Friday Five: Summer Drinks

It’s Friday!!  It’s Friday!!  Oh my!!  It’s Friday!  (kind of sing that just a little bit)

I’m super excited about today’s Friday Five.  It’s all about our favorite summertime drinks.  With temps up high, who doesn’t love some cold refreshing beverages.  Some of them taste great after a run; others are my go to beverages when we hang out at the beach or pool.  favorite summer drinks#1 Iced Caramel Macchiato

I’m a sucker for iced coffee already, but with the added sweetness of the caramel, it’s that much better.  I’ve treated myself to one of these after a few morning runs already this summer.  It just tastes amazing after a hot, steamy run!icedcoffee

#2 Petey’s Bing Cherry Sodas

I found these sodas at the grocery store and I’m hooked.  I love cherry flavored anything so these are a win! They come in 3 different flavors, but the blackberry cherry is my favorite.  I have started drinking these more in order to try and stop drinking diet drinks all together.  They only have 40 calories so I feel the trade would be a win.

This just in!  They have just announced a new flavor: Bing Crisp!  It combines apples with cherries and only 30 calories. Score! #3 Fruit Infused Brews

I am usually an IPA girl, but I’ve broken from my usual beer now and then for all the tasty fruit infused brews.  My absolute favorite which surprises me is Illusive Traveler, a grapefruit shandy.  I don’t usually like grapefruit very much, but this beer is so refreshing and light that it makes it the perfect beer for the beach and pool.  I also like Curious Traveler, a lemon shandy and Big Squeeze UFO from Harpoon.  I treated myself to my other favorite the other day after mowing the lawn, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’.  It was THE perfect beverage!  It’s not a fruity beer, but it’s a tasty hoppy wheat beer, which is a lot lighter to drink in the summer. It’s silky like all the fruit ones too. #4 Half and Half Tea

I’m not usually a iced tea drinker, but lately, a glass of really super cold iced tea hits the spot after a run.  Here in NC, we have sweet tea, but I like to mix my tea about 90-10 (90 percent unsweet, 10 percent sweet).  It’s just the right mix of sweetness for me.

#5 Good ol’ fashioned iced water

Nothing beats a glass of iced cold water.  There’s nothing quite like it.  Everything else tastes great, but water just quenches your thirst.  I go through bottles of Essentia more now in the summer than I do in the winter time.  I feel like it’s the one thing that I can do daily to be sure that I’m not only hydrating for my runs well, but then I’m also drinking it post run to make sure I’m putting everything back in. essentiapic

What are your favorite summer drinks?

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TOTR: Runner Nutrition

For this Tuesday on the Run, we’re talking Runner Nutrition.  I can’t speak to what are the right or wrong foods or fuel for all runners, but I can tell you what works for me. For most runners, it’s a mix of trial and error until you find what you can handle.  Everyone’s tummies are different.  Most of us will find what works for us and stay with it.

Pre-Run Nutrition

I eat Clif Builder’s bars before my long runs.  It’s just the right mix of protein and carbs for me and it works pretty good at keeping me pretty well fueled throughout my run.  Although lately, I do feel hungry mid-run more on my second long run.  I’m sure that has to do with the insane amount of miles we’ve been running lately.  I have some friends who eat peanut butter bagels, oatmeal and hard boiled eggs, and Greek yogurt.  See what I mean?!  Totally depends on what your tummy can handle.clifbar

I’m a huge fan of Essentia.  I drink it regularly now and have noticed a huge difference since I first started drinking it.  I love that it’s just kicked up water with electrolytes.  It’s all the good stuff my body needs without adding extra calories or sugar.  Huge plus for me since I don’t handle most sports drinks well.essentia

During the Run

My nutrition on runs has changed recently.  Using the MAF method means that my body is burning fat for fuel and for the first time in the entire time I’ve run long runs, I’m not taking in any nutrition.  I haven’t needed it.  I carry it with me, just in case I start feeling low, but in all the weeks we’ve already run, I’ve taken a Clif Shot Blok one time.  This a huge change from when I was taking a shot blok every 4 miles.

If I’m carrying water, I fill my bottles with Essentia.  I like to have it on my long runs too.

Post Run

My post run food and drinks change on what I have a taste for or where we are going for our post run breakfast/lunch.  I always have the rest of my Essentia and usually order more water whenever we get to where we are eating.  I sometimes have chocolate milk.  I have been drinking a diet Pepsi after a run.  I like the carbonation after tons of miles of nothing but water.  I try to eat a mix of protein and carbs with my meal.  After some runs, we’ve had a cold brew with lunch.  I’m not stuck with an actual post run meal routine.huevosrancheros

I do make sure I hydrate well the rest of the day.  This has been essential in maintaining the miles each weekend.  I also have started drinking a Naked protein smoothie on most Saturdays or Sundays.  Some weekends, I’ve not been hungry after eating so I like the smoothie with protein because it still putting good stuff back in even if my appetite hasn’t come back.

For other nutritional ideas, I wrote a post a while back also sharing some of my favorite fueling foods and drinks. You can also check out what other bloggers are sharing.

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What’s your typical nutrition? Are you a creature of habit or does it change per day?

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Training Essentials

With marathon training over halfway done, it seemed like the perfect time to look at some training essentials.  Besides shoes, clothing, and a watch, here are some other training must haves that are just as important to me!

