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Monday Run Day

I have decided I am going to use this weekly topic–Monday Run Day–to record my running from the previous Monday through Sunday– or yesterday as is today’s case. This will be fantastic motivation to get me out and running through the week. I’ve been slacking on my runs, as today’s recap of this past week’s running will show.

So this past week is going to be super sad for sure. But I’m going to use this as a way to say to myself, “Come on, Cindy! You can do so much more than that! So shameful…” Tough love from the voice in my head, huh? Winking smile

For reference, I track all my runs with this app on my iPhone 4s.

It’s the most fantastic thing ever. It uses the GPS from your smartphone to track your distance. You get a message after each mile you complete, telling you your time for that mile and the duration of your run so far. If you go to the website, you can create your own routes and look at the stats from your previous runs: like the altitude, MPH and splits. I seriously love this app!

So let’s get this Monday Run Day started!

From August 30 through July 5, I got in a whopping 2 runs for a total of 5.2 miles. Whoo!
For shame… I’ll get myself back in the swing of things, I will! Winking smile

The first run during that time period was a short but sweet run. I had gone for a lovely dog walk before that run so I didn’t change my workout back to run. It truly was a run, I promise. Try walking a mile in 9 or 10 minutes. Winking smile
I added another mile on my second run for the week for 3 miles.
This was a rough run, though. My goal was to run 2.5 miles so I deviated from my usual path so that I could add extra distance. I just started running on random streets and taking random turns. When my running coach, as I like to call her, alerted me to my second split time, I thought to myself, “negative 14 seconds from my first split…hmm let’s go to 3. I got this.” I was starting to feel the heat and humidity get to me but I knew I could push through it.

I pushed my body a little too much this time, though, and boy did I suffer for that for the rest of the evening. That last split was rough! My body was overheating far too much and I had the worse cramps in my lower abdomen. I had remembered reading a recent article in Hammer Nutrition’s magazine Endurance News about beating the heat on race day.
If you’re running, take a one-minute walk…highly competitive athletes might scoff at walking or coasting, but when it comes to core temperature, nature gives you two choices: cool down or DNF [Did Not Finish].”
I definitely wanted to finish my run and get back home so I slowed down to a walk for a good 15-20 seconds. I could really feel the heat flooding my body, then slowly easing up. It was so relieving.

I was able to finish up the last .3 miles strongly–compared to the .7 miles. No DNF for me!

#Proof of the effects of a deathly run…no, it’s #proof of my rough run. No run is a bad run, though!

I need to get in more runs this week. I need more to report! Winking smile
Runs for this week start today, so I gotta get to it!

Beat the Heat Tip

Fall is coming up soon but this summer has been a pain and I wouldn’t be surprised if the relentless heat and humidity stick around for a while. Keeping well hydrated is important. I tried out this little iced lemon trick to spice up my water.

I sliced up a lemon and placed the slices in a muffin pan, lining the bottom of each cup with a slice of lemon. I did my best to take out most of the seeds.

Then pour water over the slices and fill the cups.

Place in the freezer until they’re all frozen.
Set the pan in a warm, shallow bath of water in the sink so they can thaw just enough to slip out of the cups. You can also let them sit out on the counter for a while. When they have thawed out enough, use a toothpick or fork to pull out the “lemon cube.” I stuck a knife into the pith, right below the zest layer of the lemon. This gave me a better hold on the whole lemon cube.

Store the lemon cubes into a container so they’re ready to use whenever you want to throw one in a drink.

I love this idea so much! I use the lemon cubes when I want a refreshing drink of water at home.

They’re also so convenient when I’m on the go. I throw a lemon cube along with some regular ice cubes into my blender bottle to help me beat the heat. Fancy drinking right there! Winking smile

Fun fact:  I also added in about half a packet of stevia to my blender bottle, and the faint lemon taste and sweetness made me feel like I was drinking lemonade. Super yummy.

Give it a try! Open-mouthed smile

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