How Ultrarunner Dr. Andy Reed Achieves Peak Performance

Ultrarunner Andy Reed carb supplement Vitargo

Trail and ultra runners know that calorie replacement during long training runs and races is something they must contend with in order to achieve peak performance. Finding the right supplement can be a challenge. Runners strive to feed their working muscles while maintaining stomach comfort. Trail runner and ultra marathoner Andy Reed is among such athletes.

Reed found success with Vitargo, a unique carb supplement he uses before, during, and after his races as well as in his daily training. Before hitting the trail, Dr. Reed mixes a scoop or two of Vitargo with water. He continues to take Vitargo during his longer runs to fuel himself and avoid the dreaded “bonk”. Because Vitargo is proven to empty from the stomach 2.3x faster than all other sports drinks, Dr. Reed knows that not only does this provide great stomach comfort, his muscles get the “green light” sooner than they would if he was fueling with the other options (fats, proteins, sugars, or maltodextrin products).

If Dr. Reed plans to run multiple days in a row, he will make sure to have another scoop of Vitargo after the run for his muscle glycogen recovery with is proven to be faster and greater than the competitive products. Going into the next training session fully fueled will ensure Dr. Reed has the ability to achieve peak performance and extend the boundaries of his fitness day after day.

During ultramarathons, Dr. Reed relies on the liquid calories from Vitargo to power him through to the finish line. Reed is a fan of all of the different Vitargo flavors but has a favorite: the new Lemon-Lime.

For Dr. Andy Reed, Vitargo is an integral part of his training and race regimen. It is also important to him as a sports medicine doctor, that the Vitargo carb supplement is backed by solid science

Video Transcript

Before, during and after, that’s how I use Vitargo. Today I’m doing a hill workout, it’s a six by one minute, hill repeat workout, a pretty steep hill hard effort. Have another interval session planned tomorrow. So for today’s workout, I drank half a bottle of Vitargo, about 45 minutes before heading out the door.

I’ve run up here, I’ve done it at a nice 35 minutes of warmup. I’m about to get into the intervals.  I’ll do each effort and then have a couple of glugs of this stuff in between at the rest periods. That’ll get me through the workout, feeling well fueled. And then because I got another workout planned tomorrow, I’ll be having another, a half bottle of Vitargo immediately when I, uh, when I get back home and that will ensure that I’m fueled and ready to go for tomorrow’s workout.

I race ultramarathons of 200 miles and uh, pretty much I find that I can survive those, those events on liquid calories.  Vitargo is obviously my go-to carbohydrate source during those long efforts. I try and aim for a bottle, two scoops every hour during those longer efforts late in the race when the stomach tends to start rejecting calories. Uh, I continue with the Vitargo, but typically I’ll dilute it a little more and I find that certainly helps me in those super ultra-long 20 plus hour events. Okay. Uh, flavors. Awesome. Love the new lemon-lime flavor. It’s my new favorite. Uh, but uh, to be honest, they all taste pretty good. They’ll uh, they’ll work for me. Um, if you haven’t given it a go, go try Vitargo.

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About Andy Reed:

I’m a trail runner and Sports Medicine MD from Canmore, Alberta who likes to go long! Nothing beats 100 miles in the mountains. I’ve been running competitively since 2010, with highlights including seven 100 mile finishes including Leadville, Western States, Pine to Palm, Bighorn, Run Rabbit Run, Cascade Crest and Sinister 7. I hold the course record for the Blackspur 107km, and I’ve won the HURL Elkhorn 50miler, The Golden Ultra 3 day, The Fernie 50 miler and Rundle’s revenge twice. I’m hoping to finish the Canadian Death Race and IMTUF later this year! Vitargo has been my go-to sports drink for the last 8 years. It tastes great, doesn’t upset the stomach and is backed by some solid science, which for me, as an MD, is important.

Fun Fact: I’d rather sleep in the back of my truck than in a 4-star hotel.

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