The tangible good that I found was clearly by way of running my first ever sub 3:05 marathon (a personal best) as well as running a personal best in the 5k three weeks later after not “training” for that distance. Along with the training plan for my sub 3:05 marathon I gave much kudos and credit to the information that Inside Tracker provided me. As they say “knowledge is power”.
So let’s move forward from that time in December to last week when I visited a local Lab Corp here in Sacramento to get my blood drawn up for my next set of Inside Tracker analysis, this time using all 30 bio-markers. Last time I did a Do It Yourself (DIY), where I had blood work through my doctor done and inputted the information myself onto the Inside Tracker website. The drawing of the blood got me in and out of there within 10 minutes, such a quick process for such powerful information.
Within 2 days I received an email from Inside Tracker telling me that my results are in and posted on the website through my personal account.
The process of knowing what I need to take in more of and less of was amazing. In fact there is so much information it takes time to really process the information. However, unlike other things this information is all very useful and specific to ME! I think everyone can agree that we are all unique individuals, some like trails, some like roads, some like marathons others like 5ks … when it comes to training some say they need high volume (like myself), while others argue that too many miles would break them down before the race. So when it comes to nutrition why do we think we can cookie cut what we consume. Not everyone needs the same food or same amounts to achieve their optimal levels to perform athletically and most importantly live healthy.
While scanning my newest results, I quickly checked my Inner Age … what my test results suggest I am in comparison to my chronological age. To find out that my inside was 10 years younger than my actual age had me shocked and excited! What I have been doing has kept me training like I was 10 years younger!
Then I moved to check out my levels / bio-markers that were labeled red, meaning I was high on. This was probably my most interesting find for me. Luckily I only had one in the red, that being my B12. I have been taking B12 supplements over the last 3 months after cutting out coffee on a daily basis. I started getting head aches when I removed coffee from my morning routine. I never thought I could have too much of a supplement, this is probably pretty common for most people, we get into a routine and just take supplements daily like a daily vitamin. What I found was that my B12 level was VERY VERY high, so I immediately stopped taking my B12 supplements and started to look at my other forms of nutrition that already had B12 in them.
After the high level of B12, I decided to start checking out where I was in the green (optimal levels). I had a high number of bio-markers that made me happy and excited to know that I am in these optimal levels. A total of 13 individual and group bio-markers were in the green. Below are the ones that were tested in the optimal level.
Once in the yellow level, I noticed that my glucose had moved into the green and reached optimal levels since my last test back in November. This is one of the levels I specifically focused on with making better choices in my nutrition based on the recommendations on that test.
Now I knew what I was getting too much off, where I was with my optimal levels, I was time to see what I need to add and work on to get to the optimal level … This time I looked and spent a lot of time on the yellow areas (low).
The hemoglobin is one that I focused in on back in November and saw that my levels were raising based on the recommendations. This is one my continued focus markers because hemoglobin in short is responsible for oxygen transport, a key thing for endurance athletes.
With the aging process, I have read that testosterone can decrease, with 5 years away from 40, I know this is something that I need to increase to help with the on going athletic performance goals I have.
There can never be too much information when it comes to nutrition because no matter how hard we workout, if we aren’t fueling correctly then we will never achieve our true potentials. With the specific goal of running a sub 3 in the marathon this coming July, I will heavily rely on my nutrition to keep me going when I start my 18 week training cycle, where I will also be kicking up the mileage as well as working with a strength coach twice a week which is a new step I am taking with marathon training.
Disclaimer, I was provided the Ultimate Inside Tracker test at a discounted rate in exchange for sharing my experience on my blog. All views and comments are strictly my own and not influenced by Inside Tracker or their employees.
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