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Enduro Packs Review

Like many athletes, I’ve spent my endurance career searching for that magic formula that will optimize my training, help me recover faster, and perform better on race day. My coach has me dialed in on heart rate zone training and periodization, I measure my heart rate variability every morning, my diet’s clean, but there’s still that desire for an added edge.

Supplements have always fascinated me. I’m willing to try anything once, but finding the right combination and dosage can be difficult and potentially dangerous. At one point I was stacking too many products at once causing internal overload. A metabolic test showed my liver enzymes to be working overtime and alarmingly out of range. I now have my blood work done quarterly.

Having recently had my blood drawn and knowing from where to set a baseline, I was willing to give the Enduro Packs 30-day sample pack a try. While all the numbers were within range at the end of the trial period, what I appreciate most is how quickly I recovered. Hemocrit numbers even looked great considering 40-49 is optimal for endurance athletes.

The protocol itself is extremely easy to follow and portable when travelling to events. The Liquid Multivitamin which is to be taken daily is delicious. It’s sweetened with xylitol which perked my initial interest because it’s something recommended by my dentist since I’m a candy fiend. I did have better bio-absorption success when taken with food than on an empty stomach. This was evident by the faintly neon urine I noticed when I had not taken it with food.

The Concentrated Electrolyte Spray has a faint hint of lemon-lime and while I honestly didn’t notice any pros or cons during training, I did seem to be adequately hydrated. I really appreciated the Essential Amino Recovery Patch which delivers nutrients transdermally because of its convenience. The recommended placement is the forearm or stomach and I felt no tingling as I’d expected, nor did I experience any kind of rash. Finally, two Glutamine Recovery Complex pills are to be taken every night to support recovery which leads me back to HRV.

Two weeks into the sample I ran the Bandera 25K which is regarded as one of the nastiest trail races in Texas. The weather was hot for January so I didn’t press too hard, but what I noticed while on course was how much I actually enjoyed the race even as a cold weather runner. Although the conditions were much better than the year before (wet and muddy), I managed to rattle off a 30 minute PR! What was most surprising, however, was how good I felt in the morning – no muscle soreness. I’d guessed I would need to take a full recovery day judging from the Total Stress Score, but HRV said I could put in some light work – a 10K shake out.

Upon completion of the trial, I would recommend the pack simply for its ease of use, portability, and convenience. For consumers who are hesitant about proper dosages, I assure you that there’s no guesswork. Remember that results aren’t instantaneous and you must be diligent in its daily application. Perceived soreness and HRV didn’t lie since I definitely felt that I’d recovered quickly and was able to resume training.

Finally, while it was a week outside of when the trial period ended, I’d saved one dose to get me through pacing my teammate’s wife for the Austin Marathon. Luckily the week without continuity was taper week. I managed to sleep well post-race and while it was difficult to go up and down stairs the next day, I still got in the gym for a moderate spin session to flush everything out and take Yoga for Athletes.

For the record, I’m a fan of women’s #trailrunning! #BigPistachioRacing takes its signs seriously, right @jagrush? #dirttrailsandponytails #gofastoridropthesign

Photo Credit: @etruslow

For the record, I’m a fan of women’s #trailrunning! #BigPistachioRacing takes its signs seriously, right @jagrush? #dirttrailsandponytails #gofastoridropthesign

Photo Credit: @etruslow

Watched the #BigPistachioRacing Junior Nut team race in South Dallas this morning. These lil dudes are so freaking awesome! #NTFU #Inspired #triathlon #kidstri #proudracingteamdirector (at Elizabeth Milburn Park)

Watched the #BigPistachioRacing Junior Nut team race in South Dallas this morning. These lil dudes are so freaking awesome! #NTFU #Inspired #triathlon #kidstri #proudracingteamdirector (at Elizabeth Milburn Park)

Good luck to all my friends and teammates past and present running the #HTCRelay this weekend! #BigPistachioRacing would be there, but <insert any lame excuse>. #throwbackthursday #texasindependencerelay #tbt

Good luck to all my friends and teammates past and present running the #HTCRelay this weekend! #BigPistachioRacing would be there, but <insert any lame excuse>. #throwbackthursday #texasindependencerelay #tbt

The red caution flags are up on the beach and it looks like the Commodore has called this evening&#8217;s #SUPrace on account of the #sharknado brewing behind me. #SUP #SUPcamp #thundergods #bummer (at Long Lake)

