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I am Zach Bitter, 27 year old resident of Marinette Wisconsin. I love to run all types of terrain including: road, trail, and mountain. I enjoy all distances of racing from the 5k up to the ultra marathon. My strengths and focus are currently with the ultra marathon distances. Notable achievements include: fastest 50 mile time in the United States in 2011 (5 hours 26 minutes 52 seconds); USATF 50 Mile Road National Champion at Tussey Mountainback; victories at Mad City 50k (course record), Ice Age 50 Mile; 15th place finish at the Western States 100 (debut 100 mile race). My weekly training regularly exceeds 100 miles per week. My running workouts include: long runs, tempo runs, fartleks, pick-ups, and hills. I love to incorporate cross training activities including: biking, swimming, plyometrics, core, and lunges.
I teach middle school, so my days are packed with early morning training sessions as well as late afternoon/evening sessions. Teaching has me on my feet all day, so I am rarely sitting still. My day to day energy demands require me to fuel early and often. NOW Foods helps provide a building block for me to keep moving without wearing down. Logging 5,669.67 miles in 2012 made it vital to watch all the nutrients required for recovery and energy. I turn to NOW Foods to supply me with products like: Vitamin D-3 & K-2, for proper calcium absorption; Alpha Lapoic Acid and CoQ10 for antioxidant and cardiovascular support. After long runs and races surpassing the marathon distance I turn to Yucca Root, which helps curb nagging inflammation. I also enjoy other NOW products, like green super foods. When cooking I love to use NOW’s organic coconut oil for its high smoke point; allowing me to cook without damaging the healthy fats and proteins in my foods.
I enjoy a very active lifestyle, and rely on great products and a healthy diet to keep me motivated, and in top form. NOW Foods has been an essential building block in helping me stay active and reach my goals. Follow me on facebook, twitter, or my blog to see how NOW Foods powers my training.