Another great summer weekend has passed, but it was a great one!
We took it pretty east this weekend and didn’t go out at all due to Beans’ leg. He is doing great, by the way! He’s off his meds (they only made him super spaced out), but he’s also much more active off of them and thinks he can run and jump already. It’s going to be a lonnnng 8 weeks or more of recovery for him mostly because I have to babysit his every move now. But he hasn’t had any mishaps and hasn’t seemed to hurt himself from what I’m aware, so it’s all good.
To take advantage of the sunshine and try to keep up my “tan” from vacation, we hung out in the back yard together on Saturday.
He was quite the happy little fur man. He loves the sun
In order to prep for my 10K on Sunday, I tried to eat pretty healthy Saturday and stay hydrated. And since smoothie season is officially back, I made a smoothie to help me out.
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/3 cup chopped pineapple (can also be frozen, but fresh works too)
- 1/2 cup spinach or kale (or a mix of the 2)
- a few ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 cup coconut water
Blend together until mixed well. Try not to overblend or it becomes watery.
This is really hydrating for me because of the pineapple (filled with water) and coconut water (great hydrating in summer, lots of electrolytes!). Coconut water is my go-to for hydration pre and post-run. It makes such a difference for me!
Along with this smoothie and drinking a ton of water, I opted for a “whole foods” meal of chicken, corn, and grilled onions. Summer makes it so easy to eat less processed stuff in my opinion.
I wish every meal were like this and this simple!
I did this race last year and immediately after knew I wanted to do it again the following year. It’s a lively race in pretty parts of downtown Boston. There are over 8,000 runners, so it definitely got me excited this year.
The temperature was great at the start, but it got hot fast. Miles 2-4 are an out and back part on a road with NO shade or tree coverage so it gets a little rough. I did the whole fling-water-on-myself thing again this time around too.
I took 2 GUs before the race – one 15 minutes before and one as I started. That turned out to be not such a good idea. I felt kind of crampy and anxious the whole time. My left IT band started getting really stiff halfway through too. But other than that, I pushed myself and gave it my all. I was hoping for a PR, but was 2 minutes slower than I was last year with a time of 1:00:14. Pretty good for me as that’s about a 9:30 pace!
Considering that I really haven’t run much since the marathon as I’ve been keeping it short with 2-3 mile runs 2-3 days a week, that’s not bad. I’m happy with it. I wanted to do speed training and ramp it up more, but I’ve really been enjoying not training since the marathon, so this was just a fun race
The shirt and medal this year were really awesome. Last year’s shirt was so ugly to me (bright blue and yellow). This year’s is a little more tame and the medal rocks. It says “Boston We Run As One.” Love it!
Questions for You:
- How do you stay hydrated in the summer?
- What’s on your summer workout schedule? Races, new workout plans, taking a step back?