Ok from the discussion I've just had with my bf whey protein is good because it is easily absorbed compared to animal based protein. Also, whey protein is considered ideal for those who are trying to promote fat loss as it is low in carbohydrate compared to other proteins on the market. He reckons it is not harmful to take and will not 'flood' your system if you take too much. Of course I can't say one way or the other as I have not read any studies on it but I am inclined to think that it is pretty safe. However, if you are particularly interested in recovery, I know that my bf will add glucose to his protein after training.
Hi there, I noticed this thread about whey protein and thought I would contribute as its something I'm interested in myself. My boyfriend does a lot of strength training and competes at a high level. He takes protein and a load of supplements but is against steroids. Anyway, he thinks I should start taking protein as he thinks it would improve my performance and make me a better runner. Ive been tempted but to be honest the stuff is expensive so haven't bothered so far. From what I understand though it isn't taken to rehydrate but recovery in terms of muscle repair and for that reason should be taken at multiple times during the day.
As a sidepoint, I have noticed that strengh trainers/body builders (and I know a few!) are obsessed with nutrition/physiology. Regardless of what we may think of them it seems to me that they do know a lot about how to get the best out of your body and perhaps we have something to learn from them?
Teuchter - yes I have tried runningpartners.org.uk. Reading through the list and taking all things into account I found one potential partner (if you look, many have not logged onto the site in over a year!) I think I many contact that person but have decided that for now it would be best to wait into I actually move, which is next weekend. However, I appreciate everyone's suggestions and certainly have a lot to think about. I will let everyone know how I get on!
lol Wonder Woman...I will definately give that some serious thought!
Anyway, I have been on the web re athletics clubs and sparkhill harriers seems very promising to me so I will be getting in touch with them when I move to brum. I just feel slightly phobic about it because at school I was crap at sports full stop and was always the kid that came last, hence I have a certain fear of organised sport!
In terms of my sense of danger, yes I am a women and so feel more at risk, but I do feel totally comfortable being out in the middle of nowhere as I have been doing. Perhaps I have got it the wrong way round and should feel more comfortable running in areas with lots of people?