Yorks are another underappreciated candy.
They always remind me of my mom because when we go on road trips together she always gets the silver wrapped candy.
I put on my jacket to head to the gym this morning and found these. Better than finding $, unless you find the money in your pocket while you are in a grocery store and you can spend it on your favorite candy right away.
This week is all about easier paces and recovery from the race last Saturday. I have one Fartlek run on the schedule but other than that it is just some cruising mileage.
10 miles @ 8:08 average pace today.
I actually spent a good amount of time stretching right after my run while Brooke went down that pink slide 4000 times.
We had a challenging game of hide and seek when we got home.
If I can’t see you, you can’t see me.
The usual sweet potato topped with a turkey burger, an avocado and bbq sauce for lunch. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It sounds good to me every single day at lunchtime.
These also made an appearance. Not a lot better than eating pomegranate seeds without having to do any of the work.
And I feel like I just discovered something great… I have perfect bananas for banana bread and mini pb cups ready to be eaten. This combination is going to be ridiculously good.
Let’s talk about what I like to take before a race. My normal fuel before a race includes a bagel, a Honey Stinger waffle or banana and some type of sports drink. At about 30 minutes before a race I either take:
-SportLegs and caffeine
-Beta-alanine and caffeine
The caffeine is a constant. I love the energy boost.
Remember, I am just sharing what I do, I am not recommending or telling you what to do;)
Beta-Alanine– “Beta-Alanine has been clinically shown to increase muscle carnosine levels. Carnosine is a functionally active peptide that has antioxidant properties and is a critical muscle fatigue-controlling factor.”
I have been taking this for about 4 years now. I usually only use it for races or when I am doing a 20 miler. Some people take it daily but I like to save it for when I really need it. The bottle warns that you make experience ‘tingling and flushing sensations’ but I have never experienced that. I don’t know if it is just the placebo effect but I always notice a huge difference when I take Beta-Alanine before a run. I feel like my legs last longer and that they don’t feel fatigued until much later in the race. There are a million different factors that could go into my legs lasting longer during a race—> i.e. the taper or adrenaline from being in a race. BUT Beta-Alanine seems to work really well for me so I keep taking it.
SportsLegs– “SportLegs provides lactate, your body’s natural muscle fuel, to support optimal lactate energy system function. With calcium to build and maintain good health***.” (***this statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease).
I started using SportsLegs because a lot of runners recommended it to me. I do not experience any negative side effects from it and I do feel like it also helps me to feel fresh for longer. I haven’t used it that many times but when I do I feel a little bit of a difference in energy etc.
Speaking of races, my friend Caisa sent this to me today and I LOVE IT.
Do you take any type of supplements? What about tylenol, advil or ibuprofen before a race?
What was your run today? Inside or outside? Recovery week? Build-up week? Taper week? Normal week?
Favorite TREAT from Trader Joe’s?
Last fruit that you had?