The red caution flags are up on the beach and it looks like the Commodore has called this evening’s #SUPrace on account of the #sharknado brewing behind me. #SUP #SUPcamp #thundergods #bummer (at Long Lake)

As luck would have it, Captain Ali was available to be my teammate for the #Legendary #Suitjama #SUPcamp #Paddleboat Regata! #suitup #pinstripe #purple (at Long Lake)

As luck would have it, Captain Ali was available to be my teammate for the #Legendary #Suitjama #SUPcamp #Paddleboat Regata! #suitup #pinstripe #purple (at Long Lake)

The Motto of #SUPcamp: I don&#8217;t always dress up when I&#8217;m on my #SUP board, but when I do, I wear my #Legendary #Suitjamas. #suitup #truestory #HIMYM #pinstripe #laird @surftechsup  (at Long Lake)

The Motto of #SUPcamp: I don’t always dress up when I’m on my #SUP board, but when I do, I wear my #Legendary #Suitjamas. #suitup #truestory #HIMYM #pinstripe #laird @surftechsup (at Long Lake)

1. #RiseAndShine: 7-mile #run around the lake.
2. #WitnessTheFitness: 5 rounds. @thebettyrocker &amp; @etruslow would give me crap if I didn&#8217;t get after it, but definitely bummed I missed #SpeedShred.
3. #Suitjama #SUPcamp: Wasn&#8217;t quite #legendary, but it was a great first day on the water and nice to be reunited with my @surftechsup #Laird board. (at Long Lake)

1. #RiseAndShine: 7-mile #run around the lake.
2. #WitnessTheFitness: 5 rounds. @thebettyrocker & @etruslow would give me crap if I didn’t get after it, but definitely bummed I missed #SpeedShred.
3. #Suitjama #SUPcamp: Wasn’t quite #legendary, but it was a great first day on the water and nice to be reunited with my @surftechsup #Laird board. (at Long Lake)

This very accurately represents #BigPistachioRacing&#8217;s trip to #Shithammeredsville Nationals. The new members signed the #SacredScroll, experienced the power of Rule #2, and the Captain of the #JuniorNut team #shotgunned a Coke! In the words of the @eliyoungband, I got a little drunk last night. #TrueStory #NTFU #Inspire #Ibuprofen #FitFarm

This very accurately represents #BigPistachioRacing’s trip to #Shithammeredsville Nationals. The new members signed the #SacredScroll, experienced the power of Rule #2, and the Captain of the #JuniorNut team #shotgunned a Coke! In the words of the @eliyoungband, I got a little drunk last night. #TrueStory #NTFU #Inspire #Ibuprofen #FitFarm

Good Morning #Austin&#8230; I hope everyone has a wonderful #SundayFunday! #downtown #kayak #daylight #water  (at Lady bird lake)

Good Morning #Austin… I hope everyone has a wonderful #SundayFunday! #downtown #kayak #daylight #water (at Lady bird lake)

Damn&#8230; my #SUP shadow is really jacked, almost yoked! #sharkfin #summer #water #austin #drytritraining @naishsup  (at Lady Bird Lake)

Damn… my #SUP shadow is really jacked, almost yoked! #sharkfin #summer #water #austin #drytritraining @naishsup (at Lady Bird Lake)

I always enjoy being invited to guest lecture during #Footwear Training on the evolution of #running shoes and the #barefoot and #minimalist movements! #EatAndRun #BornToRun (at REI)

I always enjoy being invited to guest lecture during #Footwear Training on the evolution of #running shoes and the #barefoot and #minimalist movements! #EatAndRun #BornToRun (at REI)

If you need me this weekend I&#8217;ll be out on the water working on my sunglasses tan! #SUP #kayak

If you need me this weekend I’ll be out on the water working on my sunglasses tan! #SUP #kayak

Succeeded in repairing my #SUP board! Should be #raceready for the @ExSchool Wiki Wiki 5K Night Paddle. #NTFU #Naish

Succeeded in repairing my #SUP board! Should be #raceready for the @ExSchool Wiki Wiki 5K Night Paddle. #NTFU #Naish

So proud of the @pistachioracing Jr. Nut Team!! #inspired (at Elizabeth Milburn Park)

So proud of the @pistachioracing Jr. Nut Team!! #inspired (at Elizabeth Milburn Park)