After my failed 50k this past weekend, I was not in a good mental running place. I moped around for the rest of the day like a middle school kid who didn’t get asked to the sweet heart dance. Looking back, it was totally cramps and not a “real” injury which means that I probably could have pushed through the pain. The reason I am almost certain? Because I’ve since had 2 pretty stellar runs.
Yesterday was a 10 mile run with 4 miles of tempo at 6:25/mile. It was hotter than the hubs of hades, but I got the miles in. One thing that I found was that I had a really hard time keeping the tempo miles at the pace that I wanted to. I was either way too fast around 6:15 or was hovering around 7:00. The result was that I felt MUCH more tired than I should have at the end. Maintaining a consistent pace is important. It is the same exact thing as how I feel gassed after an interval session vs just plowing through some miles at the same overall pace.
Today was a 12 mile run (13.1 miles cut short because of time) that was 6 miles easy, 6 miles marathon pace of 6:50. It actually turned into a progression run with the first mile starting at 7:20 and each mile getting faster and faster until I was running 6:30. Opps. All told I ended up with a 7:01 average overall. Not too shabby and only mild hip discomfort.
Here is the deal. Day in and day out, I’m thinking of one thing and one thing only -
Nuun realized that we’re not running ALL the time but still needed something that tasted good during the periods between workouts. Nuun All Day!
Nuun all day is similar to regular Nuun in that it comes in the sweet effervescent tabs and the easy to tote around tube. How it differs is that it is less about replenishing electrolytes (even though it does that a little bit) but is more about flavoring water so that it doesn’t taste boring and getting a few extra vitamins at the same time. Maybe like....17 vitamins. Say them with me!! I created a song to the tune of Devo’s Whip it. “When a problem comes along....Vitamin A!! When a problem comes along... Vitamin C! Vitamin D! Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, Chromium, Sodium, Potassium.” Yes, my song has a lot of verses. The tabs are 100% natural, have no sugar, and have only 8 calories. (It took more than 8 calories to type that.)
Over the last few weeks, I’ve drank two full tubes of the stuff – Grape Raspberry and Blueberry Pomegranate. I really like how it is easy to flavor boring water with a few little tubes that fit easily into my bag. Honestly, I’ve never worried about getting “too much” sodium or anything so had been drinking the ‘full strength’ stuff before. But, I could see how All Day would be a good replacement for someone who just wanted a bit more Selenium. You can’t have too much of that stuff.
All day is work...
(Ignore the pop tarts and the Lean Cuisine... if you want to win, you gotta fuel like a winner)
All day is dinner at home....
All day is sitting around the house doing some coaching
(creepy, yes that is my hand on the cup, but it is upside down)
All day is giving in when your son whines that he wants some
(checked the ingredients, it's fine - no worse than the "go-gurt" he eats)
(and yes... I like my old Jimmy John's cups)
Unfortunately, to everyone’s disappointment I’m sure, I did not try to mix it with beer or wine like I’ve done in the past. I assumed that some sort of Nuun After Hours beverage cocktail is almost certainly in the works so I didn’t want to tarnish the daytime perception. Mixing something with “day” in the title with booze would sort of be like those people who say “you can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning” or “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!”. Wait, I guess I say both of those things!!! That’s it, I’m totally boozing it up when I get home!