A Multivitamin for Runners

Complete Runner's Nutrition vitamin bottle
Recently I tried Complete Runner’s Nutrition multivitamins for about a week.  My first impression when I read the instructions was, “I’m supposed to take 1 pill, 3 times a day? That’s crazy for a vitamin.” But then I really read through what is in these pills… and it actually makes sense. In fact, I could probably reduce the overall amount of pills I pop if I replaced them with the Complete Runner’s Nutrition pills.

(The vitamins were sent to me for free for the purpose of review. All thoughts are my own.)

I take a lot of pills each day… Let’s break it down, shall we?

  • Calcium – for strong bones
  • Vitamin D – to help my body absorb calcium
  • Grapeseed – to aid in bruise healing
  • Biotin – to help my hair and nails grow
  • Probiotic – to help my troubled gut
  • Digestive Enzymes – to help my troubled gut
  • Vitamin C – because my ophthalmologist said to after eye surgery
  • Woman-specific multivitamin – to help fill in any holes in my diet
  • Turmeric – anti-inflammatory
  • Glucosamine, Chondroiton, MSM – to help my joints
  • Fish oil – for Omega 3’s

I take these at different times throughout the day, so it doesn’t feel like a ton of drugs. But it does kind of add up when listed out.

Now let’s look at what is in the Complete Runner’s Nutrition: (I copied these directly from their site and they all link directly to the explanation of why that ingredient is beneficial.)

 

Complete Runner's Nutrition pills in hand

Pretty much everything I take in a variety of pills is available in Complete Runner’s Nutrition, with the exception of my probiotic/digestive enzyme. Although, the Complete Runner’s Nutrition have a lot of items that are beneficial for digestive health (seeing as how a lot of runner’s have GI issues.)

The pills have a 3-prong approach as to why they are unique for runners:

  1. Nutrition: most Americans could probably benefit from a multivitamin, especially if they follow the SAD. But as runners, we tend to lose other nutrients and minerals through exercising that need to be replaced.
  2. Performance: a blend of herbs, vitamins, minerals, etc. that are used to help athletes maintain their energy levels, especially in light of the potential depletion we face from our fitness endeavors.
  3. Protection: several ingredients are included to help protect joints and reduce inflammation that builds from repeated stress to the body.

There are a lot more B vitamins in these than what I usually take, that’s to aid in the energy aspect to help improve your performance. It also aids in giving you neon yellow pee… at least, that’s something that I get from taking a lot of B vitamins!

Overall, I did feel a little more energized while taking these. Whether that was a placebo effect or not, I can’t say. It would probably be prudent to do a longer test to decide more definitively.

A 1-month supply of Complete Runner’s Nutrition is $34.95. But they also have a special delivery program where you get a 2-month supply every 2-months and that price is just $59.95. (prices as of publishing this in September 2011) I am very intrigued to try taking these for several months and eliminating most of my other supplements to see how it goes. If I do that, I will post a full report!

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

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17 comments

  1. I am sure that those vitamins are good for you but just remember that the company that is selling them makes more money if you buy more. What that means is their “suggested” dosage is really on the low end of the maximum amount anyone should take. Basically they want you to take as much as possible without hurting yourself. That way they make more money. I suggest trying half the dosage. I bet you won’t notice a difference which means that you are no longer taken the “luxury” level dosage and saving some money!

    Have you ever heard of a “luxury” level dosage?

    James
    http://www.you-cant-fake-a-marathon.com/blogathon/

    • Hi James,
      Although some companies do partake in this practice, we certainly do not. Considering the extensive list of ingredients for runner’s included in RDC, we had to really drill down to the amounts that are most important for runners. Try it for yourself… After taking it for a couple weeks, you’ll feel a significant difference between taking 1 1/2 tablets daily and taking 3 tablets daily. Feel free to email us if you’d like some free samples.

      Best,
      Tim
      Runner’s Daily Complete
      Customer Support

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