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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