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Seein' Red

Hi, my name is Andrew Readinger, I've been affectionately nicknamed "Red" since high school. I've always been an adventurer and experience seeker, so ultra-running fits nicely into this category. I'm absolutely a masochist who finds that challenges test who I am as a person from the inside out.

I’m a self-proclaimed “weekend warrior” who has amassed 96 marathon and ultra-marathon finishes in just over 8 years. I began running on a dare from a college roommate, and fell in love with the challenge and the hurt that I felt before/during/after. This hurt was a feeling of pride that I used my body to do something unthinkable. I'm not a speed demon but purely an endurance “slow and steady” runner who finds significant joy in crossing the finish line and being able to hush the voice in my head that wonders if I can do it. My first marathon was dedicated to my late step mother, Julie who passed of breast cancer in 2006, this marathon was near her hometown and fell the day after her would be 48th birthday. Lots of emotion from the training to the actual race on Aug 10th 2006. After that first marathon, I knew I’d be signing up for more…

Two weekends ago, I planned a work trip up Kansas to run a 50 mile trail marathon, I chose this 50 miler for two reason. First, because I am running the Arkansas Traveler 100 mile trail run on Oct 4th, and needed a training run to get me ready. Secondly, because there was a marathon race two days before the 50 miler in Olathe, KS. Yes, a 26.2 mile ‘training’ run 2 days before a 50 mile trail ‘training’ run. That is basically how I look at every marathon or ultra I sign up for... It’s another long run that is going to get me in condition for the ‘next’ run (race). Recovery wasn’t really in my vocabulary, until about a year ago. I’d push through pain and would be sore but could finish a race soon after I had run a race, even on back to back days.


This is where Recovery Pump has come in to really give me and my body a chance to recover. I use my recovery boots every time after a marathon (or beyond) and almost every day, going on over a year now. It allows me to feel fresh and more rested for these subsequent race events when I am piling on the mileage. After marathons/ultra-events the last thing I want to do is move and moving is the only way to remove the “rust” that sets in your body after constant running for 4 or 8 or even 24+ hours. The Recovery Pump is a pneumatic compression device that is meant to move fluid and “rust” from your muscles. It works and works well. I’m not only a user and frequent one at that; but after year of use I decide to join in the revolution even more. I am now the South Central Sales Rep for the company. It was my great pleasure to be part of such an innovative and cutting edge recovery tool that is being used all over the world.

Going into this running weekend in KS, I was able to train pretty well averaging 25-35 miles a week for a couple months. The game plan was to run the Patriots Run 26.2- nice and easy to minimize the effort and hurt that ensued. Finished this marathon in 4:40 (which is average to slow)... I’d say nice and easy, but there was definite soreness! This is where Recovery Pump steps in and gets my legs back into a state of normalcy… I used the Recovery Pump for about 1.5 hours that evening and my legs felt way better. Then mix in a day on the job driving 4 hours to give a demo to the K-State athletic training staff and then meeting with the KC Chiefs made for sore legs. At 5pm I was off to check in for the Hawk’s 50 mile Trail Marathon in Lawrence, KS. Trail marathons are great, laid back, non-existent to minimal mile markers, tons of obstacles – (hills/rocks/roots), aid stations filled with lots of snacks and good people. The races are typically smaller, so you do have to deal with solitude at times but one of the greatest times to be in the moment and enjoy the day.


Pretty typical pre-race meetings: be sure to follow orange tape and white markers on trees, also be sure to carry enough water. Check, easy peasy. The race organizers had a great dinner spread (I definitely recommend this race) then I was off to pitch my tent and get my Recovery Pump on! The RPX which is Recovery Pump’s newest pump that has a battery was perfect for me to use while camping at the start/finish line of the Hawk 50 Miler! (See pic below)



The race on Saturday went off without a hitch, had a strong day and ended up finishing in 2nd overall place with a time of 8:19:59. Kudos to the race director, volunteers and Recovery Pump! Definitely sore legs but it’s great to have the Recovery Pump on my side!

Thanks for reading, wish me luck on my next adventure – Arkansas Traveler 100 mile!

