Biking, Salted Caramel & More
In addition to running 53 miles this week, I rode my bike three times. It's a lot of fun and I think it will make me a better runner since it works muscles that are complementary to running. For more on that, read this article: Which Kinds Of Cross-Training Are Best For Runners? At the top of my mind is running my best at the St. George Marathon in 7 weeks.
I've been doing more push-ups lately, as in 20 of them throughout the day with a goal of 5 sets total. Sheri Piers, 20th woman overall at Boston this year, inspired me. Sheri does 6 sets of 25 each day.
Jack Daniels says that it's a good idea to keep track of your individual heart rate, which changes according to weather and other factors. I wore my heart rate monitor during my long run this week. Watching it kept my mind occupied in those last slow miles, especially since I didn't have music to keep me occupied.
Since caffeine may help muscles recover after a hard workout, I added mocha Nescafe coffee to my chocolate milk.
I tried the caffeinated Salted Caramel Gu gel this week. It tastes just like its name, like a caramel candy with salt. I liked it, but even better tasting to me was the Clifbar caffeinated mocha gel I had during my long run of 18 miles. I also used the Clifbar Razz, which tastes like raspberry jam and has no caffeine. I couldn't tell a difference during the run between using gels with or without caffeine - not that I expected that, though.