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The zoo and a run for two

25 Jun

On Saturday we headed out bright and early for a day trip to the Bronx Zoo with our friends and their little girl. None of us had been there before and we were all just as excited as the 3 year old!

Bronx Zoo 1 rbbI was especially excited to see the giraffes. Maybe I have an affinity for all things tall?

giraffeIt’s hard to tell, but there are baboons in this photo, along with the Nubian ibex. We ate lunch next to these guys.

ibexThere were so many things to see. We were there the whole day and we only got to see about half of the exhibits and animals!

zooanimalsIt’s hard to pick a favorite, but I did really enjoy the butterfly garden and I was pretty amazed by the tigers. It was truly a fun day and I’m so glad we took the trip!


Mark and I both had our long runs planned for Sunday morning, so we made sure to hydrate, ice, compress, and get some rest after all that walking! When the morning came, we slowly got ourselves out of bed, packed a cooler with runfreshments, strapped the bikes to the car, and went to the nearby bike trail.

First, I biked while Mark ran 3.5 miles. Since it was a pretty casual ride, this loosened my tired legs up. After a little stretching, fueling, and trespassing borrowing a construction site porta-potty, Mark hopped on the bike while I ran 9 miles.

runbikeloveBy the time it was my turn, it was after 10:30 AM and the sun was getting high and hot. I started out feeling pretty good and keeping a comfortable sub-9:00 pace. After the midpoint, I started to struggle. Despite sipping on nuun and water, downing a Gu gel, and pouring water on my head, the heat and humidity really got to me. I didn’t feel like I was in some physical shut down mode – just very hot and sweaty, so I kept going at a much slower pace and just took it easy.

hotrunI didn’t start to feel absolutely miserable until after I finished those 9 miles. The PowerICE electrolyte freeze pop was pure bliss (even though it was lime flavored) and I wish I had about a dozen more of them. I worked on cooling myself down and getting some recovery fuel into my body for a while.

My body felt really weak – I actually fell asleep on the 2 mile car ride home. As soon as we got home, I spent some time under the nice cold water from the hose. Then…I threw up. Twice. (You’re welcome for that.) After some breakfast,  more nuun, and a couple of short naps, I started to feel better.

I’m not a doctor, but I think I ended up drinking too much water and not getting enough electrolytes and fuel during the run in proportion to how much sweat I was losing. (If you’re a doctor or expert and want to help me figure out what went wrong, by all means please email me because the literature on dehydration vs. overhydration is really confusing.)

I’m usually pretty cautious about planning runs in the heat, but this run apparently had to teach me a few things:

  1. Start your run as early as possible to avoid getting the sun’s most direct rays and postpone it if you need to
  2. Don’t wear a black top, no matter how thin and moisture-wicking the fabric is
  3. Skip the compression socks if the heat and humidity are so high
  4. Don’t experiment with putting nuun in one bottle and water in the other on a long run in high heat and humidity
  5. Bring double energy gels on the run, just in case

And that is how my run started happy and ended miserably. If you’ve had a similar experience before, feel free to share!


June came so soon! (A Stridebox Review)

14 Jun

I woke up to a beautiful sight this morning – the sun was back out and ready to play! After running a couple of errands, I set myself up on the front porch for some blogging, reading, snacking, hydrating, and icing (for tomorrow’s 5K).

image_1It seems like it wasn’t very long ago that I got around to reviewing the May Stridebox and here I am with the June box ready and waiting for me to enjoy it. Let’s open it up!


As I started pulling the items out, I was immediately excited about the Foot Rubz Massage Ball. Mark and I had just had a conversation about how he should use a foot roller to help with his new running pains. Now we don’t have to go find one! According to the package, there are over 160 stimulating fingers on the ball that help massage sore feet, hands, or any where. I gave it a try and it feels gooood!


