Morning, friends! How was your weekend? I’m a little bitter about that Superbowl…
Though the game was in San Fran, I was running around the city on Sunday morning for the Superbowl 4 Miler, that started and ended at the Panther’s stadium. It was so so cold. I think the cold helped speed me up though.
I ran a PR (27:04) and won my age group, and Ed won his age group too! Ed was so excited he closed his eyes..
I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and Trish for a week in review and Jill for Inspired To Be Fit! I have a fun little giveaway for you guys at the end of the post, but first, let’s chat about some running essentials I take with me on my runs.
I love the feeling of being able to just pop out the door into the fresh air and explore the territory around me. You know when you don’t have to drive to the gym, wait on anyone or anything, and can just head out and go? I can let go, let my thoughts wander, or bounce along to some 90’s jams (you know it happens). Whether I’m training for a race or not, though, I like some flexibility in my running plans and schedule. If I’m supposed to run 6 miles one day, and I only get 3 in, no biggie. Or if I’m supposed to run 4-5 days a week and I only run 3…it happens.
Nonetheless, I love running most for the endorphins and change in mood and mindset it can provide. I wrote about last week about the blahs, and as of recently, I’ve ultimately learned that incorporating some sort of exercise after those blah feelings really works. Sometimes you just need a day away from exercise, and to call a friend or watch a funny show, but in most cases, a run can help me. You guys had some great suggestions for how you deal with the blahs, which I’m going to remember for next time.
The things I usually take on my runs include my Garmin watch, a Nathan belt (NO BOUNCE!), and if it’s cold, I’ll make sure to take some gloves. I’ll also usually take my phone and some headphones that I stick right in my Nathan belt.
If I’m running over 60-70 minutes, I’ll usually take a huma gel. I love these guys for so many reasons – they’re extremely portable, provide those necessary electrolytes and easy-to-digest carbs to continue to fuel the muscles during/after exercise, the flavors are out-of-this-world amazing, and there’s no GI discomfort for me. I’ve found that the GU’s just don’t sit well in my stomach due to their higher viscosity (and ingredient list), but HUMA is free of the maltodextrins and weird ingredients I can’t pronounce. And they have CHIA seeds – helllo, my favorite!
All of Huma’s products are also vegan and gluten-free and some of them have the option for caffeine, if you need that boost.
As a HUMA ambassador and because I love HUMA so much, I wanted to share a free giveaway with you guys so you could see how great the products are for yourself!
HUMA was kind enough to send me a variety of flavors to share. Whether you love HUMA or have never tried them, this is a great chance to give them a try! The winner will win a variety pack of flavors. Enter below and the winner will be randomly selected. The giveaway will run through 2/14/2016 at 12 am. Good luck!
What essentials do you take on your runs (long or short)?
What do you most like about running, or exercising?
Note: I received these products at no cost as a brand ambassador. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.