When a Chemical Engineer starts Running.
The aha-aha moment came three years ago after a decade of running. I was training for a Boston Marathon Qualifying run and had constant ailments throughout my body.
· Sore Muscles
· Inflamed Joints
· Recurring-Monthly 24hr Stomach Bugs
· Fluctuating Daily Energy
· Mood Swings
I stretched, slept, and ate okay but I was still missing something and I knew it wasn't running more miles. As a trained chemical engineer, I knew the fundamentals of chemistry and chemical processes but I had a lot to learn about micronutrients including vitamins, minerals, oils, and trace supplements and how they function in our body.
Vitamins are literally named after “vital-amines”, a crucial compound containing nitrogen.
My first realization was that the vitamin aisle not to mention full on vitamin retailers are overwhelming. I tried many standard multivitamins and saw marginal results. So I decided to target based on what I knew I needed. First, I experimented with probiotics, fish oil, and Vitamin C. Next, I added Vitamin Bs after learning their importance to cellular respiration (the series of chemical reaction used to produce ATP - the energy currency of runners). Within months, I noticed improved gut health, reduced ankle inflammation, and I was not getting sick nearly as much. My daily energy also stabilized and my mood swings lessened. Now, I had a great regimen, but I was now taking at least 10 pills a day. I had my "pharmacy" in the cabinet and sometimes even bulging my running bag.
That is the story of how I set off to design and engineer the ideal multivitamin -- specifically for runners. Once I crafted the target chemical composition, I found a USA-based manufacturing partner to bring the engineering to life.
For me, I am more in tune with my body and have qualified and ran the Boston Marathon. More importantly, I am focused on getting just a little better every day.
See you at the Finish Line.