Generation UCAN

October 8, 2013

It is back to the grind and waking up to run every morning this week. And this makes me happy.

I purchased Generation UCAN a little over a week out from the marathon. I consumed the pre and post workout beverage during the last week of training for the marathon. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to experiment with the product more prior to the marathon, but I’ve started to use it again now that I am back to running most days. I am hoping it helps with performance and fat burning. (I wrote a little more about the product when I initially received it in the mail.)

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The night before, I mix up the pre-workout cranberry-raspberry flavored drink (which has a great taste, by the way) in my Blender bottle, so it is all ready to go in the morning. Then thirty minutes before I head out for my run in the morning, I consume the pre-workout drink.

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After my workout, I make the post-workout drink mix, which is high in protein, within 30 minutes of finishing my workout. This vanilla flavor also had a great taste!DSC_0001

I always make a “smoothie” with the post-workout powdered drink mix by combining 1 cup of water, 3-4 ice cubes, and the powered mix in my Vitamix. I finally broke down and bought and Vitamix, and I do not have any buyer’s remorse. It has been worth every penny. (Although I do wish it didn’t cost quite so many pennies!!)DSC_0004

Usually the protein beverage doesn’t keep me full for very long. But instead of having a high carb breakfast, which is what I often used to do, I am trying to focus on high protein foods but still ones that have some carbs in them.

I had this ALT bar Larabar with 10 grams of protein this morning. I liked it but didn’t love it. It tastes like a Larabar (as one would expect) with added protein. You can kind of taste the chalkyness of the protein source. Like I said, not my favorite but not horrible either.  DSC_0006

One protein bar I do really love are these Clif Builder’s Protein Bars. I eat them all the time and have not gotten tired of them yet. I always cut them in half because they are quite large. Plus that way I get 12 servings out of the box instead of 6. Each bar has 20 grams of protein and 270 calories.

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One of my favorite quick dinners to make with some added protein is a toasted bagel + Laughing Cow Cheese + fried egg. Oh wow! I’ve had this creation several times within the past week, and I am a fan.  DSC_0009Today after work, I went for a second run and did the Pub Run with Skinny Raven (the local running store). I actually just did the run and then went home and had the above pictured egg sandwich because I was too cheap to pay for food at the restaurant. Plus I was freezing and wet from the run. Maybe next time I’ll stick around.

11 Comments
    1. Hi,
      I’ve started using the Gatorade pre-run and post run beverages. I’m running better than ever and I’d like to think this is a small part of my success. How expensive is UCANN?

      1. err. . .it is definitely not cheap. Each of those containers were $60 a piece and contain 30 servings.

        1. How are you planning to use this in a marathon? If my marathon time is around 5 hours, would I do one before and then carry two premade, 8 oz race bottles to consume around 90 and 180 minutes??

          1. Hmm. . .I’m not sure what to recommend to you. I’ve only used UCAN in one race (a marathon) and took the pre-workout drink 45 minutes prior to the start. I also use it on a daily basis when I’m training a lot. But other than that, it is a pretty new thing for me. I guess my recommendation would be to experiment during your long runs.

            1. Thanks. That’s what I gleaned in recently watching some of their published webinars. Thanks for getting back to me. I appreciate it.

    1. You are amazing!!!! Way to run strong!

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