I kind of dread Tuesday runs.
Since starting college training a month ago, my long run day has switched from Saturday to Sunday. Therefore, I have a long run on Sunday and another run plus cross training on Monday, so by the time Tuesday rolls around, my legs are not happy campers. I’m used to having a day off after my long run, not before. So while my long run feels great because of fresh legs, Tuesday is not such a good time!
I took yesterday’s 5-miler pretty slowly (8:32 average pace), so I thought my legs might feel a bit better today.
It was already 82 degrees and 77% humidity at 7:15 in the morning, and I was drenched by the time I reached mile 1. My legs were logs, I couldn’t get my arm swing into rhythm, and my stomach didn’t feel good. The hilly asphalt bike trail made my legs ache even more. It was just one of those days.
But I got through it, and that’s the important thing. Last week, I had to curtail the run and finish later, which I did not have to do today, so I say that’s an improvement!
Tomorrow is a cross-training day, thank goodness. I’m hoping that my body will eventually get used to the new long run schedule and stop complaining so much on Tuesdays!
This summer, I’ve been trying some new things in order to better my running and reduce risk of injury. As I mentioned before, I don’t get nearly enough sodium and eat too much sugar and not enough protein post-run.
#1: Lately, I’ve been using Nuun tablets to get more sodium and vitamins. I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners, chemicals, artificial flavors, and non-natural ways of getting your vitamins and nutrients in, but then again I’m lacking an essential micronutrient and sodium is especially important in the summer because I sweat so much. And Gatorade is much too sugary!
My favorite is probably the lemon-lime tablet. I’ve also tried the tri-berry one (disgusting) and the strawberry lemonade (okay). I use 24 ounces of water instead of 16 since personally the flavor is too strong with 16. I think I’ll also try the citrus fruit tablet.
#2: I’ve also making scrambled egg whites with a lot of salt and pepper for protein and sodium. My go-to breakfast is oatmeal with almond butter and fruit, which does not contain a lot of protein, so egg whites are a great solution to getting your 13 grams in after a run. 🙂
#3: Hip strengthening. Okay, I lied. I’ve only done it like once. But I will be doing it more. I promise. Here’s a pretty good routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7AqGu1j1_8
That’s it for now! I went to a pond and kayaked with some friends yesterday, so that was pretty fun. Also, my friend gave me the best graduation gift ever: Peruvian alpaca slippers! I went to Peru in eighth grade and bought a pair of these slippers in a remote mountain village, and they were legitimately like walking on clouds. Unfortunately, I wore them so much that they completely ripped by junior year, and I resigned myself to the fact that I would never have another pair unless I went back to Peru. You can get a similar pair on Amazon, but they’re not quite the same. But my friend’s little brother went on the same eighth grade trip this year, and she told him to get a pair of the slippers for my grad gift! 🙂