If you run the same loop most days, run a new route. Or try running on the track or on the trails. A new place to run can shake things up and make it more fun and exciting. 

- Remind yourself of how great you feel when you finish a run. That only way to get that feeling is to get started. :)

- Find someone to run with, or a whole bunch of someones. A running buddy or a training group can be super motivating as it is a lot harder to skip a run when you know that there is someone waiting for you. And having someone to chat with can push you and make the miles go by a lot more quickly.

- Sign up for a race! Having a goal race to train for is very motivating and holds you accountable to getting your training done. 

- Set a goal. A goal that you set should be meaningful to you, and it does not have to be time-based. It can be a goal to maintain a certain mileage base, to lose five pounds, to run a race in every state, to raise money for a charity, or pretty much anything you can think of. 

- Go shopping. :) Sometimes a new pair of running shoes, a new running gadget, some new running music, or a bright pair of shorts are enough to get you excited about a run.

- Hire a coach! (I have a few open spots if anyone is interested). A coach can not only help you train smart so you feel good and don't overtrain, but they can also give you new workouts to keep your training interesting/exciting, challenge you in new ways, hold you accountable, encourage you when you need it, help you reach your goals, and get you back on track if you slip. 

- Remember why you started in the first place. Why did you go on that first run? To lose weight? To get in shape? To train for a race? To get out of the house? To challenge yourself? To find yourself? Remember your own personal why.

Those are some of my tips to stay motivated. How do you find your motivation when it is lacking?








Thursday, June 4, 2015

Still Alive!

I am still alive!

And Hallelujah today was the last day of school!! In the past two weeks I have successfully survived seemingly countless concerts, programs, plays, ceremonies, meetings. team dinners, celebrations, etc. etc. etc. as well as two trips (over three hours of driving each way) to Utah for appointments for the kids at Primary Children's. I am ready for a break!!

We also had a birthday! Amanda turned 14. :) She is my "tiny but mighty" and I sort-of joke that she could run the house if I let her.


AND, Shane became the STATE CHAMP in the 800m and set a new school record!!!!!! He ran a 1:55!! His 4x800m team also won the state title and he took third at state in both the 3200m and in the 1600m. Two state titles and two third place finishes… not too shabby for a freshman. Oh, and he finished his first year of high school with a 4.0 GPA.



This is a running blog so it's easy to brag about Shane, but all of the kids did really well this year and I couldn't be a prouder mom. Some other highlights from the kids finishing up the school year today - Ryan also worked hard and had a good season in track and finished his junior year with a 3.8 GPA. Destinee finished her junior year and got voted as president of her elite singing group for next year. Ben had an awesome first year of soccer and finished his freshman year also with a 4.0 GPA. Maggie and Amanda finished seventh grade with straight A's, lots of friends, and getting quite good on violin and viola. Amanda also ran track and even though she is the tiniest one out there, she works really hard!! Marcus and Belane finished fifth grade with great grades and great attitudes. Belane started the violin this year and Marcus started the trumpet. Shorty finished third grade with super grades and got voted "funniest in the class". And Noah finished Kindergarten! The kid who we were told would probably never even sit up without support, walked off the bus today almost all by himself and waved and said "bye bye" to his bus driver. He has made incredible progress this year.

 And I am so so happy it is SUMMER and we can enjoy some down time as a family. AND… since I don't need to be home from my runs by 6:30-ish nowI get to sleep an hour later most mornings. YAY!!!!!!!

Running is going well. I took it easy for two weeks to fully recover from Ogden and this week I have been easing back into real training. On Saturday I did a 16 miler with the last three miles in 6:36, 6:31, and 6:26. Then yesterday I did a 14 miler with 8x45 seconds pick ups worked into the run and then a two mile tempo at the end in 6:24 and 6:16.

In two weeks I will be running Ragnar Wasatch Back as part of our ultra team!! This will be my sixth Ragnar in a row and I look forward to it every year. This year is a little bit of a bummer because Josh couldn't get off of work to run with us. It has been awesome to share the weekend and race with him the past two years and I will miss him! The good news is my dear friend Jenny will be with us for the first time in a few years so I am super excited about that. I will be running just over 35 miles in 24 hours. It's always tough but it's a ton of fun.

