I can’t believe the Chicago marathon was one week ago tomorrow! You can read my race recap here if you are interested.
Monday I flew home. I was so unbelievably sore. Parts of my body that NEVER get sore were screaming. The Chicago airport was full of marathoners shuffling around hahaha.
Tuesday I was stiff when I woke up, but a solid 75% better in terms of being sore. I took the day completely off. Both Monday and Tuesday I was ravenous. After a hard workout – your body is furiously working to repair. Even though I wasn’t doing a whole lot of moving around, my cells were hard at work. I did my best to eat lots of nutrient dense food. There may have also been quite a few peanut butter cups. Dark chocolate has antioxidants! Besides, I think it is entirely necessary to eat multiple post marathon treats.
Wednesday I was so excited to go for a relaxing swim. I have mentioned before that swimming really refreshes me. It feels like it flushes out a lot of soreness, and for lack of a better word, crap that builds up in my legs from constant pounding. I did 2500 meters and it was the slowest, most lazy swim I have ever done.
Thursday I felt like I needed a recovery jog. And when I say recovery, I mean it. 3 miles at a 9:55 pace that just got blood circulating in my legs again. I ran entirely based on effort and never let my heart rate get above 140.
I also got an Active Release Therapy treatment on Thursday. Since I am going to jump back into some training in the next couple of weeks, I wanted to make sure things are feeling good and take some pre-emptive steps against injury.
Friday I did an easy 20 mile bike. I had wanted to do it outside, but it was storming. Given my already tentative comfort level on the bike, I opted for the indoor trainer and caught up on my YouTube subscriptions haha!
Saturday I was ready to run. 7 miles at an 8:10 average pace. Again – covered up my watch and went by perceived effort. It was supposed to be raining, but it held off – so it was much more muggy than I anticipated. I so did NOT need that jacket ha!
EnduroPacks reached out and offered to send me some of their product to try. This was prior to Chicago, so post-race I was excited to try it out! In the weeks leading up to Chicago I didn’t want to try incorporating anything new.
I have heard of EnduroPacks because of Tina Muir. I listen to her Run to Top podcast and she always mentions them. The product they sent me was the Liquid Electrolytes. They are sugar-free and 100% natural. The description from the website is, “13 naturally-occuring ionic minerals provides a healthy, balanced, more-effective mineral replacement.” The spray contains many minerals that sustain energy levels, support your muscles, organs and tissues. Basically the goodness of a sports drink but without the calories and sugars.
I have nothing against sports drink, but I prefer to run fasted for shorter runs and eat solid food or Generation UCan before long rungs.
I sprayed 10 sprays into my water bottle and drank it before my run. The lemony taste was light and yummy and it made it easy to drink. I felt amazing on my run and had zero GI distress. I know Tina even carries her EnduroPacks while racing and sprays it directly into her mouth. I do love Nuun, but sometimes it will make me burp (TMI is not a thing for runners #sorrynotsorry), and this didn’t do that at all.
As we get into cold weather and fall running, I think it is easier to forget about hydration. For me, when I’m not hot, I tend to think about drinking water less. The EnduroPacks spray is a good way to make sure you are getting those minerals and electrolytes regardless.