That’s right, friends. If you checked in to the blog yesterday, you know that I completed my 20 mile run before work Monday morning! I had shifted my plans a few times and was uncertain about when I’d get my run in (refer to my short vlog about it!) and woke up this morning a bit nervous about getting 20 miles in before work. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I’m fighting off a flu bug – crazy stomach pains all weekend, tired, very upset stomach and some diarrhea last night and this morning…Not the best for needing to get a 20 miler in! So although I was apprehensive, I thought I’d give it a shot and I left the house bright and early after a piece of toast with some honey, a few swigs of coffee and a chug or two of water.
Oh! And I also tried something new to me from my BLEND swag: Schroom Tech supplements from Onnit. Janetha has RAVED about them and I thought a long run would be a perfect chance to try these all-natural supplements out.
Judging by the run…maybe they worked? Here’s a glimpse at the product from their website:
We wanted clean energy, ingredients with a history of use in high-level competition, and general health benefits; we believe we have found it in our exclusive combination of cordyceps sinensis mushroom, adaptogens, antioxidants, and methyl B-12. Shroom TECH Sport battles fatigue with a strategy unlike any other supplement on the market, providing cellular energy through the production of ATP rather than stimulant-based energy, and helping the body to improve oxygen utilization so you can go longer, recover faster, and set a new personal best.
The weather was gorgeous and immediately I was happy to set off on my long run. That didn’t mean the whole thing felt great; on the contrary – I now know what it’s like to run with stomach pain and need to take a pit stop along the way. Although it was rough, I felt like an adventurer as I cruised down trails in my all-black outfit with bright, neon shoes, sunglasses on and small backpack snug against my back. It’s the first time I’ve ever used any type of pack before and, to be honest, often run without water. I know it’s not smart, but drinking fountains only just opened up last weekend around the city (oh, the funny joys of living so far north!) and I’ve never bought any hydration system (all our water bottles are metal and .5 – 1 litre – way too big to run with!). So I tossed in some fuel (today it was my first ever try at Honey Stinger Chews, my keys, a debit card just in case and my Camelbak flopping around in the small pack and was off and running.
For the most part, it worked really well! It was quite weird getting used to it (only someone like me would trial-run a totally new pack carrying system on such a long run rather than a 5 miler!) and I had to keep tightening it up every so often but it did the job and I got used to the (light) weight on my back. It was great to have a pouch for my phone and to know that everything was there, not sliding out of small pockets in my capris or possibly popping off my body as I ran.
I loved the Honey Stingers (I had the Pomegranate Passion flavor – it was great!) and found another fuel my stomach can handle easily. There were 160 calories in a pack, and I usually only take in about 100 every hour and a bit (not exact science; I know you should fuel more often but I need to read up as I’m also listening to my body!) and continued to sip, sip, sip all run on my water. Little sips, especially taking care to drink water after I had some fuel, contributed to how great I felt! Amazingly good (besides the initial stomach issues from the weekend) and I know drinking water consistently for the first time made a big difference. Two thumbs up to staying hydrated!
Afterward I took a semi-cold bath (tried to do the ice bath but just couldn’t!), refuled with some quinoa, cinnamon, almonds, peanut butter, blueberries and almond milk and ran out the door (literally!) to work. Phew! So glad I got that in. Much better in the early morning than the heat of the day like my last almost-20 miler!
I know she didn’t have the race she wanted, but A huge shout-out to Happy Fit Mama who completed her first ever full marathon yesterday! I hope to learn from her recap but have now seen that you should expect the unexpected when it comes to your first marathon! Also, Bobbi rocked her 9th marathon yesterday and PR’ed AND BQ’ed – oh, and finished with a smile! Two different races but all a part of life and a major congrats from me to you two! 😀
Thanks for your support for me along this journey, guys…can’t believe the time is almost here! I am ready for a good night’s sleep and a full day of training tomorrow! 😀 Live well & be well,