HYDRATION

Never underestimate the importance of staying properly hydrated.  I’ve posted about my love affair with Essentia Water before and it is still going strong.  I’ve upped my intake of Essentia now.  It’s the only water I use exclusively on my long runs and I now am drinking it every Friday and after my long runs on Saturdays.  As I get closer to my marathon, I really am contemplating wearing my water belt so I’ll have my bottles fillled with Essentia throughout the race.  After this weekend’s race in Fayetteville, I realized that the regular water and sports drinks available at the stops really weren’t cutting it.  I’ve run in conditions similar to last Saturday and didn’t have the break down with hydration that I’ve had before and I’m convinced it’s the difference that Essentia has made in my training.essentia

FRIENDS and FAMILY

Having a supportive group of people who are there to run miles with you, cheer you and support you through training is greatly appreciated!  For me, knowing that I’m meeting someone to run is such a huge motivator and it makes training fun!  I know that I’m fortunate to have a large group of friends who run and I’m thankful that I do.  I also love that Nick and Hayden are always encouraging me as I head out the door to hit the pavement on my weekday and long run days.  Knowing that they believe in me makes a huge difference!2014-06-07 07.08.28

HUMOR and FUN

You have to be able to laugh at yourself and have fun with your training!  I follow my training plan and do my best to complete all my runs, but sometimes you just have to laugh and have fun with it all and not take it too seriously.  Some days it’s just not happening and you’ve got to be willing to just go with it and turn it into something more entertaining or it will flat wear you out.  Cara and I were having a miserable time running Wrightsville Marathon in March.  We just stopped at a DJ station, started dancing and laughing at ourselves.  Why should we continue to feel miserable and beaten up?!  Just stop, breathe, and put some fun back into it.  Plan runs around events to make it more enjoyable!  We’ve run from yogurt shops, restaurants, our favorite breakfast places just to mix it up!2013-09-28 13.34.17

ANTI-CHAFING GOODIES

Something that’s not fun, chafing!  If there is one product that I’d recommend more than any would be an anti-chafing stick.  Holy smokes!  There is nothing worse than getting into a hot shower and finding out that your sports bra rubbed along your back for those 18 miles and left one nasty burn.  Whew wee!  That hurts!  I really would love to invent a contraption like a spray tan booth where runners can spray their whole body with a lotion to prevent chafing.  I’d do it in a minute before every long run!

A ROLLER, A STICK and A YOGA STRAP

The pain contraptions of training!  These are a lifesaver when you need to help loosen up an IT band, stretch muscles, roll out some hard spots on your calves, etc.  Stretching is such an important part of running and investing in any or all of these will be of great help at some point during training.  Truly they are helpful in working out any soreness or tightness!

Check out other training essentials over at Powered By BLINGPretty Lil Mudder, Half Marathon Mama,  Girl on the Move and The Runner Within for Let’s Talk Training Thursday! Jill Conyers and MCM Mama Runs for Tuesdays on the Run where I’ve linked up!

 

What are your training essentials?!  What gets you through your training?  Share!

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Fitness Friday – An Electrolyte Alternative, Essentia Water

You’ve just finished a long run on a hot, humid day.  You are sweaty and as you touch your arms and face, you quickly realize that you are covered in what feels like salt.  That would be a sign of what your body has lost during a run on any given day.  If you are like me, there are days when I finish running and I have a lovely salt beard.  I’ve sweated to the point, the salt actually starts stinging my skin around my eyes!

The dreaded salt beard

The dreaded salt beard

I really struggle with the amount of sodium I lose when I run, even more so when the temperature and humidity are high or on days when I’m just sweating way too much.  I also struggle with ways to get the sodium back into my body during a long run.  I’ve tried several different sports drinks, but end up getting heartburn halfway through a run from them.  They are just too acidic for my tummy and with the added sugar in some of them, they upset my tummy sometimes.  That’s a risk I’m not willing to take!  I’ve tried tablets that you drop into your water bottles that add electrolytes.  The downside of those is that they tend to make the water fizzy and it’s the last thing I want on a run.  I have even carried fast food salt packets on long runs, just in case.  All of this has really left me frustrated on an viable option!

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine posted on Facebook about this electrolyte water that she was drinking called Essentia.  I had never heard of it, but was instantly intrigued by it.  This could be the answer I was looking for.  I went to the local grocery store and purchased a bottle of it.  That weekend, I filled all my water bottles on my belt with this water only.  I ran my long run and drank the water along the way.  Upon finishing my long run, I instantly noticed two things.  Number one, I was not salty AT ALL.  I mean, no where.  I didn’t even have the dreaded salt ring around the neck of my tank top, no salt beard, nothing.  The second thing I noticed that I didn’t have the normal achy feeling in my legs when my body would have kicked out a lot of my sodium.  I felt pretty good!  Hot damn!

I’ve since started drinking a 1.5 liter bottle the day before my long run and during my long run strictly.  I’m stoked!  I finally feel like I have something that works for me.

I’ve added it to my monthly Subscribe and Save from Amazon and I’m paying $18.60 for 24 liter bottles.  Not a bad deal!

My first case!

My first case!

 

What are ways you deal with replenishing electrolytes during a run?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated!

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