Sincerely,
Red

#lovethesqueeze

If you’re wondering what the pros are doing to gain an edge on the competition, you might be surprised to find that it’s not done on the bike, at the gym, in the pool or on the track. It’s done on the couch. Often while watching TV or surfing the net.  That extra edge comes from quality recovery time spent in the RecoveryBoots every day after hard training.

Recovery Pump has absolutely revolutionized the speed with which athletes can now recover muscle at home and they are wild about the effects it can have on training, including the ability to maintain high volume weeks with less risk of injury.

Instead of training on mega-fatigued legs, the Recovery Pump system forces the body to recover the muscle (much faster than passive rest) so the legs are ready to get out there for another day.  You’re able to push through workouts with less soreness and fatigue and over time you can see how this would effect overall fitness. The body is able to drive harder than it would on a fatigued and sore muscle that was not adequately recovered, therefore making gains in fitness due to adequate recovery of the muscle.

Kelly Williamson has been using the Recovery Pump system for over a year now and has made some serious gains in the time she’s been using the device. Take a few minutes to read her story and find out how she was able to incorporate the RecoveryBoots into her season and come out with some really incredible finishing results:

“After 10 years in the sport of triathlon racing as a professional, I have just completed the most successful season of my career. This season included 2 wins at the 70.3 distance and 2x 2nd place finishes including a PR of 4:12, a 2nd place at Ironman Texas in May (in a time of 9:07, which was a 29 minute PR), and PR’s in two open running races, a 5k in 16:48 and a half marathon in 1:16.59. Additionally, I completed 3 full Ironman events in only my 2nd year of doing Ironman. I started the season in January, completed it in November, and I got through the entire 10 months with zero training injuries.

 

The season kicked off in January with the USA Half Marathon National Championships, which coincided with my initial regular usage of the Recovery Pump.  I hit my run workouts very hard in January, including demanding sessions such as 10k of track intervals, 8 miles of tempo work and long runs up to 16 miles. I would sit in my recovery boots after each one of my key sessions, regularly, for anywhere from 60-90 minutes. Throughout this month, I not only hit the workouts, but I regularly exceeded the pace goals for each run workout (my goal paces ranged from 5:30-6 min/mile pace for speed and tempo work). I found that while I may come back the day after a hard workout with ‘heavy’ legs, every single time that I needed them to run fast, they were always there for me.

This routine continued for me into February through November, but of course I added into the equation very large bike workouts. A typical big training day looked like a morning swim session, followed by a 2.5-3 hour indoor bike session with 1.5-2 hrs of interval work, or a 3-4 hour outdoor ride in the morning, and finished off with either a speed run workout (such as 800s or 1 mile intervals at 5:20-5:30 pace) or a longer tempo run (6-10 miles at 5:55-6:10 pace). Despite some of the largest training loads I have ever done, I was always able to hit my goal power numbers on the bike and paces on the run; often times exceeding them. My regular Recovery Pump usage included sitting in the boots between my sessions, while also sitting in them for 1-2 hrs after my long bike rides (5-6 hours) and long runs (18-23 miles) on the weekends. It goes without saying, it feels great as well…icing on the cake…literally like a constant, steady pressure massage to the entire legs, from the feet up to the hips.

 

Being able to handle a higher training load, stay healthy and recover from these workouts allowed me to carry this new level of fitness into my competitions. I was fortunate to achieve the results mentioned above, to race frequently (I raced 6×70.3 events, 3x Ironmans, 1x Olympic distance, 1x Half Marathon and 2x5k’s, all in the span of 10 months), and most importantly remain healthy.

 

One of the times that the Recovery Pump played the most vital role in my training and recovery was when we spent 6 weeks in Colorado, training at altitude. Since I was without my regular massage therapist (who I see on average once every 1-2 weeks, just to work out tightness’ and potential tweaks, often in my back and shoulders as I deal with scoliosis), I relied on the boots to do the work that the massage had done for me… simply increasing my usage slightly to be sure that they were flushed out as needed. While training in Colorado, I raced Boulder 70.3 and was 2nd, in the middle of my Ironman Hawaii training, while posting the fastest run time by 4 minutes in a 1:21.10.

