Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Workout Update

Well, I don't have much of a workout update for you this week, considering that yesterday was the first time I exercised in over a week.  I'm still not over the bronchitis, but I am better, although still coughing at times.  That said, I really wanted to get out and move, so move I did.  Sort of.  Cary came over to run with me, and it was slow going.  At one point I asked her to take an extra walk break because I was tired, but then realized, no, that wasn't the correct description...it was more that my legs felt like jellyfish.  We hit 2.5 miles and I was spent - it was super steamy, which I'm sure didn't help - gotta love it when it's 72 degrees with 100% humidity at 6:00 a.m.  But hey - I was glad to get that run in.

Then I met Jenny at the park a couple hours later for our walk - by that time, it was a lovely 82 degrees and still just as humid.  At least there was a breeze, and lots of cloud cover.  Funny thing, we've been running and walking at this park since 2010, and yesterday when we walked over the bridge, I realized that the bridge didn't bounce one bit, which was unusual.  I looked back and saw that all of the wood had been replaced, and it must have just happened in the last couple of days, because you could smell the freshly-cut wood and even see some sawdust.  Of course we had to take a picture to document this:
Thanks, City of College Station, for giving us a nice new sturdy bridge!

We walked for 3 miles, so I had a total of 5.5 miles on my legs for the day.  I was tired afterward, but it was a good tired, you know?  I hope to run again tomorrow, weather-willing.  Storms are predicted, but they might hold off until later in the day.

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While neither Jeff nor I ran on Saturday, we did go meet everyone at Blue Baker for breakfast after their run.  Cary had a sample of Tailwind, which is a hydration, fuel, and electrolyte powder that you mix with water; she made some up and we all gave it a taste test.  I was surprised to see that it's clear, even though we were drinking Mandarin Orange flavor.  It was lightly flavored and tasted good and almost like nothing, which I liked.  She gave me the other half of the sample, so I'm going to use it the next time I run 5 miles - maybe this weekend, if I'm feeling up to it, otherwise, next weekend. 

I'm excited for potentially finding something that would take the place of having to use energy gels (GU is what I normally use) during long runs...there comes a time during every long run when I just can't stomach the idea of taking one more GU, but I need that fuel because I'm out there so long.  Plus, the electrolyte replacement is on par with what I was using (Nuun), so this could end up being better overall.  Nuun might have actually done me a favor by switching to that terrible new formula; they've forced me to look elsewhere for my electrolyte-replacement needs, and in doing so, I think I've stumbled on a superior product.  I'll keep you updated.

20 comments:

  1. Wow your bronchities really hit you hard. Happy to hear you are able to exercise again. And I have said it before but I love it that you added walking to your exercise.

    And I love it that your running group is so close that you have breakfast with them even if you didn't run. It's so great to have such a close group.

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    1. We do have a great group! :)

      If I had someone to walk with more often, I'd do more walking (in addition to the running).

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    2. Oh if I only would live close to you. We could walk together and bring Paco and Bella. How fun would that be.

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  2. Glad you are better. Just be careful not to over exert yourself since you are just getting well.

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  3. Don't you feel so accomplished when you get that many miles in early in the day? I can't wait till school"s out so I can get up and hit the trails before 8 am!!!
    Glad you may have found a replacement for you Nuun!

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    1. I love getting my run done early in the morning. And sometimes later in the day I'll think I'm being lazy by sitting and knitting, but then I'll remember that "oh yeah, I DID exercise today" - win-win! :)

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  4. Wow, you really jumped right in after a week of being sick! 5 1/2 miles in one day is quite impressive, IMO.

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    1. I was pretty tired afterward, but my legs aren't sore today, so I'm happy with this.

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  5. You know I love my Tailwind. I switched to it a few years ago and ran a huge PR for my 2d Chicago Marathon. I never hit the wall. And no portapotty stops is always a win.

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  6. I can't wait to hear what you think about Tailwind. I'm fine with ShotBloks and water and Nuun (I found some online!!!) right now but sure would like to have another option.

    As you know I've had bronchitis many times and it sucks the life out of your lungs and your legs. I think you did quite well for yourself - just make sure if you get coughing too much you slow all the way down to walking so that you don't delay getting 100% better.

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    1. Yeah, I'm going to take it easy on my next couple of runs as I vacuumed yesterday and had to take two rest breaks. Obviously still a little tired from this, LOL.

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  7. Keep feeling better! Bronchitis is rough to get past.

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    1. Thanks - and yes, I'm discovering just how long it takes to move beyond this illness ::cough cough cough::

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  8. Ugh, I'm sorry this is taking so long to get over!

    I'm interested in the Tailwind. I don't do gels and stick with dried fruit and coconut water to get in my replenishment, but I'm willing to try other things.

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    1. I bet you would like Tailwind - wonder if you can find it locally to try? I'll have to order mine, unless I happen to be in Austin or Houston soon, which are over 100 miles away.

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  9. I know a few people who use Tailwind and like it! I look forward to hearing your thoughts :)

    That's funny about the bridge! LOL. It's nice the city is repairing things that need it!

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    1. The bridge repair was a pleasant surprise!

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  10. That is such a pretty bridge. I have a thing for them. I hope you are over that bronchitis very soon!

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