After my 10-mile run on Saturday afternoon, I am officially in taper mode. My Team in Training coaches have assured the group that your fitness level can’t improve in the two weeks before a race. Trying to push it during that time only increases the chance of injury. So, until April 27, I’m done with double-digit runs.
Since Saturday was my last chance to try a new fuel routine on a long run, I put my X2PERFORMANCE supplement to the test. I explained in this post that the supplement is meant to naturally increase energy, enhance endurance, and improve recovery. I was curious to see what effect it would have my long run. If it helped, I would plan to use it on race day. But it’s important to figure out your fuel routine before the big day.
I’ll admit that I was nervous about the instruction to consume the 2 oz bottle on an empty stomach 30 minutes before activity. I’m used to eating a snack around that time and didn’t want to entirely skip it. I compromised and ate a light snack one hour before my run, then drank the supplement 30 minutes before leaving. It didn’t taste as bad as I expected. I can be grossed out by anything that tastes like medicine, but the supplement has a very sweet citrus taste. I drank it with water, finished getting my gear together, and was ready to go.
Increased Energy – During the 30 minutes before my run, I kept trying to figure out whether I felt more energetic. I rarely drink coffee and never have energy drinks, so I was afraid I might get jittery. I didn’t feel more energetic until I started to run. Typically, the first three miles of my run are tough, and I find my rhythm by the fourth mile. This time, I felt energetic from the start and was still able to keep an even pace.
Enhanced Endurance – My energy level was consistent for the first eight miles. I kept my pace and was busy enjoying the sunshine and breeze coming off the Hudson. The last two miles were rough. I didn’t feel a crash in my energy, but my pace gradually slowed. I had to stop to stretch and grab another drink of water. I’ll have to try the supplement again to see whether the lack of endurance was a coincidence.
Improved Recovery – I’m writing this post a few hours after my run, and I feel great. After my first few 10-milers, I crashed when I got home. As soon as I ate, I needed a nap. Today, I don’t feel nearly as tired. I could use a good foam roll but otherwise feel like my energy has returned. I’m hoping this will mean that I’m not too sore tomorrow, so I can get in another intense workout in this beautiful weather.
Overall, I’m a fan of X2PERFORMANCE. I plan to test it out at least once more before deciding whether to use it on race day. I think the supplement would be worth taking just to start my race with more energy, as long as I don’t crash three-quarters of the way through. Have you ever tried a similar supplement? If you want to see what X2PERFORMANCE can do for your training, you can order a free sample (+ cost of shipping) using my referral link. Let me know what you think!
NOTE: X2PERFORMANCE provided me with this product and is compensating me for my review, as part of their Spring Ambassador Campaign. All opinions are my own.