So, it’s hot out, huh?
I had 13-14 miles on tap for this morning, and woke up early to see that it was already 80 degrees (80% humidity) at 6:00 a.m.
I ate a banana, decided to suck it up and get it done. I froze my water bottle filled with Recharge (Whole Foods version of Gatorade) the night before, which was actually a great decision – kept cold for about an hour into the run.
I started out pretty slow, but the run was actually not so terrible. After about 90 minutes I didn’t even notice the temp or humidity, and made sure to refill my water bottle regularly (and throw water on my face – this worked well!).
So, ~14 miles done in Central Park and Riverside Park in a little over 2 hours. I spent a good amount of time on the bridle path, and no incidents with rogue rocks to report 🙂 Hooray! My long runs will be progressively longer from here, and I’m excited to get into the nitty gritty of training.
My breakfast tasted extra delicious after such a tough run – Kashi Go Lean, Trader Joe’s Twigs, Flakes & Clusters (this is soooo good!), organic strawberries and almond milk.
Because today promises to be obnoxiously hot and I sweat a good 900 pounds off this morning, I’m making sure to hydrate like it’s my job. In order to get some extra electrolytes in, I added some coconut water to my regular water.
This stuff is delicious and refreshing! Let’s investigate.
Coconut water has recently become popular for a few reasons (in my opinion) – it’s semi low in calories and appeals to those watching their weight, is a great source of electrolytes and helps with hydration, and it tastes reallllly good. I have to say, even after about 10 ounces of the stuff I feel pretty good. Maybe it’s in my head? The facts for about an 11 oz. serving:
- Calories – 60
- Fat – 0 g
- Cholesterol – 0 mg
- Sodium – 60 mg
- Potassium – 670 mg
- Carbohydrate – 15 g (mostly sugar)
- Protein 1 g
- Magnesium – 25 mg
So, a little less sodium and calories than Gatorade (110 mg/8 oz.), but actually more sodium than the Recharge stuff I’ve been drinking (only 25 mg/8 oz. – why didn’t I realize this before??). I *think* coconut water is one of the best sources of potassium there is (bananas and potatoes are great too but lag behind a bit).
So, overall a great choice for anyone that needs to hydrate – I’m wondering how coconut water would be on a long run and may try this out next week… I’ll report back if I do!
Sometimes my stomach is a little iffy after long runs, but I’m surprisingly ravenous already today. I turned to some of my lunch favs for help.
Natural PB, apricot preserves on toasted whole wheat
Fresh (and I’m talking fresh – soooo delicious) pineapple, organic grapes and some Greek yogurt
The rest of the day will surely involve much more hydration, air conditioning, a potentially delicious dinner involving quinoa (making my own recipe, fingers crossed it’s good!), and more air conditioning (either in my apartment or an outside venue) 🙂
Question: Have you tried coconut water? Thoughts?