Inside Tracker: The Results

A little over a week ago, I pulled the tricker and got my labs drawn for Inside Tracker. Miss my original post? In short, I knew of Inside Tracker from when Bibrave tested it back in 2015 and have wanted to try ever since. I pulled the trigger to purchase the Ultimate Package over Black Friday this past year, however, couldn’t pull myself to get things drawn because of weight I put on during med school and residency. Flash Forward 9 months, working with a trainer and watching the diet, with a bunch of weight (double digit) loss, I figured I’d see where I stood.

It took a few days for my results and analysis to come back (less than 5) and I got an email when the everything was posted on their website in my account. Did I mention I was at a wedding when this happened?

What I found out:

  • Electrolytes (Sodium and Potassium): Spot on and in my optimal range
  • Cognition (Magnesium, B12 and Folate): My magnesium and Folate were in optimal range, but my B12 was slightly above optimal range, but not abnormal
  • Inflammation (CBC, CRP): Bonus points for being spot on with the CBC (think white count, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, etc), but my CRP was outside my optimal zone, but not too high (and actually still normal)
  • Strength and Endurance (testosterone, Cortisol, Creatinine Kinase, SHGB): my CK was outside my optimal zone, but still normal. Everything else, spot on for me
  • Oxygen Transfer/Blood Function: Thankfully, not anemic with good blood counts and Iron stores
  • Metabolism and Weight Control: Where some good results came for me! My Cholesterol in 2014 was 214 (borderline), but now it’s down to 166. My HDL is 65 (a touch lower, but normal, not optimal though). My LDL (bad cholesterol) went from 129 to 87 (can’t complain about a 42 point drop). My Triglycerides have been good and my glucose was 86, stable from the prior 2 times I’ve had lab work done in my life

Where I need work on the most

  • My AST/ALT: the liver tests. In all fairness, only slightly elevated and I worked out 12 hrs prior to getting my blood drawn (and only a few points above normal). As much as I love a drink every once and awhile, I’ll lay off for a bit. And not get blood work 12 hrs after working out the next time

Recommendations for me depend on what I’m going for. Overall, I need to cut down the Diet Coke (which is my main caffeine source. This is sad) and increase my nut intake (as if I’m not nutty enough as it is). Some more vegetables would also help me out a bit. In terms of hormones, I should probably have more rest days than I do and do more low impact cross training to help the legs out and decrease some of the numbers a hair.

I’m hoping there’s a repeat Black Friday Deal in order to get this again. I have a bit of a unique view based off my profession (i.e, Doctor), so I can interpret my own results. The only thing that bothers me is the red/yellow/green system because there are results of mine that are in normal range for any lab or health care professional, but show up as out of my optimal range. For someone non medical, this could be interpreted the wrong way. I’d also add a BMP to get a baseline of Chloride and renal function (BUN/Creatinine), an A1C (your blood sugar over 3 months) and a TSH, as all can provide valuable information. Now to adjust and retest in a few months!

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Inside Tracker….Taking the Plunge

Inside Tracker. I first heard of them in 2015 when they partnered with BibRave and participated in Bibchat. I didn’t get a chance to try them out at that point, but I always kept them in the back of my head.

It’s also worth saying that Physicians (who also happen to be runners) make the worst patients. I was telling patients to take care of themselves without necessarily doing it myself. After I finished residency, moved to Washington State and took my boards, I realized I had let myself go too much and put on some weight. My birthday present to myself last year involved signing on with a trainer and began working out with them 3 times a week minimum, upping the running and starting spin classes. Come Black Friday, I finally pulled the trigger on getting Inside Tracker’s Ultimate Package, I couldn’t pass up something that was upwards of 40-50% off (and hey, being in medicine, I can interpret my own results. Score!). With the Ultimate Package, you get a Lipid Panel, CK, Hormones, Iron Studies, a CBC, Electrolytes and some vitamins checked (41 markers total). After your results come in, the inside tracker team reviews them and comes up with recommendations as to what needs improved and what foods can help in each category. Not up for the Ultimate Package? There’s DIY, Home Kits and Essential Packages as well, but compare them to see what floats your boat.

However, I let the lab slip sit there, in my account. And it sat there for a good 9 months. I couldn’t bring myself to do it until I pulled off some weight. 30 lbs off, a better diet and more muscle on, I finally pulled the trigger to ‘get it over with’. It also helps that I happened to go in for a Grand Rounds lecture at work and the Quest Diagnostics lab is kitty corner to my job. It was quick and painless, though I think I had somewhere between 5-8 tubes of blood drawn. Quick, painless, in and out in less than 15 minutes with no appointment (and it was 8 AM because I was fasting). At this point, I’m waiting….and waiting is no fun. What will things show, only time will tell….

