Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Product Review: Cytomax

Last week, I finished reading Four Months to a Four Hour Marathon by David Kuehls. It was a quick read and it gave me a great piece of advice. The author says to find out what drinks will be offered on the course so that you can train with the same drink on your long runs. 

I went to the marathon website for Cape Cod and saw that Water and Cytomax would be on the course. What? No Gatorade? I had never heard of Cytomax. It sounded like something from an infomercial. 

I decided to give it a try. I'll need a more powerful beverage than water when I get into my longer runs. It just makes sense since I don't want any surprises on race day! 

So far, I've used it three times and I didn't mind drinking it. It didn't taste bad on my 12-miler last weekend. I figure that's a good sign. I'll bring it along with me for my upcoming long runs and hope for the best. For now, I  enjoy saying the name like I'm a radio announcer for a wrestling match... CYTOMAXXX! 
  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Something New

Yoga. 

I've tried it three times. It wasn't easy. But, I'll keep going.  

When I chose my marathon training plan, I wasn't sure what I would do for cross-training, or if I would even bother. But then, I discovered an incredible deal from Groupon for 10 classes at bCalm Power Yoga. I was interested in giving it a try and this seemed like a good excuse. 

I wasn't really sure what to expect. I brought a mat, a towel and a bottle of water. We started in downward-facing dog and went on to chair pose, warrior I, warrior II, eagle and so many more.

I thought we would just do a pose and stand there. I was wrong. Instead, you move into the pose and then carefully examine the shape of your body and make adjustments to challenge your strength and flexibility. Then, you link different poses together and gracefully move from one to the other in conjunction with your inhale and exhale. It was intense and so much harder than I thought it would be. 

Did I mention that the room is heated? Oh, yes. I never knew I could sweat so much. Beads of sweat everywhere. Ev.er.y.where. Luckily, everyone else was just as sweaty so I didn't feel too embarrassed. 

After three classes, yeah, I think I like it. Excuse me while I go work on this pose... 


(Credit:  http://yogagirlsorlando.com/services/power-yoga/ )

Monday, July 16, 2012

Why Run #8

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is best from the top.
- Arnold Bennett

Friday, July 13, 2012

Destination Run - Cape Cod

One thing I love about living in New England is that there are so many destinations to visit and none are too far away. Cape Cod is one of those places. We've visited every summer since we've been in Massachusetts, usually for a weekend camping trip. This year, we went for a few days with family and had another great, relaxing, beach-y trip to the Cape.

Like my new sweatshirt? or the sunset? both? 


Beautiful sunset in North Eastham 
  
Marathon Training Week #3 - Short, easy 3-miler on the Cape Cod Rail Trail

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Destination Week of Runs: Carlsbad, CA

Ahh, summer!


First week of vacation was spent in Carlsbad, CA. Why Carlsbad? It's where MarathonMike's company is based and unfortunately for him, he had to work all week. Fortunately for me, I got to tag along and explore, relax, and relax some more! 


Last week was also the kickoff to marathon training! The race is in less than 18 weeks (114 days to be exact...). I thought it was a neat coincidence that my training began on the west coast for my race on the east coast. The beach was a fun place to run because of the view and a constant breeze. We couldn't have asked for a better week in California. Here are some pics from our trip!


One of the reasons the week was awesome... perfect weather! 


One of my first marathon training runs on the beach! 
  
The beach in Carlsbad--watch your step! 

One place I discovered in Carlsbad was the Museum of Making Music. It has several instruments on display to show the evolution of music making as well as a place for visitors to jam on the guitar, drums, or keyboard. Definitely a neat place for a music teacher to visit! This drum set was used to record several #1 hits like "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher, "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra, and even "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel.
What IS a town without a good band??


Beach in La Jolla 

In Balboa Park, we stopped and listened to the outdoor organ! How 'bout that?
An organ in the outdoors!



At the Rose Garden in Balboa Park
  
Then, we headed over to Coronado to spend some time on the beach. I hope my sandcastles can someday look this good. 
  
The end of our vacation was spent in the "Heart of San Diego" - the Gaslamp Quarter!  Fun place to explore and so many restaurants to choose from. We'll definitely have to go back! 



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