GU Recovery Brew
There were a few packages of Recovery Brew in the lovely package* I received a few weeks ago. I’ve now had both flavors after long runs, with one long run in between where I didn’t use it.
The verdict: It seems to make a difference, but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to get it.
I tried the Orange Pineapple a few weeks ago after my 19 mile run. I didn’t love the taste, but I managed to get most of it down. It didn’t bother my stomach at all and seemed to give me some energy afterwards, but I didn’t feel like it was anything spectacular.
Last week I drank the Strawberry Watermelon flavor after my 20 mile run. Now this is a flavor I can get behind. I really liked it and had no trouble drinking the whole thing. I also felt the best that I have after a long run in a long time. I’m not sure it was all from the recovery drink, but I definitely was in a better mood after running 20 miles than I’ve been and I didn’t have my typical mid afternoon crash. Usually, I drink chocolate milk after a long run. That seems to work moderately well for me. I do think I’ll make sure to take a packet with me for after the marathon as we’ll be driving back from Pennsylvania and it’s easier to take this along than milk.
Want to try it yourself? Comment on my giveaway to get a chance to try it! It ends April 21 and two people will win!
To say I’m not a fan of running in warmer weather is a bit of an understatement. All of my FAIL races have involved temperatures over 75*. I’d much rather run in 20* weather than 70*. Unfortunately, I live in the south, so summer running is going to be in the 90s. Bleh.
Today I purposely waited until it was hot and sunny. (OK, maybe I also wanted to go out for coffee with friends first LOL). It was 80* when I hit the road at 11:15. Knowing I only wanted to do 3-4 slowish miles, I chose a fairly sunny route. Once again, I rocked my new Hex sunglasses.
Mile 1: 9:47 (wow, I’m already soaking wet)
Mile 2: 9:36 (oops, too fast, dying here)
Mile 3: 9:49 (this sucks. I don’t want to do this any more)
Mile 4: 10:21 (Keep going. Doesn’t matter how slow. Just.Keep.Going.)
That run sucked, but totally served a purpose. I didn’t enjoy it, but I’ve got to start adapting to the warmth just in case the marathon is on a warm day. I was so glad to be done. I did also get to try out a new pair of shorts (that I bought). They no longer seem to make the Adidas Rebound shorts that I love and I’m having trouble finding the Lululemon style that I like, so I bought a pair of Under Armour Heat Gear attack training shorts. They worked great for the four miles, so I’ll be trying them on a longer run soon. Unfortunately, shorts with longer inseams do not come with built in liners, so I’ll be trying some Under Armour underwear soon too.
Now I’m off to take my second shower of the day…