I was contacted by Runners’ High Nutrition with an offer to try their Race Primer Endurance Performance Enhancer. I’ll be honest; I agreed but was very skeptical. I’ve always viewed these nutrition supplements which promise improved energy and faster race times with an eye toward the snake oil salesmen of the past. But I thought what the heck, it’s free, I’ll give it a go.
What is Race Primer? From their Website: Race Primer increases blood flow by dilating the blood vessels through increased Nitric Oxide (NO) in the blood. This vasodilation means more blood is able to pump through the veins to deliver fuel to the muscles faster along with increasing the speed at which waste products can be removed. This is made even more effective by increasing the stroke volume of the heart for increased cardiac output.(3) Your cardiovascular system will be working on overdrive with a higher VO2max and your muscles will reap the rewards.
90% of all my training runs are done after work and after an hour plus commute, so the norm for me is to feel a bit under-powered. The recommended time to take Race Primer is 30-45 minutes before a workout, this fit perfect into my drive home routine. Before departing work I mixed up a serving stuffed it in my lunch bag and drank it on my ride home. I did this for a week solid including on the weekend before my normal long runs. After the first week was up I thought, “well it’s not really doing anything for me.” Then the following Tuesday I forgot to drink my ride home serving. Arriving home I geared up and headed out for a 7 mile run. During that run I felt under-powered and not mentally alert. It hit me…this stuff works.
How does it do this?
Again from their web site: Race Primer’s focused approach at countering the limiters of endurance exercise (VO2max, lactate threshold, blood volume and flow, and cardiac output) makes it highly effective.
Now I can’t say this mix will turn you or I into a Boston Qualifier, or a Western States 100 winner you’ve still got to work hard for that. Although I do feel this supplement will allow you to maximize your workouts and isn’t that what we are all after.
It has for me!