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I find it more and more difficult to get back into the swing of things after a great weekend. Monday brings an unanticipated lull that I struggle to shake and I can’t help but wish for just one more day to spend being lazy and cozy around the apartment, preferably cooking.
(Adventures in vegan cooking: Angela’s butternut squash mac n’ cheeze)
That said, last week was stellar on the training front. I think it had a lot to do with proper fuel and hydration (more on this in a minute). I hit my first 20 + mile week of training and felt strong during all of my runs. I even managed to squeeze in 2 strength-training sessions. I’m really proud of myself for not blowing it. I am trying to train smart and if that means skipping a run because something feels off then so be it. Anything to make sure I get across that finish line in one piece.
Sunday afternoon, after the Marine Corps Marathon, I headed out to conquer 11 miles. It was arguably the LAST thing I wanted to be doing on a lazy Sunday afternoon but duty calls and I headed out with a flurry of negative thoughts in my head. Fortunately after just 5 miles I met up with my running buddy Amy who quickly turned my mood around.
Since I was running sans technology (yes I let every.single.watch godead) I quickly downloaded MapMyRun and set off on the loop around the Tidal Basin and back to my apartment. In all, we ran roughly 12 miles at a 10 minute pace while chatting the whole way. This bodes very, very well for my half-marathon comeback (that’s what we’re calling it now).
Anywho, I came home and promptly stuffed my face with the following while icing my knees (it’s all about the multitasking).
Salad, leftover Chipotle chips and a Costco-sized tub of hummus. Happy day. I also did not let that water cup leave my side as I was over-dressed and under-hydrated for the run. I had lots of catching up to do.
Speaking of hydrating (see that awkwardly smooth transition?) a few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks over at Crystal Light to review their newest product, Crystal Light Pure. It sounded right up my alley considering it’s naturally sweetened with sugar and Truvia, a natural sweetener derived from the leaves of the stevia plant.
It also has no artificial flavors or preservatives. I normally stick to H20 and coffee (and the rare Diet Coke–no judging!!), so I was excited to have something new to drink. That said, the flavor was just a bit off to me, but I shared the love among friends and they absolutely love it!
The company is working with Registered Dietitian Molly Kimball to share some interesting facts about hydration which are all too appropriate in the thick of marathon training. My favorite tip…
Don’t Forget about Food
Staying well-hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal energy levels, preventing muscle cramping and headaches, and more serious issues like heatstroke. But that doesn’t mean you have to force down gallons of water or bottles of sugary sports drinks. Any type of alcohol-free beverage can count toward your fluid intake – and even some foods! Some of the top electrolyte-rich, hydrating foods include all types of fresh fruit, soups like gazpacho and Greek yogurt.
Shocker. I like to stay hydrated through food.
Question: What is your favorite way to stay hydrated?
**FTC Disclosure: Crystal Light Pure from Kraft Foods. All of the opinions expressed are my own.**