My seven miler yesterday morning was pretty rough. I haven’t had a rough run like this in a long time. When this happened, I try to see the positive.
Lessons Learned from Rough Run
#1 - Set Your Alarm for the Right Day
Before going to sleep Saturday night, I checked the weather. 75 degrees at 7:00 a.m? 80 at 8:00?! Ugh. I must get out the door and start pounding pavement by 7:30. Set alarm for 6:15? Check. Set it for the right day? Ch…not so much.
#2 – Eat and Digest a Fueling Breakfast
Arnold Thin w/ a smashed ripe banana on one side and ~ 1 T. Justin’s Maple Almond Butter on the other. The perfect pre-run breakfast in my book.
It was a great pre-run breakfast, but the time between consumption + running was not long enough. The result was three side cramps. One right when I hit mile two, one at mile four, and by the sixth mile, I was dealing with three different cramps. Yikes! So I took a couple walking breaks now and then, and
rode ran it out.
#3 – Instead of chugging a gallon of water right before walking out the door, rely on Camel Bak a little more.
Refer to lessons learned #2
So it wasn’t a great run. It wasn’t a horrible run either! I averaged 9:39 and finished in 1:07:33 with some walking breaks every now and then. The stats are actually better than how I felt.
When I got back to the house, I was able to do some damage control. My absolutely soaked shirt was a glaring sign that I needed some e-lec-tro-lytes in my life.
In the form of coconut water!
It’s extremely important to replenish electrolytes after a long(er) workout especially if it’s hot, humid, and you’re sweating a lot. Coconut water does a spectacular job!
Freshened up with some ‘cubes n club (soda.)
I read a little bit (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) until my stomach growled that it was ready for some post-run fuel:
In smoothie-form! It’s important to get some fuel as soon as your stomach can tolerate it. After about an hour, my tummy let me know it was OK, and I got my fuel in my favorite way post-workout. This was another Chocolate Mint Green Smoothie!
I love taking leaves from my chocolate mint plant and adding them to smoothies. So delicious! Also included was ice, a frozen banana, Vega Shake and Go Chocolate, maca, and a big handful of spinach.
Topped off with a crumbled homemade granola bar. Perfect!
I had plans of being productive today. I really did. But those plans went out the window when my mom invited me to come over and go shopping with her.
We hit up Sephora
Target, and the grocery store.
After a while, I was back on the road to my hungry husband. Sunday nights are for grillin’
Thermos – Cold Matters
While I was out gallivanting from store to store with my madre, I made sure to stay hydrated. It was a thick 90+ degrees in Illinois yesterday, so water was even more of a must. It was the perfect day to test out a product that Maggie from Thermos sent me!
This is a Vacuum Insulated Hydration Bottle. It boasts to keep your beverage cold for 12 hours!!
Obviously, I had to do the ultimate test and bring it with me on a 90 degree day in an even hotter car while shopping. So how’d it do?
- After 3 + hours of shopping, and leaving it in the car while in the stores, my water was still cold!
- It fit in all three of my car cup holders
- The pop-top spout made for ease of drinking
- The latch on the top ensured no liquid would escape. I could throw it in my purse and not worry about my phone getting water damage
- It doesn’t sweat. No sweat rings!
- The size. It’s really not big enough to have to keep something cold for 12 hours. It can only hold 18 ounces.
All in all, I love it! Would you guys want to do a giveaway on one?
Well, I’m off to (hopefully) have a productive day. So much to do!!! It’s what I get for choosing fun over work this weekend. Ahhh it was worth it;)
Coming up, I’m going to talk about a local festival held in my town we had our hand at Friday evening – Beer Fest!
Have a Marvelous Monday, all!!
What is your favorite post-workout meal or snack? Mine’s a smoothie for sure. Covers all the bases!