Running tip: Help your body recover after a long run by feeding it some protein within the first 30-60 minutes after finishing. Chocolate milk, an egg sandwich or a bagel with peanut butter are all good options.
Wow, you guys are good at the hidden object game. You must have read Highlights magazine when you were children. I used to love the hidden pictures. Still do.
You also really know your tampons. Yes, it was a tampon. Naturelle brand. Let me tell you why I have this particular tampon when I don’t even wear tampons (I can’t. I had Toxic Shock Syndrome way back when and still am not supposed to wear them). You see, I was at the Taylor Swift concert the other night with my eight year old daughter and 16,000 other screaming girls under the age of 15 using their glow sticks as microphones. Anyway, we went to the bathroom and I noticed free tampons and pads. I don’t turn down anything that is free, so I stuffed it in my purse. You never know, one of the 16,000 screaming girls could have gotten her period for the first time and I would need to save the day. Always good to have it on hand. After all, I can think of lots of other uses for a tampon (besides the obvious):
- Spin the tampon game
- Trail marker so you don’t get lost
- Plugging up holes in a boat
- Pull cord for a lamp or ceiling fan
- Rescue float for Lifeguard Barbie
- Dabber for greasy pizza
Beth gets a giveaway entry for being the first to guess what it was
Tara gets three entries for guessing the brand (dang girl, you nailed it, did you study tamponology in school or something?)
Paul gets three entries for being the only guy brave enough to write the word “tampon” in the comments
Shellspotgirl gets three entries for guessing the brand
Today I got up at the ass crack of dawn to get in my 18 miler before the chaos of the day began. It was pretty uneventful. I ran the first half with no music and tried to stay focused on my breath and to be at one with my body. For the second half, I decided to screw being present with my body and opted to be distracted by my iPod. I find I’m faster with the music. I tried Hammer/Heed products today – Melon flavored drink and an apple spice gel. These products are much less sweet than most others and I liked the lack of sugar. I had absolutely no tummy trouble. Just a couple skid marks. Success! I also ran in my new Nike Dri Fit socks, which are supposed to protect from blisters. They worked like a charm.
Overall, I did 18.5 miles in 2:44 with an avg pace of 8:54.
I’ve only got two long runs left – another 18 and a 15. Only four weeks until race day.
Post run, I went directly to the Starbucks drive thru where I got a large coffee and an egg sandwich. Decided get some good karma points and told the cashier I wanted to pay for the lady behind me. Turns out she ordered some large ass drink and a sandwich. I wanted to be nice, but not that nice. Don’t people just order small hot chocolates anymore?
What was your long run this weekend? Does music make you faster? How many weeks until your next race?
Drinking: Grande mild coffee with extra cream