Three Short Cut Runners Should Avoid by Alex Hutchinson

The Shortcut: Reactive Recovery

It's easy to take painkillers to block training-related aches, but this habit doesn't address the muscle weaknesses that may be causing your pain. Other recovery tools like compression garments and ice baths may have benefits, but they're still just short-term Band-Aids.

The Shortcut: Training Supplements

In theory, taking a multivitamin or a dietary supplement targeted at athletes as a form of “insurance” makes sense—after all, no one eats perfectly all the time. But there's scant evidence that these supplements actually boost health or performance, and some studies have found that large doses of antioxidant supplements like vitamin C can interfere with muscle recovery and endurance gains during training.

The Shortcut: Energy Boosters

There's no doubt that caffeine is an effective performance-enhancer, not to mention an essential part of day-to-day life for many runners. But there's a subtle distinction to bear in mind: Caffeine helps to mask the feeling of fatigue, but it doesn't actually make you any more rested.




Advocare O2

I, like most of you, enjoy a good run but I dread the recovery sometimes. This dread is greater as the older I get because it feels as though the recovery time takes longer and longer. So a friend of mine turned me on to Advocare products. I started out with the SPARK energy drinks and meal replacement shakes. About a month ago, I decided to take the Advocare O2. I will be the first to tell you that the muscle recovery period was greatly reduced and I was able to sustain my energy level for longer periods of time. Now it won’t make you run faster but it has helped me not feel like I’m 80 plus years old after every run. Below is an excerpt from their website explaining the benefits from this product.

  • Helps facilitate the body’s use of oxygen*
  • Helps restore vitality and liveliness*
  • Helps the body adapt to stress*
  • Increases oxygenation to cells*
  • Helps increase and maintain energy levels*
  • Supports muscle building and recovery*
  • Provides antioxidant activity to counter the effects of free radicals*
  • Supports the body’s immune system*
  • Contains easily digestible whey protein