Sunday, June 15, 2014

Slow An' Easy

Two weeks into June and the new training cycle is in full swing. Getting the work in as planned but my times aren't where I want them to be. Truth be told, this is more likely to be a function of the heat rather than my fitness. With temps between 98 and 102 for my Tuesday and Thursday night runs as well as temps on Saturday and Sunday mornings hitting the mid-90's, I'm thinking this is the case.

The one thing that I have learned is that a man has got to know his limitations. In the past I would have obsessed over my lack of speed and probably contemplated adding more miles which would ultimately led to fatigue, injury and down time.

The smarter, wiser me knows not to go there. Patience is a virtue and the speed will come; I just need to stick to the plan.

I also want to do some experimenting with hydration on long runs. Plain water just doesn't cut it and Nuun seems to make me bloated and gassy so I'm trying to come up with something on my own. I began by trying creamed coconut in water and that seemed to work well. Now I've come up with a concoction of creamed coconut, local raw honey and sea salt in mixed in water. Along with ENERGYbits, I'm hoping this will be fuel enough.

Now you may be wondering why I don't just buy coconut water, coconut milk or just some sports drink but have you ever looked at the ingredients? I haven't gone full bore health-food nut but I am making the effort to go natural whenever possible and those are just chock full of additives and preservatives.

Besides, I'm a tinkerer.

As you can see, I'm just plugging along but with a few tenths shy of 50 miles in at the mid-point of the month, I've already logged more than the 42 in all of June last year and I'm feeling really good.

How is your summer training coming along?

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