Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hammer gel review (it's not what you think)

I know you've been waiting desperately for my review of this:

I tried it yesterday during my 11 mile run ( 3 easy, 5 @ 8:55 pace, 3 easy) and let me tell you my exact reaction. Exactly. No exaggeration at all. This is what happened,

I gagged. Seriously. I'm running along and suck back some gel and GAG. I stop in my tracks and I thinking 


I can't believe I have to finish this monstrosity. I choke it down (again, literally) and drink all my water to get the taste out of my mouth (meaning I had to stop back at my house a couple miles later to refill my water bottles) and finish my run.

I get home to decide which nutrition to try for next week and I find ANOTHER tropical flavored hammer gel! I bought TWO?!

Lesson learned. Do NOT buy tropical flavored Hammer gel. blah. yuck yuck yuck. Consider yourself warned.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Top 7

1. Last Saturday I ran my longest run in almost a year.

I wasn't running for time, I just wanted to finish the distance feeling strong and I did! Legs felt good after loosening up after the first 6 or 7 miles (they were pretty sore from squats Friday). Tomorrow's long run is 11 miles - 3 easy, 5 @ 9 minutes/mile, 3 easy. 

2. I keep seeing snakes when I'm running. It's better than bears, but still. I didn't even know this one was poisonous until someone told me it was a copperhead.

Maybe I should stop taking pictures of poisonous snakes?

3. I got a new top I think I might wear for my half in a month. Cool, right?

Nike outlet to the rescue.

4. Running the last week or so has been heaven. The best weather since April.

See? Absolute perfection.

5. I just started reading John Grisham books. I've seen several of the movies they did from the stories and thought all of them were quite good, but the books I can't put down!!! Currently reading The Confession.

6. We got DIY network for a month on DISH and I recorded a bunch of stuff and now I want a house that's ugly so I can fix it. It does sound a little silly but I've been pinning all these DIY transformation stuff I want to do. I'm ridiculous.

7. I've been on the hunt for new running nutrition. Walmart sold shot bloks but pulled them from the shelf. My local athletic store (not running store) sells Gu but only 2 flavors. I have to have something with caffeine since I don't drink coffee and I like having a little pump for races and long training days. I stopped in my local "bike" shop to see if they had anything and they carried Hammer Gel, tropical flavor (25 mg caffeine), and Honey Stinger Chews, Lime-Ade (32 mg caffeine). The Honey Stinger chews? AWESOME. They taste so good, don't upset my stomach, easy to chew (easier than shot bloks), and gave the the caffeine I wanted. I am converted.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Side effects of endurance training

I've hit that part of the training cycle where several things happen.

1. I'm feeling STRONG! My body is adjusting and responding to the craziness - YAY! I'm feeling more confident by the day.

2. "The Hunger" is back. Now that my long runs are 10 miles or more, I get to the point where I will eat my own children if I don't get to the food NOW.

3. In addition to #2, I plow through food like a crazy person. For "lunch" (at 10:45, because I was starving) I had an awesome turkey and cheese sandwich on pumpernickel bread with a side of french fries and chocolate brownie ice cream. I inhaled it in about 10 minutes, was not full, and was all:

Seriously. It was like an out of body experience.

4. To fit in my runs (since I'm not super speedy and can't do an 8 mile run in one hour) I've been getting up at the ungodly hour of 5am. Plus the additional training. Did I mention I have 4 kids? I HAVE to take a nap at least 3 times a week so I don't become a serial killer.

Momma gets cranky when she's sleepy.

I dare you to get in the way of my nap. Or my meal. Because I'll kill you.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Well, Hello September!

I can't believe that it's september. What is happening to 2013?? I feel like this year is FLYING by. My oldest child and only daughter turned 9 today. Only one more year and I will have a child in the double digits. GASP. Am I getting OLD?!

Anyway, here is how my August shaped up,

go the whole year injury free!!! Doing well! My IT band seemed to have faded and I'm feeling strong. Trying to stretch REALLY well and make sure the cross training is keeping my heathly.

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35 <-- almost="" br="" died="" style="background-color: white; color: #1d1c2d;">March - ummm, oops.
April - yeah.

May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - ummm, I did some mile repeats at 8:15, so there's that.
August - I'll do this again when it cools off. This is just ridiculous.

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 87.35
Bike - 117
total for July - 204.35
Total miles - 1189.13 (810 miles to go with 4 months left. I need to start biking more!)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon.Registered, working week 4 of training now!

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. October 12, next shot.

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesneed to find one, for some reason there are not very many around here.

weight training at least 2x a week.  doing pretty good.

maybe try a duathlonnot going to happen this year. oh well.

After being really worried about my IT band for a couple weeks, I am THRILLED that the pain  is gone and I'm feeling very strong. 

I'm hitting the tough paces for my speed work and tempo runs and making my easy runs STUPID easy(thanks to mile-posts recommendation)  Like, leaving my Garmin at home, listening to podcasts, and even when I'm going easy, running/slogging even SLOWER so I feel like I should be walking. But it's working, I'm getting faster and it's still hot outside. I can't wait to see what I can do when it cools off. 

6 more weeks until my sub 2 attempt! Getting pumped!