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.

Heart Rate 

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.

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  1. What? There is a salted caramel gu? And I do not know about this? This is terrible. Must run to REI to pick this up now. Thanks for the hint! I love anything salted caramel!

  2. I'd love a bike - maybe one day!
    Re: push-ups - I am terrible at those! We had to do 10 at Pilates last week and I managed about six. Something to work on!
    Hope your training is going well - not long to go now!

  3. I just bought some of the Salted Caramel GU to try today. I am planning on using it on my next long run! You are doing awesome with your training!

  4. Wow, great mileage even without the cycling, etc! And I'm with Amy do I not know about caramel gu? That's a travesty!!!!

    Sorry, I saw "Jack Daniels" and immediately thought .....well, you know :)

  5. The salted caramel gu is a good one. Awesome job on the pushups. I need to work more on upper body strength.

  6. Wow, 6 sets of 25 pushups? I can't even do one. That is my goal--do ONE non-girl push-up (yes I'm a wimp).

    I need to start fueling for long runs I think, so I will have to try out new Gu flavors!

  7. I'm dying to try that salted caramel gu but haven't seen it yet. I didn't use to like gu but now I tolerate it just fine.

  8. I wish I had the energy to bike after running. I've been looking at spin bikes and toying with the idea.
    As for that Gu, I love caramel but during a run? It sounds sweet. It would be fun to try though.

  9. Fantastic week of training!! I'm not a Gu/gel person myself but caramel sounds yummy.

  10. What a great idea for the push ups. I have no upper body strength. I need to start to do push ups.


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