After Ragnar I will be running the Star Valley Half Marathon again on July 11, a local 5k the first weekend in August, and then the Suffolk County Marathon on Sept. 13. The Suffolk County Marathon is a first year race and has the potential to be warmer/more humid than ideal,  BUT, the timing is great, the course looks good, the race literally runs through my parents' town, and  I will have tons of family/friends/support. I will be running double days consistently this summer to get in some afternoon miles and get as acclimated as I can to running in warmer weather just in case. Here is an article about me and the race

So, that is what I have been up to. Now that things are slowing down I will post more often. I have a few posts floating around in my head I want to get written asap, so more soon.

I leave you for now with this, which I really needed this week. :)


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fueling before, during and after your runs

Many aspects of running and training require trial and error to figure out what works best for you. You can get good advice on a starting point, but then you have to try something, see how it works, and continue to "tweak" until you get it just right. One of the areas that this is especially true is fueling. What to put into your body before, during, and after you run/race to make your body perform at it's very best is very individual.

I have struggled with fueling pretty much since I started running. I have a ridiculously sensitive GI system. I have many symptoms of IBS and food allergies and sensitivities. If I overeat or eat too late, my run in the early morning is guaranteed to require multiple pitstops.  I cannot eat any solid food before a run or race… even if I get up and eat it 3-4 hours before I start running. So knowing this, I tend to not eat enough, and then crash and burn in races. Often I can get away with less in training runs but it isn't enough in races.

So I needed to find a way to get in what my body needs, without it being too much and leading to GI problems.

When I started using GENERATION UCAN I knew I was moving in the right direction. It is a slow burning carb, so instead of the shorter-lived insulin spikes you get with many of the gels and other fueling products, the UCAN lasts longer and keeps your insulin levels much more even (no spike and crash).  It has never bothered my stomach and works well as a preface meal replacement. It's really good stuff. :)

After trying out different strategies for best using UCAN and talking with some other marathoners, I think I finally came up with my perfect fueling strategy. I mixed three scoops of tropical orange UCAN with water  and sipped on half of that starting from when I woke up until I was ready to start my warm up. Then when I had about 45 minutes until the race start I drank the second half of the UCAN. I felt well-fueled but not "full" which was perfect. Then I took three Powerbar gels with caffeine throughout the race (at about miles 7, 14 and 21) and just sipped water from aid stations. I finally have my "grab-pinch-sip-drop" routine down perfectly for aid station drinking and don't have to stop running to get in a good sip or two of water. This combination has worked great for me! I also drink the chocolate UCAN as a recovery drink shortly after every run and race (and then eat a full breakfast about an hour later).

If you want to read more on how runners use UCAN successfully you can read here. And if you want to purchase some UCAN, you can use this link to get a 10% discount!!

Another important part of my fueling is EnduroPacks. EnduroPacks is a daily system of vitamins and minerals that are designed for endurance athletes to help keep us healthy and to help us recover faster from our training. EnduroPacks include four products which are sold as a set in one month supplies. The four products are a liquid multi-vitamin, a concentrated electrolyte spray, Essential Amino-Acid patches, and L-Glutamine Recovery Complex. All four products are all-natural, gluten-free, and GMO-Free products, manufactures in the U.S. with only Organic and 100% Vegetarian ingredients.

You can find more details about the EnduroPacks system here, but in a nutshell you take the liquid multi-vitamin every morning, you add the concentrated electrolyte spray to your water or sports drink, you wear one Amino-Acid patch (which helps replenish muscles, increase lung function, and boost immune system performance) for 4-8 hours each day, and you take the Glutamine Recovery Complex (which replenishes nitrogen loss due to intense muscle training, speeds up recovery and reduces soreness) each night. I thought it might be complicated, but it was very easy to get into a routine and I had no trouble remembering to use my EnduroPacks products. The only additional supplements I take are Iron and a probiotic.

If you want to try EnduroPacks now, The promo code "MEMORIAL30" is good for 30% off of a 1-month pack from now through Monday, May 25 (the code will work all day Monday).You can also use the code "FULLHOUSEMOM" for 15% off your order anytime.  You can shop here!

Have you tried Generation UCAN or EnduroPacks? 

What fueling strategies and products work for you?