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Swimming lessons and some other random things

Just popping in with a quick and extremely random post. Guilt made me do it. So guess what I had yesterday?

The good/bad stuff.
The good/bad stuff.

It was barely my fault. I hadn’t had one since my July post, and have gotten used to not having Powerade in my life. I’ve replaced it with more water (goal #1), coconut water, matcha green tea latte, and an occasional Vitamin Water and bai. However, we were at One’s looong afternoon softball game, and it was warm and I was thirsty. I also wanted to be hydrated for my race today, and Bill bought it for me. Who am I to waste money and generous actions?

It just made me laugh. I don’t like being extreme about any type of food. And just like Coke Zero, a couple Powerades during the year won’t kill me. I am super proud of myself for breaking the addiction though. I’m in a good position to moderate now.

I also had coffee for the first time in two months this week. I wasn't trying to refrain because #coffeeislife, my stomach just hadn't been cooperating. Tall soy mistos for life!
I also had coffee for the first time in two months this week. I wasn’t trying to abstain because #coffeeislife; my stomach just hadn’t been cooperating. Soy mistos forever!

Moving on to other amazing things:

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For posterity. True that it was Bill’s easy run and my tempo run, but still, will there ever be a run again where I log in a faster time than him? Answer: no.

Finally, did I tell you guys that Bill got me swimming lessons for my birthday? I’d been mentioning that I would love to have a coach watch me swim, work on my stroke efficiency, and just generally correct any of my self taught improper swimming techniques. I guess he was listening because he got me six 30 minute private swimming lessons with the head of swimming/masters swimming coach at the Y. What an awesome gift!

Also an awesome gift: the start of fall weather. Barely there but I know it's coming.
Also an awesome gift: the start of fall weather. Barely there but I know it’s coming.

I had my first lesson on Friday. I can already tell that I’m going to love these lessons and get so much out of them. The coach watched me swim a couple of laps and basically told me that I was working way too hard. We worked on my technique from the beginning by focusing on body position in the pool and body/core position during the freestyle stroke. It was so amazingly helpful. I LOVE how he is breaking the stroke down into basic basics. It is exactly what I wanted out of a class.

I only swim once a week, but it is an important part of my cross training routine. It is so nice to give my legs, hips, knees and feet a break from pounding the pavement. Swimming can be relaxing (and that is usually how I choose to spend my swimming day – nice and easy), but it can also be a great workout for your upper body and core, which I love. If you want to work the legs too, throw in some kick board drills and feel the burn. It is shocking how hard my legs work without my shoulders and arms “working way too hard.” Ha.

Have you ever taken a lesson as an adult for swimming or other sport?

How do you feel about food rules? Are you an abstainer or a moderator? Definitely a moderator here (unless kettle corn is involved), but Bill is an abstainer.

 

 

 

Give me a drink

The bad news about racing faster is that it means your workouts get harder. It’s really unfair when you think about it. You push yourself and persevere while simultaneously wondering why you find racing even remotely fun. Then you get a PR. Yay! You ride the high for a day or two. Before you know it your next workout day is up, which isn’t great to begin with, and then you realize you have to go even faster now to keep up with your training. So that’s awesome.

But what's really awesome? This view on a recent run at the beach.
But what’s really awesome? This view on a recent run at the beach.

So my tempo run yesterday. It wasn’t even that my three miles were  much faster than they had been, if at all. It’s that they were supposed to be faster which tricked me mentally into thinking that it felt much harder. Let’s not even discuss the two cool down miles afterward that lasted at least forty minutes.

Tempo Wednesday
Tempo Wednesday

But I digress. The main point of my post today is to declare to the world I mean my two readers that I’m going to work very hard to give up Powerade Zero. It’s embarrassing that I even drink it at all. For the most part, I eat whole foods. Bill and I cook a lot at home. I don’t buy much packaged processed food. Our favorite friends are the ones who like to hang out at each other’s houses and cook and eat good food. I gave up pop (Midwest strong!) two years ago. I stopped chewing gum this year. I care about things like soy protein isolate and BPA in canned beans. Why the heck am I still drinking Powerade Zero nearly every day?

Stir fried veggies with rice and peanut sauce? Yes please. Even if it's on a bench at a softball game.
Stir fried veggies with rice and peanut sauce? Yes please. Even if it’s on a bench at a softball game.

 

I think I originally got into electrolyte drinks after an annual physical with my doctor a few years ago. He expressed some concern that with my naturally low blood pressure, getting even minimally dehydrated during my summer runs could put me at risk for fainting and other negative side effects of low blood pressure (nausea, dizziness, weakness, fatigue). He encouraged me to drink daily electrolyte drinks to help prevent dehydration and keep everything running smoothly.

Know what else helps you to run smoothly? This view.
Know what else helps you to run smoothly? This view.

That made sense to me, especially since I had experienced all of the symptoms of low blood pressure and dehydration after my summer runs. Since I needed only electrolytes and not fuel, I wanted to avoid sugar water based drinks. I tried the drinks advertised as more “natural” without sugar, chemicals, artificial colors and flavors, and drank them almost exclusively for a year. The taste of stevia doesn’t bother me, but my stomach doesn’t love it. Plus, the more I read about it, the more I became convinced that stevia is not nearly as well researched as other artificial sweeteners, and while it enjoys a campaign involving words like “clean” and “natural” there is not much long term research regarding its long term health effects.

Long term health right here.
Long term health right here.

So last summer while we were at the beach (the day before the first Track Shack series race) I picked up some Powerade Zero at Publix because it was convenient and I wanted to make sure I was fully hydrated for the race. It was delicious. And easy. I ran a great race and I logically concluded it was because of the Powerade.

I mean really
I mean really

Over the last year, I’ve been drinking way more Powerade than I need, and I’ve realized that my water consumption has drastically decreased because of it. Sadly, water just doesn’t taste as good to me as it did before. I find myself craving something more flavored and sweeter. Not cool at all. Plus, while Powerade is easy on my stomach, I hate that it has artificial coloring in it and other questionable ingredients. Good thing I gave up Coke Zero.

So here I am ready to be done with it for good. It turns out that there are a lot of foods that are naturally high in electrolytes and I eat them already. Bananas, dates, peanut butter, olives, tomatoes, lettuce, oranges, melons, raisins, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, beans, avocado. The list goes on.

Toasted Ezekiel English Muffin. Cashew butter on one side, avocado on the other. Sautéed kale in the middle. File under sounds gross tastes awesome.
Toasted Ezekiel English Muffin. Cashew butter on one side, avocado on the other. Sautéed kale in the middle. File under sounds gross tastes awesome.

I’m also planning to try some coconut water again once I consult with the Food Babe to determine which ones are legit. We live in a strange world.

If I start experiencing the nausea and lethargy I used to feel after running, then I will stick to my nuun tablets (strawberry lemonade without the stevia). Imperfect, but at least it doesn’t have all of the junk that gives my Powerade that mystical blue color.

My primary goal is to drink more water, but I plan to have this on hand (made with regular old Earl Gray or my beloved Lemon Ginger) for days when I’m simply bored and want a non-water drink. I might give my Tazo iced herbal teas another whirl. Maybe mix in some watermelon juice or pureed fruit to make it interesting? Plus there is always LaCroix, which I love but BPA, and the sparkling waters from Whole Foods are really good too.

I'm saving my absolute love of homemade cold brew coffee for another post. I'll be drinking that too.
I’m saving my absolute love of homemade cold brew coffee for another post. I’ll be drinking that too.

I think I can do it – I’ll keep you posted!

Do you regularly drink electrolyte drinks?

Do you like coconut water? 

What is your favorite flavor of tea?