Monday Must – Have

My friend and fellow blogger, Jodi, blogged about her Monday must have and it got me wondering, what is one thing I MUST have to run/workout with? Believe me, I’m the type of person that doesn’t like “winging it.” I am a planner by nature. So that means I’ve tried and tested many products in the short time I’ve been running, and I stick with what works for me. No deviation. Some say that’s a recipe for disaster because I can’t plan for every single scenario that can present itself. True, but I don’t mess with what works.

So…my one thing, tried and true, that I must have, are my Powerbeats Wireless Headphones.


These things are lightweight, but pack an amazing sound. With a 6 hour rechargeable battery, they connect wirelessly to my mobile device, as well as my Apple Sport Watch. They are also waterproof, which is awesome because I have ruined 2 sets of Apple earbuds with my sweat. Gross, I know. They’re a bit on the pricey side, but worth every penny, in my opinion. I love not worrying about a tangled cord while running. I canNOT run without these.

So tell me, what is your running must have?

XOXO

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All Things Hydration

Lets face it: there’s more to running than, well, running. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that you can’t just head out the door and run. You need the right kind of sneakers, clothes, sports bras, socks, fuel, sunglasses, hydration, hat/visor, and even headbands. Suddenly, running has now become rocket science; finding what works, what doesn’t, what fits, what’s necessary. Today we are going to talk about hydration.

I’ve never been a fan of sport drinks. They’re loaded in sugar and hurt my stomach. If I’m forced to have one, I have to add water or it’s a no go. Last year I began training for my first Spartan Race and a fellow racer mentioned a product called nuun; an electrolyte enhanced drink tablet which you pop into your water. It was love at first sip.

Recently I read about plus for nuun; an electrolyte carbohydrate tablet. Say what?

I already knew this would be a game changer for me because I DISLIKE fueling on a run. A lot of products that I’ve tried bother my stomach. I’ve tried jelly beans, different flavors of GU at different temperatures, gummy bears, as well as Blocks. I take them as directed, with water, but something about the texture makes me gag. I mean, there’s nothing like being 6 miles into a marathon when you begin to battle nausea. So I figured I will give the Plus for Nuun a try during today’s 10 mile run. I prepped the drink last night. It is recommended 1-2 Plus for Nuun tablets per 16 – 24 fluid ounces. It is flavorless, so I added my favorite Cherry limeade energy tablet.

I fueled like I normally do before leaving the house (Cliff Bar), and ran my 10 miles with only the water I prepared in my Camelbak.


I had no problems with nausea, zero fatigue, zero cramping, and needed zero fuel. No GU’s, no raisins, no gummy bears, no bananas, no anything today! I felt strong the entire 10 miles. Again, this is a game changer for me, personally.


Nuun can be found at most sporting good stores, and of course, online at http://www.nuun.com. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Have you ever tried nuun? What’s your go to fuel method?

Until next time.

XOXO

 

A Heart To Heart 

Check out Helen Parr dressed as Mrs. Incredible

I’ve been in a slump here recently. Some call it lazy, others call it depression, most call it “post marathon blues.” Well, whatever it is, it’s hit me hard. I’ve had zero motivation. Zero ambition. If I could just go to work, come home, and sleep, I’ll be OK with that. But I know myself and know that I have to fight whatever this is and not let it get a hold of me. I mean, come on! I’m Mrs. Incredible!I’ve been thinking back on when I was at the top of my game. This is before the back injury, before the back surgery. I was at the gym 5-6 days a week. I was running 3-4 days a week. I was active and the numbers reflected my hard work. I showed up at the starting line of my first half marathon ready to KILL IT. 

 I did! 

  
And I killed the next half marathon after that. 

  
Since then, not so much. So what was the secret? Why was I able to get up at 4:30am and go to boot camp 5 days a week? I mean, goodness! That’s hard! But I did it every day for a few months. Then the cold came and I changed to an evening class. But I went faithfully. Every single day. Why could I do that then, and not now?

The answer to that was a bit of an eye opener. I simply made myself. I forced myself. Did I like to go? No. Did I look forward to going? No. Did I feel like a million bucks after each class? YES! So there’s my answer. After 2, 3 months of forcing myself to go to boot camp, I created a habit. Before I knew it, I went automatically and I loved it. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a hard class. But it challenged me every single day. I left that class exhausted, but with an incredible feeling of accomplishment. There’s nothing like flipping tires, throwing around a sledge hammer, or running sprints until you cannot breathe.

So I decided today will be the day (again!). I went to class, and I’ll go tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that. Why? Because, for 60 minutes a day, it’s just me and the trainer. Nothing else matters. I leave all of my frustrations, sadness, thoughts, out on the turf, and work hard. And that’s a good feeling. My hope is that I create a habit of it soon, and that I can dig myself out of this hole I feel like I’m in. Exercise is truly the best therapy. I’m looking forward to it. After all,

There is only one way to success. It’s called HARD WORK.

Until next time. Keep on grinding.
XOXO

 

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Recap

This past weekend runDisney held its marathon weekend at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, FL. Anyone who’s ever run one of their events knows how stressful the registration process can be. I mean, these races sell out in a matter of a few hours! So I was beyond thrilled  when I was able to snag up a registration back in April.

Fastforward 9 months later and race weekend was here!

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I signed up for the Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon). 4 races spread out over 4 days totaling 48.6 miles. Now, I have never run a full marathon distance. So, naturally I was scared. But I trained as best as I could and was determined to cross all 4 finish lines. I had my best running friend, Chelsie, with me and we were off.

The 5K and 10K races were fun (despite the rain for the 10K), but we had so much fun running the half marathon distance together. There was something about running to Magic Kindgom and back having great laughs and conversations, that the time just flew by and we were already done.

Sunday’s marathon was a whole separate beast. It was hot. It was humid. We were tired. The hardest stretch was in between Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Six miles of very narrow road, not so great entertainment, and a lot of nothing. That’s when the mental fight began. Once we got to Animal Kingdom, we jumped onto Expedition Everest (so much fun!), and were ready to tackle the second half of the race. Then mile 19 arrived and with it came leg cramps, painful feet, and a lot of tears.

 

so much hurt

I don’t think I had ever wanted to quit something as badly as I did at this point. I sobbed on my husbands shoulder at mile 20. He firmly said, “You quit the race now, and the last 20 miles were for nothing.” So I dried my tears and we kept going. It hurt to run. It hurt to walk. It just plain hurt. Once we got into Hollywood Studios and the final stretch of Epcot, the crowd support was outstanding. We ran and cried and we made it. 26.2 miles complete! We are marathoners!

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I hobbled for a few days, but that’s such a small price to pay (in my opinion) for the feeling of completing this challenge cannot be beat. Now that time has passed, I can honestly say I want to do this next year. 1000 times, YES! Yes, it was hard, the 2am wake up time was insane, you run 2 races at half pace, but I had so much fun and have created a lifetime of memories.
The saying is true:

“When your legs get tired, run with your heart.”

Until next time.

Esmeralda