 

Bibrave Product Review: Eagle Creek Pack it Sport Active Set

Disclaimer: I received an Eagle Creek Pack it Sport Active Set to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
Another fun month of testing some good work our products!  We had the opportunity to try out the Eagle Creek Pack It Sport Active Set, and I quite frankly was excited to try it. Plenty of times I go from a spin class to the gym or am driving somewhere for a race and want to change out of clothes before driving home if I’m far enough away and things end up stinking up the car or I’m dragging along a huge gym bag full of stuff.
Enter this dual set of Pack It products

You get a Wet Dry Fitness Locker and Shoe Locker that’s incredibly versatile. Though they’re marketed as products to keep your sweaty and clean clothes separate, don’t think they’re limited to just that!

The weeks I’m off from work, I sometimes will go spinning prior to the gym. The shoe locker is great for carrying the extra pair of shoes around and keeping them in the car if I’m not using them. Since it’s just getting nice out, the windows haven’t been open all that much. Needless to say, my car still doesn’t smell like sweaty feet, and this includes leaving post work out shoes in the shoe locker. With my size 7 feet, I can fit at least a pair of spin shoes or running shoes and a pair of flip flops easily in the bag. I even have extra space for a HR monitor/car keys and phone!

The Wet/Dry Fitness locker is the second piece to this set and double sided, which is even better. You can keep clean stuff on one side and sweaty clothes on the zipper side. On a recent trip to spin class, I had my water bottle hanging out in one of the pockets.

 

You can also fit a good amount of clothes in the zipper side. I’ve been able to fit in a full change of clothes and then some into the wet/dry locker pack. If you’re worried about your car smelling, don’t be! I’ve left dirty work out clothes in the car for a few hours and came back to a non sweaty smelling car.

What’s even better is that you can wash these puppies and they tolerate it well. I haven’t had the chance to throw mine in the washer yet, however, just let them air dry out!

I have quite a few races coming up and I can’t wait to take this along with me. They’re definitely travel size and easily packable for races anywhere or if you’re going out of town!

Join us for Bibchat on 4/25/2017 at 9pm EST/6pm PST with Eagle Creek. Convinced enough? Use SPORT15 for 15% off!

 

 

Bibrave Product Review: OOFOS

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos Project Pink Sandals to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Oofos. An interesting name but a brand that does recovery shoes. Lord knows with all the running I’ve been doing, I need some recovery for my feet. Bibrave teamed up with Oofos to test out their Project Pink line. What’s up with the Project Pink? It means $10 of every purchase from the Pink Line goes to cancer research. Recover your feet and support a good cause at the same time!

I first heard about Oofos through Bibrave a few months ago and saw them when I met up with fellow Bibrave Pro and Aussie, Erin T. while in Honolulu for the Marathon. She was raving about them there. Locally, our Fleet Feet carries them and I happened to see them while in looking at some sale running tights. Enter the chance to try them out for Bibrave and I was all over it.

The Pink Line has a few options, all in men’s and women’s

I was worried about the sizing, just because I run weird on shoe sizes. I can be anywhere between a 6 and a 7 depending on the brand. My Oofos were a size 7, but my regular flip flops are a 6. Then again, I have others that are 7s. Oh well

The perks of these nice pieces of footwear involve getting more shock absorption to the feet. They also give more cushion and cradle your feet more. This is huge after races when you’re walking more around town. It’s made out of a moisture resistant closed cell foam that can be machine washed. I haven’t gone as far as machine washing, but I’ve definitely wiped mine down a few times to clean them off.

I’ve been wearing mine a lot around the house because they’re that comfortable and when you’re on your feet 12 hours a day at work and then go running, your feet hate you at the end of the day. I’ve also worn them pre and post spin classes and after my most recent Half Marathon in San Antonio.

I love my Oofos! They really are that comfortable to wear and keep your feet happy. I wish I had a pair of the clogs on top of the sandals so I could get away with wearing them to work as well. You feel like you’re walking on something soft and your feet will love you for it. My only gripe about them is they’re a bit bulky, so packing them means they take up a little more space than I’d like (I don’t check bags 95% of the time I travel). Overall, though, a good investment for any runner or athlete who’s looking to give their feet a break after a race or event

Looking for Oofos? Check them out

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Check out what other Pros are saying about Oofos: Jeremy    John      Jenna      Mary Jo

Bibrave Product Review: UV Reflective Half Buff

Disclaimer: I received a UV Reflective Half Buff race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Buff! I love me some Buffs. Over the course of my time as a pro, I’ve tried quite a few of their products (Full Buffs, Merino Buffs, Half BuffsOriginal Buffs, Hoodies) and have loved them. When I forget one of them for a race, it’s a sad day.

When the Reflective Buff came out, I was excited to try it!  What I love about the half buffs in general, is that they’re perfect for small headed people like me. While the full buffs are good for winters and head coverage, the half buffs are just enough fabric to do the job of catching sweat, keeping your neck warm or keeping the hair back.

