Wednesday, February 27, 2013

training update & race day must haves

Hi everyone!!

My training has been going very well. I am up to 9 miles as of this past Saturday and am looking forward to crushing another 11 this Saturday.
One thing I recommend to those training, especially for their first half is to join a running group or meet up with a buddy at least once a week for longer runs. I know a lot of people like to hack it alone, it helps clear their mind and such, but for me I need someone there pushing me, encouraging me and just someone to chat with here and their. It helps the time go by a lot faster too.

Another thing I suggest is to educate yourself on proper nutrition and hydration. Especially once you get past the 6 mile mark or an hour of running. Your body needs to be refueled and hydrated to prevent fatigue, dizziness, dehydration etc. I like to make sure I have a lite, yet filling breakfast the morning of a long run or race. I always have the same thing. Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana slices with a big glass of water. I also make sure to have water and gels on me to take while out on the course. I usually sip water every five to ten minutes and take Cliff Shot Gel 30-45 minutes into my run and then Sport Beans as needed.

This doesn't work for everyone. I know plenty of people that don't carry Gels, Chomps, or Gu's out with them or even water and they do great with out it. I, however do not. Training is a great time to test different things out and find out what works best for YOU. 

I am just a few weeks away from race day. Check out some of my favorite race day gear below.


My race day must haves
 race day must haves

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Snack Attack!

My new post run snack is plain Greek yogurt, peanut butter dip. So good!!! I've only tried it with apples, but I think banana would be good too.
2 table spoons of plain Greek yogurt
1 table spoon of peanut butter
Mix and serve w/ fruit of choice or spread over toast.