Friday, August 27, 2010

Fuelin' up Friday: Gatorade Prime

I finally got the chance this week to try the Gatorade Prime that I mentioned a couple of weeks back. I woke up Monday a little sore and tired from helping a friend lug a couch down 3 flights of stairs (AKA 'strength training'), so I needed a little pick me up before my run that morning. Though it wasn't going be a long run, I knew a little boost would help my overall feeling and intensity during the run.

Taste: Somewhere in between concentrated gatorade and melted popsicle. I tried the fruit punch flavor and while I didn't have any problems with the taste exactly, I did have trouble with the volume/taste combo. The packet is 4 ounces, which is a whole lot of melted popsicle/sugar syrup to take down. Even though I am a girl with a major sweet tooth, it was just too much for me and I only ended up taking a little over half before I headed out on my run.

Energy boost: I definitely noticed the effects during my run. I had that extra bounce in my step, which is really saying something given my current fitness situation. However, with 23 grams of sugar, I'm not sure this would be my fuel choice at the start of a 20 mile run. I do think that its the perfect choice before a speed/track workout, 5k PR attempt, or a short/mid-length tempo run. Maybe thats why they've picked Mr. Bolt as their poster boy!

Overall: Good! I never retched once while drinking it and I would definitely try it again, but I don't think its the solution to my marathon fueling troubles. I think its a good option to get a quick boost before a high energy/intensity workout.

Happy Weekend!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Easin' back into it

Operation regain fitness is going well. So far the plan is to run 3 times a week, with no run really over 3 miles or so. I figure that is enough to get everything loose for a good stretch without risking over exerting or piling it on too quick. I hope to add in 1 or 2 days of cross-training as my schedule allows.
Saturday I went for a nice, but rather sweaty, 3 miler. The weather is doing its part to keep my milage in check (90+ degree heat with 80 percent humidity for Saturday's 3. I missed you too Mother nature) and I seem to return home after each run looking like a tomato (sorry, no pictures). Either way it feels good to sweat and I never regret getting out there no matter how sluggish my pace. No major soreness or pains to report so far. I make sure not to run on consecutive days in an attempt to ease my IT band back into running rhythm.

Keep your fingers crossed!
Happy Monday!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hot child in the city.

Thanks for all the well wishes about the new apt! So far I am really liking it and am very happy with the move.

Its been a bit hot here in the south lately making it a little more challenging to reclaim my fitness. To make matters worse, the only thing I was running last week was a temperature, making it seem even hotter (106 heat index + fever+flu=sweating while sitting still). I managed/was forced to get in a daily dog walk and I am exciting about the new running routes in my new hood. I'm back to moderate good health this week, and I will probably venture out for some sort of run/walk today.

Does anyone have any tips for returning to fitness after injury or illness? I've set a few goals for late fall (nothing drastic, just races I'd like to complete), so I'm just going to take it slow with short outings for a few weeks. Any advice is welcome!

Happy Monday!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Movin' on up....

Sorry for the TV timeout, but Roommate and I have been moving this past week or 'strength training' as I like to call it. Then it took us a few extra days to set up the internets and locate the camera cord, but we are back in business. I know, excuses, excuses, but I took a few pics to keep you entertained. Here's what our past week has looked like:
First load over. Yep, I can fit a lot of junk in my trunk.

The ATL did not get my request for cool weather during moving week.

Roommate doing her part to help. I believe she was testing the couch to make sure it made it through the move.

Brother came down for the weekend to help/celebrate his birthday. I am totally telling mom that he knows how to vacuum.

War wounds from moving! That should really make the IT band feel better.

All in all the move went very well. It really isn't a huge change (less than 2 miles), but far enough that I get to explore new running terrain (its not a runnable 2 miles, no sidewalks and busy traffic). I'll post a few shots of the new 'hood this week as I begin to explore it on foot.

Hope everyone is having a good start to the week!
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