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sleeping better with iKOR + Weekly Workouts (or lack thereof)

Disclaimer: I received iKOR to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

For a while now, all things hemp and CBD has been a topic of conversation. From helping with chronic pain to a sleep aid, hemp oil and hemp extract has been discussed by many outlets.

When the opportunity arose to try a hemp-based product, I can admit that I was a little skeptical. Not only did I worry about how it would make me feel, but I was worried about if it would be something questionable if I were given a drug test… 

With my inhibitions set aside, I took the plunge! 

iKOR

The iKOR brand was started in 2016 in Boulder, Colorado to bring the recovery enhancing benefits of hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) to the endurance athlete community. CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant and is commonly extracted from industrial hemp plants. 

When I hear anything about “cannabis”, my mind goes straight to marijuana — but they are  in fact different. Marijuana is a variety of cannabis that is propagated to have high levels of the psychoactive compound THC. On the contrary, hemp is typically grown for its fiber to be used in paper, clothing, biofuels, cosmetics, food and dietary supplements. In this way, the iKOR 300mg Hemp Extract (made from organic hemp) is made as a dietary supplement, has no psychoactive effect, and can be sold and used legally in all 50 states.

iKOR is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing CBD. The hemp extract is liposomally encapsulated which means that it is easily absorbed in the body. The team at iKOR states that the primary recovery benefits of adding iKOR 300mg Hemp Extract are : 

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Improved sleep quality\

Now as a runner, I am always looking for new ways to recover faster from my efforts and good, restorative sleep is one of the hardest recovery tools to come by in my world…so the “improved sleep quality” is what I am looking forward to the most!

Product Testing

The dosing instructions for iKOR 300mg Hemp Extract is to use 5-10mg twice a day — 5 pumps per use for a total of 10mg per day. If you have harder effort days, you can use more than the 10mg daily dose to help mitigate the increased stress on the body. 

While I keep my days FULL, I don’t feel like I am an overly anxious person — but when it comes to relaxing after a long day, sleep does not always come easy. For this reason, I decided to use iKOR in one dose at bedtime. By adding iKOR to my evening routine for the past few of weeks, I have seen some major improvements in my sleep.

I have been adding 5-10 pumps (1 mg per pump for a total of 5-10 mg) of iKOR under my tongue while I am getting into bed for the evening. The taste is a little sour (probably because of the lemon extract in the ingredient list), so after letting it sit in my mouth for a minute or so, I have been swishing the taste down with a little water.

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I started using iKOR for about 10 days. During this time, I felt like I was getting to sleep a little easier and staying asleep longer. After this 10-day trial period, I stopped using iKOR for a few days to see how my results would vary with days not using the product. In this off time, I found that I was a little more restless through the night and I wasn’t as eager to get up in the morning. Now that I have added iKOR back into my routine again, I have been sleeping better again! 

My Experience

Overall, I am very impressed with iKOR 300mg Hemp Extract! I wasn’t sure what to expect from a product that I didn’t have much knowledge about — but I am really glad I gave it a try. My sleep has improved greatly over the past few weeks and I look forward to seeing the benefits as my training increases in the coming weeks!

My fellow BibRave Pro’s also went through their experiences with iKOR on their blogs as well. Be sure to check them out!

Ben   Corey   Nicole   Logan   Bill   Kim   Brenda   Bridget   Erica   Shannon   Henry   Ryan   Jen   Mai   Maria   Melisa   Jessica   Chris   Whitney


Now that my planned running/racing/pacing season for 2018 is over (as far as I know TODAY), I haven’t been focusing on piling on the miles…

My goal for 2018 has always been to run 2018 miles (#2018in2018) — and I am getting closer each week…minus this week…! I am currently sitting at 1889 miles with approximately 128 miles left to run this year. While this feels like a very doable mileage goal for the next couple months, I have some physical and mental barricades I will need to navigate to get there…

weekly workouts

Monday
Scheduled : no plans
Actual : OFF

Tuesday
Scheduled : Group Run – Runner’s Safety Night Run
Actual : 0.5 miles

Since this group run is a little later in the evening compared to the other Tuesday evening runs (+ the recent change in time, thank you daylight savings), little man was less than happy to be running in the dark. We brought lights and were given Manhattan Running Company embossed lights as a gift, but we didn’t stay out long. Little man was cold and cranky…so we headed back not long after we set out. No biggie!

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+10 points to whomever can spot little man and I in the Runner’s Safety Night Run crowd! 

Wednesday
Scheduled : no plans
Actual : OFF

Thursday
Scheduled : no plans
Actual : OFF

Today is where the rubber hits the road with my dad’s stem cell treatment — he gets released from the hospital today! This means that my 24/7 care-taker roll starts once I pick him up from the hospital. 

As for my running, it can still happen thanks to the fact that my parents purchased a treadmill a while back. Or I can sweet talk a local family member to come by and hang out for an hour or two for me to be able to get outside for a run (weather permitting). Not all fitness will be lost in the next couple weeks…and I am also using this time to hopefully get my diet back in check and lose a couple pounds. We’ll see what happens there…

Friday-Sunday
Scheduled : no plans
Actual : OFF

While I had the best of intention to work out while back home with my dad…I just haven’t mustered the motivation… Frankly, I haven’t had the motivation for much these days. A shame…

Weekly Miles : 0.5 miles
Annual Miles : 1890 miles (goal = 2,018 in 2018)

Miles, miles, miles! Check out the weekly workout
recap via @livinglovingrun & other #linkups!
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Check out these awesome run-spiring linkups this week :

Weekly Wrap     Tuesday’s on the Run
Wild Workout Wednesday     Running Coach’s Corner

How did your training week go?
What are you training for?

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