I know, I know; y'all are tired of my fitness posts. But guys, I've found Fitness Jesus and it's all up in me so I can't stop, won't stop.
First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for your awesome comments on my anniversary post. I'm glad you all find my marriage as funny as I do. We're not your typical sappy, all over each other couple anymore but we enjoy laughing (at each other) and poking fun because after all, what is a marriage without mockery or laughs?
Now, you all know that I love me some trail runs. My last post gushing about how awesome trails are hopefully inspired some of you to try it because seriously, it'll change your life. You're welcome.
Now for the good stuff.
Two weekends ago, I did 10K trail run in muggy, humid weather. I didn't bring anything with me (I never do) which wasn't smart on my part. That was the first time that I hit a wall during exercise and it did not feel good. I've never run out of energy mid-exercise, to a point where it was hard for me to continue and to make it worse, I was running with 2 (new) people who were running these harder trails for the first time and they were surpassing me. Although I'm ashamed to admit it - because these runs are never about who is better/faster - the competitive me was bothered by that because 1) it was not my first time on those trails and 2) it was not my first time on those trails. <-- I know, stupid.
So during the next trail run, I was smarter and decided to try something new: energy supplements and a running hydration belt.
1// Hydration belt. I ran with a water belt similar to the one below which wouldn't have been as irritating if I actually had the water bottles that came with it:
Instead of those little bottles, I stuffed a regular water bottle in one of the holders and had to strap that bitch on tight so it wouldn't fall out. After a while I sort of got used to all the sloshing but damn, was it annoying to always have to adjust the ill-fitting water bottle.
However, staying hydrated really did make a difference in my run. I ran longer, didn't feel as tired and my throat wasn't dry as fuck. That in itself prompted me to order this:
The Nathan Trek water belt which I got yesterday and will be trying it out during this afternoon's trail run. That's right bitches, TWO trails runs this week, woohoo! More to come after I test this out.
2// Energy gels. We are a Vega loving household and I brought a raspberry gel with me to try. Let me be the first to say that while Vega is awesome, their gels taste like fucking asshole but boy, do they work. When we were at the 6K mark, I popped this badboy and while it was difficult to choke down (the flavor was ok but the texture was ass) 15 minutes later, my energy levels were up and I was Usain Bolting up those motherfucking hills.
I haven't tried the Clif ShotBloks yet (which came highly recommended by Brittany) or the Hammer Gels which my marathoner friend lives by but I carry them with me just in case.
On to the Random Crap....
[cue booing and hissing]
So I tried my first Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and guess what? IT SUCKED SO MUCH FUCKING BAG. This $5 piece of shit tasted like soap and totally ruined my morning. I love starting my day with a good cup of coffee, a healthy hearty breakfast and reading my feeds; not seething with rage and drinking a coffee that tasted like someone shat in it. I should've stuck with my yummy $1.60 Tim Horton's coffee.
When hubs said he was going to finish his other sleeve, I begged and begged him to put my initials in there (it started out as a joke but when said no, I asked EVERY DAY for weeks). Well, lookie what's there - my initial! He showed this to me at our 9 year anniversary lunch so now he definintely can't leave my ass because he's now branded!
Happy weekend everyone!
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