I’m excited to announce that I am a now an Ignite Naturals Ambassador and Athlete. Why Team Ignite? It comes down to my desire to fuel for optimal performance, and to do it with healthy, natural ingredients!
One principal that I have adopted in my training philosophy is that to achieve premium performance the body requires premium fuel! Now, there has been a lot of studies done about fueling and nutrition for marathon training, and while I am not a scientist, nutritionist, or dietitian, I think most will agree that what a person / athlete puts in their body has an affect on their training, performance, etc. My personal experience using the Nutribullet showed me what I was capable of when properly fueled. More quality training miles led to fitness gains, those fitness gains led to better performance. My experience training with Team Nutribullet helped me to achieve one of my major goals as a runner, one that was always elusive and seemingly unattainable for me, qualifying for The Boston Marathon!
There is something about reaching a difficult goal that helps to build confidence. After the LA Marathon I decided to try for a new 5k PR, and in the process try for another goal that has been elusive to me, running a sub 18. Though I finished shy of my ‘A’ Goal (18:07), I came close enough that I shattered any notion that I cannot achieve a goal that I have in my mind. I believe I can, and will go further! While I have come closer than ever to performing to my full potential, I don’t think I’m anywhere close to hitting my limits. In fact, one saying that I share with others, and truly believe is that the only limits we have, are the ones we put upon ourselves!
As a member of Team Ignite Naturals, I’m joining a group of founding endurance athletes, nutrition specialists and doctors who are obsessed with revolutionizing sports nutrition using real food ingredients. Ignite Naturals products include everything from hydration products, pre-workout nutrition, energy gels, recovery products and so much more. I can chalk up my recent successes to my training and key workouts. In a given training week I run hills, track repeats and speed work, tempo runs, progressive paced and long slow distance runs. Quality workouts takes energy, it also takes its toll on the body and this is where nutrition, hydration, fueling and recovery products come in.
For sure my daily Nutribullet blasts have played a huge part, but experiencing the benefits of proper nutrition has led me to make other changes in my diet as well, being more conscious about the things I put into my body and strategic about fueling. I don’t want to neglect anything that will allow me to train my hardest, perform my best, and be ready to do it again the next day. I also don’t want to put just anything in my body. Honestly, I have been reluctant in the past to use supplements. It seems that just as often as there’s a new magic supplement, there is a new harmful ingredient discovered. I much rather use a product with Natural Ingredients!
From here on out, I will continue to push my limits, strive to set new PR’s and break down more barriers to redefine what’s possible for me!