This was going to be a post about all the great running related things I’m loving right now, but I couldn’t come up with that many, so it’s going to be a bit of what I really like and what I really don’t. Hopefully the negative can be balanced out by my excitement over the positive. Right? That’s how it works? OK, moving on!
- Feetures! Socks. I’ve been wearing the Elite, Ultra Light No Show Tab socks since early Spring and I’m finally ready to put my stamp of approval on them. Not that it really means anything. I am usually hesitant to recommend something until I’ve given it a pretty thorough test period. I hate to tell someone that I lurv something after just one or two times using it, because to me that’s just not enough time to really know a product. When the Texas Spring temperatures started heating up and bringing with it horrible humidity, I knew it was time to upgrade my socks, I spent all last summer dealing with blisters and I wanted to avoid dealing with that again. I reached out on Twitter and as per usual, the running community came through with some excellent recommendations. I think I chose Feetures because they were pink and pretty? When I first got these, I wanted to put them to a super test, so I ran in them without putting Body Glide on my feet, which for me is a pretty big don’t. But! No Blisters. NONE. Ever. I don’t even bother putting Body Glide on my feet anymore, and that easily saves me 30 seconds when I’m getting ready at 5:00 in the morning. I’ve run in these with super soggy, rain soaked shoes and never even had the hint of a blister. They are pretty pricey, and you know how cheap I am, but I’m glad I invested in these.
- Lock Laces. So, here’s a funny story for you. Last fall, I was running in a 5K, puffing my little heart out and wanting to keel over and die. But I didn’t, because I was like the 3rd female overall (SMALL race) with 2nd close enough to catch. But then I look down, and what do I see? My stupid shoe has come untied! Do I keep running and try not to trip or take a chance a miss out on a shiny medal? I decided that the glory of placing wasn’t really worth the pain of tripping, so I stopped and tied my damn shoe. I did NOT catch 2nd and lost my 3rd place spot. I did however finish as the top female in my age group, so it wasn’t a total loss. After that day I decided I would invest in these crazy things I had heard about, elastic laces. WTF? Right? Not tying your shoe? What am I, three years old? But I never did. And I kept having to stop and retie my shoes on training runs, and I think I probably drove my poor friends crazy because it happened ALL the time. Worst running partner ever. Finally a couple months ago I decided to stop being a cheapskate and spend the $6 on a set of neon pink Lock Laces. Best decision in a long time (aside from the socks) because now I don’t even have to untie my shoes, or loosen the lock. That alone saves me a good 90 seconds every time I put on my shoes. So if we’re keeping track that’s at least two minutes I’ve managed to save, just by spending money! And that’s at least one snooze cycle on my early morning alarm.
- Blue Gatorade. Does this even have a real flavor? Berry maybe? I don’t really know, but I do know that it is delicious and I love it. I’ve sort of been hating on the Gatorade in the past, and for that I am so sorry.
Dear Blue Gatorade: I’m sorry for all the horrible things I said about you. I was wrong, you are delicious. xoxo
— Steph (@StephRunsOn) August 23, 2013
And now moving on the the negative portion of the post!
- The Nuun stomach ache. The number one reason I’ve started drinking the blue Gatorade is because Nuun has started really upsetting my stomach over the last few weeks, and only seems to be getting worse. I’m not sure what the cause is, and at first I was hesitant to attribute it to Nuun and its deliciousness. But over the weeks, the only common factor in the nausea/pain/heartburn/weirdness is that I’ve added a Nuun tablet to my water and then no more than 10 minutes later, Boom! Raging stomach. The ache comes from every flavor that I’ve tried in the active hydration line. I’m thinking about ordering some of the U natural or Nuun All Day, but then if it keeps happening, I have tons of Nuun I can’t drink. Help me, wise one, what is causing this? Can I be fixed?
- Running Hangover. Where to start with this one? It’s probably related to the Nuun and my hydration levels because it too has only been happening over the last few weeks, maybe two months tops, I can’t remember exactly when it started. Here’s what happens: Thursday night I join my run group for our 7:00 run, I usually do between 4 and 6 miles, and it’s hot. Like 100 degrees or more hot. I hydrate, hydrate, hydrate ALL day long because I do not want to get the running hangover. I hydrate when I get home from the run, usually popping a Nuun into my water bottle, much to my stomach’s displeasure. And when I wake up Friday morning, I have a GIGANTIC headache. Like I’ve had to leave work 2 times because the pain is just too intense. And I get headaches, it’s not like I’m not used to dealing with them, I’ve had mild headaches my entire life. These are super headaches though. Am I dehydrated? Is it just a combination of too hard of an effort in too hot weather? I don’t know, but I’m tired of it! I don’t *think* the headache happens after my Tuesday (also outside in the hot) runs, but I can’t say for certain because I’m forgetful on top of everything else.
And that’s all I’ve got for now. If you have any experience with the Nuun ache or the headaches after running, I welcome your thoughts or advice. I know I could have bigger problems, but right now they are pretty significant to me and I just can’t deal with it.
Now, go buy yourself some expensive socks and laces and have a great weekend!