I give you times, places, etc because in short, I surpassed even what I had expected in the start of the season. I was able to lower my marathon run time in the full Ironman distance from 3:11 down to 3:03. I was able to post a 5:03 bike split at Ironman Arizona, the discipline with which is a constant struggle for me. Sure, hard work reaps success; but to get faster, you must train faster. To train faster, you must remain healthy and recover from each session adequately. I credit my regular, daily usage of the Recovery Pump as a huge reason that I was able to string together a long, successful, and ‘fast’ 2011 racing season. I truly cannot think of a better ‘recovery tool’ out there for anyone who is also training for marathons, triathlons, and more importantly Ironman… injury seems to be the biggest battle that we fight in this sport of repetitive movements and a lot of pounding from running. Additionally, you can use it in the comfort of your own home and it takes all of 2 minutes to set up and start using. I believe that routine usage of the Recovery Pump is a huge reason that I was able to toe the line for 3 Ironmans this year, and to top it off, post a 9:29, 9:12 and 9:07 in each one. I have to say, being in the off-season, I am kind of missing using it regularly! I may need to go and bang out a hard workout just to validate sitting in my boots. I owe a huge thanks to Recovery Pump for helping me put together the best season of my career to date, and I look forward to 2012. ” – Kelly Williamson

 

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Take the Recovery Challenge-  add the Recovery Pump system to your daily routine and if within 30 days you don’t notice a difference or you’re unhappy in any way, we’ll fully refund you on the system. Contact Hillary Hanson for any questions or Order Now!

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RecoveryBoots: If You Don’t Want to Buy One, Don’t Try One

We don’t mean that to be rude. In fact, we think Damon Taaffe said it just right, so we’re taking the words right out of his mouth (or blog). Damon’s reaction after trying out the RecoveryBoots at a recent Rev3 event has such a familiar tone, we couldn’t help but share his review.

Read Damon’s personal experience on using the Boots at home….of course he bought a pair, didn’t you read the title?

 

Cool Weather? “Warm-Up” in the RecoveryBoots

For most of us the weather has turned a bit cooler now, making those early morning workouts just a little harder to simply roll out of bed and go. It’s cold and dark out and let’s face it, sometimes a warm bed just seems more rewarding than those first 15 minutes out in the cold getting warmed up and ready to train.

When the cold comes, a lot of us begin to feel the aches and pains of old injuries and sore joints that remind us of the years we’ve all spent doing what we love. Once you’re outside and moving you probably think to yourself “That’s right, this is why I got out of bed”,  but the first 15 minutes out there can be a pain, waiting for your legs to warm up and feel alive in the cold air.

If you have the RecoveryBoots, try using them before your workout for 15-20 minutes. This will energize the venous system to a level similar to that of a warm-up jog and get the legs ready to work out. It’s a great way to get the blood moving and force the body to start circulating blood like it would with a typical warm-up jog or spin on the bike. When you step outside, your body will thank you with legs ready for action!

Happy winter weather training to all!

Hillary Biscay’s “Space Boots”

You can listen to us tell you about the RecoveryBoots all day long.  We’ll tell you about how pneumatic(air) compression increases tissue pressure, which then increases the absorption rate of all the waste in the muscle (carbon dioxide, calcium, lactic acid, etc.). We would then go on to describe how the RecoveryBoots help your leg muscles to recover faster than the body can do alone simply by increasing circulation, and further note that studies on sequential pneumatic compression in relation to sports performance, have found that using a device like the RecoveryBoots for 1-2 hrs., is equivalent to the amount of muscle recovery one may get in a total state of rest (picture sitting on the couch) in 12-48hrs.  We can go on and on about how this medical grade device helps your muscles to recover but the truth is, sometimes it’s just more interesting to hear it from the Pros.

Hillary Biscay has been using the RecoveryBoots for almost a year now and over that time she’s been inundated with questions about these funny looking “Space Boots”.  To read more about her personal experience with the Boots and find out when she’s using them and how often click here.

Team Type1 Partners with Recovery Pump for Run Across America

We are thrilled to be a part of Team Type 1′s Run Across America!

Ten runners on the team will start on 10/28 in San Diego and run 24 hours per day in a relay format to NYC, arriving on 11/12, a day or so before their appearance on Good Morning America for World Diabetes Day which is November 14th.

Read more about it here or click the image below to visit the Team Type 1 website.

Go team go!! Take turns in the RecoveryBoots and run until the wheels fall off!