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What’s so great about this? You get the thermal aspect of the buff, 95% UV protection, Reflective Strips so you’re seen in dim/dark circumstances, moisture wicking and odor control. My first few times wearing the reflective buff, I wore it to spin class. Did wonders for keeping the sweat off and controlled and glows in the dark if you have white light! I also wore it for the Hot Chocolate 15K in Seattle over the weekend. It kept the sweat in control and the hair off my face at the same time. Needed a little adjustment here and there, but such is life. By the end of the race, it was soaked through! Need some suggestions how to wear it? Take a look below!

 

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I still love the buffs, but one minor critique is I feel like my head is touch small for it sometimes- it seems looser than my other buffs and I’m adjusting it maybe a little bit more, but that isn’t a reason to hold up getting it. I haven’t had the chance to run at night with it yet, just because the weather is being temperamental here in the PNW (apparently we still need snow here in March).

Item Specifics:

  • 100% microfiber polyester
  • Polygiene Odor Control
  • Coolmax Extreme!
  • 95% UV protection
  • Reflex

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Bibrave Product Review: The Runner Box

Disclaimer: I received A Runner Box to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

First product of the year for bibrave before a string of races!!! I had the opportunity to test Runner Box, an online service that caters to runners, cyclists and triathletes. I’ve tried monthly/quartly box services before for other things and even had an athlete related monthly box sent me as a gift in the past, but this is my first Runner Box.


It arrived on my snowy front door step (thanks Spokane. I’m feeling like i brought some of Cleveland with me) and I couldn’t wait to see what was in it. You get a whole lot of stuff for such a small Box! 


For particular box, I got a set of Louvo gloves, mac and cheese, some protein drink supplements, a super food bar and some other fun goodies. I haven’t had a chance to try everything yet, but here are my thoughts. Love the Louvo gloves. I still get use of my fingers (your fingers are exposed and the hands are covered,). I’m in Vancouver for the weekend and left them at brunch by mistake. I went back to find them for a reason! The REDD super food bar was a good grab and go thing for work. I also tried the Runa energy drink, but it was flat 😕. I think it had been left in the cold too long and had a tiny hole in it which defeated its purpose.

Here’s how Runner Box works:

  1. Pick your Box. It can be for you, a friend, family member, whomever
  2. Make a decision on how many boxes you want sent. Standard, 6 months or a year
  3. Remember that it’s a BIMONTHLY subscription (read it gets delivered every 2 months)
  4. Order and sit back. Runner Box does the rest!

Cost: from $20/Box

What you get: researched products based off what you of Box you ordered

The pros:

  • Good amount of stuff per Box (I’m still working though mine!)
  • Reasonably priced
  • Good subscription options
  • Can do a Tri or Cycling Box!

Here’s where I waver a little bit and something to think about. I get weird when it comes to food/supplements/beverages and running. When boxes include it (I’ve had other boxes that also give gels, etc), I never know what to think because I’m so picky as it is. I also know people with dietary restrictions where they couldn’t have what was sent anyway. I also am picky and set in my ways with what I do for runs. I’d rather have something that was , more stuff than food, etc but that’s just me.

Overall though, a good product that does its research. If you’re looking for a gift for your athlete, this is something to look into. If you need a Valentines Day gift, they’re doing a limited time Valentine’s themed box! 

Bibrave Product Review: Earth’s Care Pain Relieving Ointment

Disclaimer: I received Earth’s Care Triple Action Pain Relieving Ointment to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

This couldn’t come at a better time! I’m fresh off of running the Honolulu Marathon last week, so something to help with muscle soreness after some serious miles. Unfortunately, mine didn’t come prior to me leaving for Hawaii. However, fellow Bibrave Pro Chris had his already and happened to bring it to the Honolulu Marathon.

Anyone else smell mint with their @earths_care? #bibchat

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Earth’s Care Triple Action Pain Relieving Ointment is perfect for aches and pains of everyday life, grueling training or for post race soreness. It’s 3 active ingredients are:

  • Camphor (4%)
  • Menthol (10%)
  • Methyl Salicylate (Wintergreen Oil) 15%

It’s main ingredients are geared to penetrating the sore/painful spots and to provide natural pain relief without preservatives.

The Pain Relieving Ointment works quickly and is great for local use. Apply it where you need it and that’s that. It lasts and has a decent smell to it, so you don’t feel like you’re putting on something that means you’re running the bathroom. The smell of mint is on the stronger side, so a little will go a long way.

Should have opened this before work today! #bibchat @earths_care

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What’s the Pain Relieving Ointment good for?

  • simple aches/pains
  • arthritis
  • strains/sprains
  • bruising
  • post marathon soreness

Some behind the scenes good stuff:

  • Allergy tested
  • No artificial colors/fragments
  • No animal testing involved
  • Non Irritating.

It definitely helped the calf soreness the day before the Honolulu Marathon. I can thank loads of walking and the Merrie Mile for that! It was something I wish I had prior to my redeye flight from Honolulu to Spokane.

Overall, definitely get your self some of this! It comes in a in a 2.5 oz container, is $12.99 and will last a long amount of time. Any runner/non runner with everyday or sport related aches and pains need to look at this!

Join us for #bibchat on 12/20/16 at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST with Earthcare!

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