The Training Begins: Immune Support for the Long Run

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As I mentioned in my 2015 Running Goals post, I will be training for my 37th marathon this year. Just think of that for a moment. Since my first marathon in 1996 I have raced almost 970 miles. Of course it’s during the training itself that the miles really add up. Just consider that to train for one marathon I would probably run around 500 miles. So the marathon training itself comes in at 18,500 miles. Wow! I even shocked myself!

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All that running takes its toll. I’m not talking about injuries here, I’m talking about the impact on my health. There is some evidence that sustained, higher intensity exercise can have an impact on your immune system. While this is probably not dangerous, the fact is that there a small, but measurable drop in immune function during intense training.

And I plan to train intensely. When I ran my 36th marathon last year my training was insufficient, and it showed, not only in my race time, but in how I felt during the race. Yes, Alan and I had a lot of fun, we rocked and rolled through 26.2 miles. But, I decided that if I’m going to do this again I want to do it right. Which means running more and longer distance, increased intensity in my workouts, and just running more frequently.

In addition to the strain on the immune system during training, the first few days post-marathon are even tougher. Immune function can be impacted for up to three days after running a marathon.

So, what’s a runner to do if they want to train hard? Here are a few suggestions that can help you support your immune system while training for a marathon (or any type of intense training).

  1. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep negatively affects the immune system.
  2. Avoid overtraining and get enough rest. With intense training you can reach a point of diminishing returns. If you don’t get adequate rest between workouts, you set yourself up for injury, undermine your own training, and strain your immune system.
  3. Eat a healthy diet. Make sure that you are eating adequate calories to support your training, and eat a well-rounded diet with a lot of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and healthy fats.
  4. Consider a vitamin C supplement. A vitamin C supplement, such as Ester-C®, provides around-the-clock immune system support.

 

I try to follow all four of my own suggestions to provide immune support during marathon training (and year round, really).  As a result, I feel confident that I am following a healthy path to my marathon.

Ester CAs part of this campaign I headed to Walmart to purchase my Ester-C®, which, while located in the vitamin aisle was not with the other vitamin C brands. Because we were in the area, we went to the brand new Walmart in Indio. It was laid out pretty much like my neighborhood store, so I had no problem finding what I was looking for. And the Ester-C® is on Rollback at Walmart too.

Why Ester-C®? The Better Vitamin C®. Ester-C® is a unique, exclusive form of Vitamin C designed to stay in your white blood cells for up to 24-hours, providing you with around-the-clock immune system support. It is non-acidic, which is helpful for people who have stomach problems when taking regular vitamin C. It is designed to get into your white blood cells, and provides anti-oxidant support to help neutralize cell-damaging free radicals.

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I feel confident that by following the steps above that I am doing everything I can to support my immune system during my marathon training (and beyond).

For more information on Ester-C® check out their website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter.

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How do you support your immune system?

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