Feeling this tonight…
Let’s come back to Dublin in a minute. I have been blowing through my water on my long runs like a fish during a feeding frenzy. At the moment I have a small and (old) water belt that I use. I’ve had it since I started running. Two lovely golden pods. One is larger than the other and the pods don’t always stay on the belt. Especially if I have been running and listening to my music too loud I don’t hear it fall off and literally on my return of the route path, I have seen a pod laying in the street. I have done this about three times and I have found the pod each time. It’s like the belt that won’t die. So, you can see why I haven’t given it up on this old belt. It’s a zombie belt! Just keeps coming back from the dead.
I decided that I would try some of the electrolyte tabs to give me an extra boost. I went down to my friendly Big 5 sports store and all they had was GU™ tabs. I wanted NUUN™, but to be honest, I’m not sure why. Probably because that’s the brand I hear about the most. I’ve used GU™ gels of course, but not the electrolyte tabs. The purpose of the electrolyte tab is to replace electrolytes when you sweat. As I have said many times, I’m in the land of sweat…and sand. Sometimes I think I’m the Queen of this land….
There were many flavors to buy and it reminded me of all the flavors you can find in Gatorade™. I decided to try the Tri-Berry.
On the bottle it says that “the tabs are reformulated with xylitol to help reduce gastrointestinal distress (thank goodness that’s one thing we don’t need) when compared to sorbitol”. So did I feel magically delicious after drinking it? No. I tried them before I ran to see if they upset my stomach and like most of these things I find them too sweet and leave that tongue smacking after taste in your mouth that you can’t fire hose away. Don’t get me wrong it was good tasting it’s just that it was too much sweet for me with the recommend 16 ounces of water. That’s just me, of course. I diluted it a bit more, which probably defeats the purpose, but I found it much more palatable. I did use them on last weeks run and I felt like I always do…”Brother can you spare some water? I’m out of GU™ drink.” I always want to ask the passing cyclists. Maybe the metric is I wasn’t face down on the pavement? Hmmm, not sure. The overall assessment is that heavy sweating = loss of electrolytes. These babies will replenish that loss. They are easy to carry and it didn’t upset my stomach. Will I try them again? Yes. A different flavor and of course a different brand as well.
This weeks mileage is inching up there! Exciting! I have about 118 more days until the Dublin Marathon. Oh that reminds me, let’s check in with the Dublin cam:
Dublin Cam I can’t wait to stand outside the Temple Bar! Maybe you’ll see me on the drunk cam, oh I mean Earth Cam, Earth Cam! This is a G blog you know.
Ok, back on topic, this weeks mileage. The runs this week were really good. The body is feeling good, despite the heat. I am settling in to a nice groove by waking up at 4:15 and being out the door and on the road by 5am…most days. It’s imperative on the long run day. This weeks long run was 7.5 miles, the pace is a little slower than I would like at around 12 minutes. The run felt good and even was a little overcast today with some humidity. I logged 21.61 miles for the week with 6701.82 miles gratefully remaining. May all your clovers be four leafed! Happy Miles to You!!