The end of the school year is quickly approaching, as is the theoretical “end” of every extra-curricular activity the kids do, so it’s been fun cheering on the kiddos in all that they do, but it’s made the days busier than normal as well.
At the beginning of the week, I was feeling off and tired. Really tired. So much so, that in the middle of the week, I had to just take a break after work and nap. I don’t nap, so it was really odd for me. I went to bed early and slept like Rumplestiltskin. And after that, I felt so much better. Guess I was running on empty? But, it reminded me the importance of sleep for recovery. I can foam roll and hydrate until the sun goes down, but sleep, there’s nothing better.
My workouts were good. I took off Monday because of early morning thunder storms in the area, but still managed to run about 30 miles and bike another 18.
Saturday, I had a long run of 10 miles early in the morning, and then ran the Aggie Mile and 5K to benefit the Texas Running Foundation that benefits young runners. My oldest wanted to run the mile and I stuck with the 5K. It was on the Cross Country course at Texas A&M University, which is nestled behind some equestrian fields and stables. So pretty! I’ve never run on a cross country course, and with a lot of recent rain, it was wet and muddy, but not as bad as I had imagined. It was in the low 70s and sunny by the time we started, and pretty humid, so I had no hopes of running a PR. The 5K was nowhere close to my fastest time, but it was a scenic looped route behind the horse pasture, so it was pretty. I was happy to get it done and have my son cheer me on. The fastest 40 runners among high schoolers run in the Top 40 as the last event. Smokin! They were posting 4:20s!! Ah, to be young again. I did get first place AG, which was a total surprise.
I got some fun packages this week. I got my first Motivate wrap when I ordered some other stuff. You knew I just had to get this one, right?
I’d heard and read so many good things about Tailwind, I just had to try it myself. I bought a variety pack to try, and used half a of the Mandarin Orange pack for my long run. I liked that it’s hydration and nutrition combined. It tasted like orange, but not overly sweet, which I liked. It completely dissolved in my water bottle, and it didn’t bother my stomach. I’m excited to try all the flavors! I have yet to figure out how I can use it alone for a marathon when I have two 12 oz water bottles on my fuel belt and there’s 200 calories in one pack. Any suggestions?
So, that’s my week! How was yours?