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.
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.