This month’s fuel and hydration picks:


  1. PocketFuel Crunchy Banana Blueberry Almond Butter with kick. Vegan, gluten free, 100% natural whole food fuel with 8g of protein. I’ve never had a crunchy squeeze fuel before, so I’m curious about how that added texture will affect the fueling experience. You can read all about the company philosophy here.
  2. Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix in Lemons/Limes flavor. This is known as “Secret Drink Mix” because athletes claim it has performed better than the leading brands and doesn’t cause bloating or stomach discomfort. I’m looking forward to trying it out, but I’m pretty skeptical that it’s going to be better than my favorite nuun.
  3. Electro Delytes Energy and Electrolyte Citrus Bar. This bar has electrolytes, simple carbs, all natural ingredients, no caffeine and only 55 calories!
  4. PowerICE Lime Kicker Electrolyte Ice Bar. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice freeze pop on a hot summer day? Well, now you can replenish electrolytes after a hot and sweaty summer workout in the same fun way you did as a kid (but better for you). Gluten free, Kosher, no high-fructose corn syrup, 30 calories…and it’s frozen! I’m popping this in the freezer for another one of those 90 degree days!

I’m not one to usually change the laces on my shoes, but I might consider it now that I’ve got a set of Lock Laces. This is a cool elastic shoelace fastening system that keeps your laces tight and secure without the need for double knots. The company also lists improved circulation and prevention of heel crushing as product benefits. They come in a variety of colors and you can use them for any athletic shoe and for multiple activities. I might put these on my Saucony Mirage II’s, since the laces don’t stay tight and the tongue likes to move around.


Remember that time I ended up with some serious chafing after a 10 mile run? This anti-chafe cream with tea tree oil from Blue Steel Sports sure would have come in handy to prevent that painful mess! It can be used to prevent chafing OR to help soothe and calm irritated skin after activity. The tea tree oil (which I love!) adds a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. image_4When I first opened this month’s box, I was a little less-than excited about all the lemon-limey products because it’s not usually my favorite flavor. Now that I’ve had the chance to really look closely at each of those products, I’m looking forward to testing them out even if my taste buds aren’t so jazzed. As usual, the $15 monthly subscription proves to be a worthy investment, as the retail value of June’s contents is over $26!

And finally, keeping in line with the efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle, here’s how I re-purposed May’s box:

strideboxreuse2It makes a great fuel bin for the cupboard!

If you haven’t already subscribed to Stridebox, what are you waiting for?! Go here and get it now so you don’t miss out in July!

Getting ready to run the Freihofer’s 5K…in 90 degree weather

31 May

Tomorrow is the 35th Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K, a very popular and internationally known race. There will be over 5,000 women, from elite professionals to recreational runners. And the forecast is 90F with about 60% humidity and very little wind or cloud cover. Yikes.

First, I’m keeping my expectations relatively low. Since humidity and I are the opposite of friends, I know it’s going to be challenging for me to maintain a fast pace. I’m definitely not trying to PR tomorrow. I would just like to run a strong race without passing out or melting into a puddle.

As soon as the weather report made it pretty clear that this weekend would be a scorcher, I started searching for a light, moisture-wicking tank top to wear with a running skirt. (If I was a bit more comfortable with my body, I’d be rocking a sports bra and racing briefs, but that’s not going to happen.) Here’s what I ended up with:


I’m also being careful to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This might be the first 5K I’ve ever run where I’ll take in water mid-race. I’ve got plenty of nuun to replenish electrolytes because I know I’ll be sweating like crazy. Other essentials for my race pack are a mini spray sunscreen, a pack of wipes, and lip balm.

20130531-215439.jpgI joined my BFF Vicki for a trip to the expo to pick up our bibs (mine is blue) and race swag. Olympic marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson, who is running the race tomorrow, was signing autographs and I was able to say hi just before she was done!

20130531-220909.jpgIt was pretty cool to meet someone so inspirational to women’s running! She signed, “May the many miles of life be good to you.” Love that!

20130531-215503.jpgSince the run is sponsored by major baking company Freihofer’s, the race swag includes a loaf of bread and a box of chocolate chip cookies! Any race that hands out free cookies is a winner in my opinion.

20130531-215514.jpgWhen I got home, Mark was busy grilling an amazing dinner of grilled BBQ chicken, grilled avocados, grilled sweet potatoes, and fresh caprese salad. It was delicious and filling! Perfect for a hot summer night.

20130531-215451.jpgNow it’s time to get some rest and be ready to go in the morning!