I’ve talked about that Jeff is coaching for his first marathon, together with different first-timer Cary, in addition to marathon veterans Julia and Brian.  They are going to be working the Houston Marathon in January, which is a incredible race and if you are going to do a marathon in Texas, that is the one to do.  I am excited for them and can fortunately cheer them on throughout race day, however my gosh, seeing how excessive their mileage is already in coaching confirms my long-held perception that I’ll by no means wish to run a marathon.

That mentioned, a part of the coaching is determining what works for every runner relating to hydration, gasoline, and restoration.  Jeff has found that his abdomen is just not a fan of Huma gels, which is sweet to know now, proper?  He is doing nicely together with his hydration throughout his lengthy runs (with our warmth and humidity, if you happen to mess this up you possibly can find yourself within the hospital); he both drinks Tailwind (lemon taste) or Sword (tart inexperienced apple taste) that I combine up the night time earlier than the run, after which refills his water bottles with Gatorade and water that we depart alongside the route for our runners.

For post-run restoration, he is used chocolate milk previously – it has the precise carb-to-protein ratio that’s really helpful by just about each working web site.  However over the summer season I used to be despatched some Tailwind Rebuild restoration drink packets to attempt, and whereas we did a style take a look at at Blue Baker, nobody was working lengthy sufficient distances to warrant needing a real restoration drink, so I shelved them till the final month.

It is available in vanilla and chocolate flavors, in single-serving packets in addition to a bigger bag.

We combine this up with water in a blender bottle the night time earlier than his lengthy runs, and chill it in a single day in our fridge.  After Jeff completed his eight or 9 or 10 or 12 miler (egad, do you see what I imply about working lengthy distances already?), he drank the Rebuild whereas he was cooling down.  He has had some fairly good bounce-backs from doing these lengthy runs and feels just like the Rebuild helps with that.  The one dangerous post-run day he had was after utilizing Huma gels – nothing helped there.  So Jeff recommends making an attempt the Tailwind Rebuild if you happen to’re searching for a restoration drink – all I can inform you since I am not working lengthy distances is that the chocolate taste jogged my memory of my childhood favourite Nestle Fast – the powdered chocolate milk that you just’d spoon right into a glass of milk – so I would most likely drink it as nicely, if I used to be in a severe coaching cycle.


Talking of working, I have never run in two weeks.  I used to be going to carry off till subsequent Tuesday to present it one other attempt, however the climate forecast has modified my thoughts – the morning low tomorrow is predicted to be 57 levels and I simply can not let that first chilly entrance of the season cross me by with out going for a run in it.  I do not endure by means of the excessive warmth and humidity for months on finish solely to not get to benefit from the cooler climate – nope, I am working, calf tear or not.

I’ll add that I feel my calf has improved during the last couple of weeks; whereas it isn’t 100% and I can nonetheless really feel two bumps the place the tear(s) are, they’ve gotten lots smaller, so I must be OK with a run.  I’m actually excited and hopeful that the run goes in addition to it may, all issues thought of.  However cool climate!  A north wind!  That is what runners within the south dwell for!

It hasn’t been all dangerous with not working – for one factor, I am catching up on some sleep in the course of the weekdays what with not waking up at 5:15 am to run.  And on Saturday I took care of Logan whereas the marathoners ran 12 miles:
Wait, that is not Logan…
Not Logan both…
There he’s!  He’d had his flu shot the day earlier than and was additional cuddly for fairly some time…and I did not thoughts that one bit.
He rallied as soon as everybody completed and joined the runners in carrying round a water bottle as a result of that is what all of the cool children do.  Additionally, see the plastic tubs behind him?  One holds chilly washcloths and the opposite is for the used washcloths.  You would possibly discover his moist shorts on this shot – Logan fell backward, butt first, into the tubful of very chilly water and washcloths!  It was so humorous, his little legs had been protruding and he was shocked however not upset at touchdown in chilly water.  After all I would set my telephone apart and did not get an image earlier than he was lifted out, however it was one of many funniest issues we would all seen in a very long time!
Straws, water bottles – who wants toys when you have got issues like these to play with?

Disclaimer:  I acquired a field of Tailwind Rebuild packets to attempt for this assessment.

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