Now that I posted a recap of last year and we are a couple of weeks into the new year I thought it was time to write a post about my plans for this year.
In previous years I would have most of my year planned out by now. This year that is not the case. My only plans are to run the usual big local spring and fall events here, Ottawa Race Weekend and the Army Run.
Last year I broke my annual streak of running the Ottawa Marathon because it was only 6 weeks after the Boston Marathon. This year I am planning to get back to the marathon and start a new streak here at home while once again raising money for the Ottawa Hospital.
Following that in September I hope to be able continue my streak of being a pace bunny during the Army Run half-marathon. Like Race Weekend the Army Run is a big event that is fun to participate in and committing to it helps keep me motivated to train over the summer months.
Other than that I hope to be able to add in some shorter races, 5 and 10 km, that I can register for closer to race day if I am able to fit them into my schedule. I also hope to be able to fit in more mileage with my daughters to build on the success they had with road races last year.
Finally, once again this year I am fortunate to be acting as a social media ambassador for three products I use regularly:
Tonight’s post is a review of a new product I used as fuel for some of my recent runs. I first heard about this one back in the winter when the creators ran an unsuccesful kickstarter campaign. I was instantly intrigued by the idea of trying maple syrup to fuel my longer runs. I’ve had an opportunity to test out Endurance Tap over the past couple of weeks and thought I would share my thoughts on it.
The creators of Endurance Tap announced a few weeks ago that they had gone in to production and had product for sale. Still intrigued by the idea of trying it I immediately placed an order. Fortunately my order came in ahead of the Ottawa Marathon and I was able to test it on enough runs to feel comfortable using it in the marathon.
The first thing I will mention is e packaging. You’ll notice that the pouches are a little larger than standard gels. They also have a screw cap on them. I am not sure how common a complaint it is but I often get sticky fingers from gel packets when tearing them open. I did not have that issue with this type of packaging and the cap was still easy to unscrew late in a marathon.
As for the taste, obviously it tastes like maple syrup but the addition of ginger and sea salt add to the flavour. The consistency was also a positive for me as it is a syrup and thinner than most gel products. I found this made it easier to get down, especially late in the marathon.
In terms of how it affected my performance, I carried three packets with me duing Sunday’s marathon. I took the last two around 26 km and 32 km in. On both occasions my quads were starting to feel heavier and burn. I can’t recall how quickly those sensations came back but taking an Endurance Tap at both of these intervals did seem to provide me with some relief that helped me keeping pushing at a 3:07-3:08 pace. Most positive of all is that I did not experience an upset stomach while using this product.
I am a fan of this product so far. The taste is hard to beat and my experience during the marathon was positive. I plan to continue using it over the summer as I start training for a fall marathon. If you are interested you can check out their website here.
Note: the opinions posted here are my own. I was not paid to write this review.
It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.
Here are this week’s stories…
A post about where belief in yourself can take you.
If you are looking for a new source to fuel your runs check out this review of endurance tap
A post on the benefits of rest and recovery. By the time I get back to running I will have been off for two months so I am hoping the rest will benefit me in 2015.
How to make time for running in December.
With Christmas fast approaching I decided to put together a list of ideas for the runner on your list. Here are some of my suggestions:
- Books are a great idea. There are many good books on running out there. Here is a list of suggestions I put together, some I have already read and others that I want to read. You could also get them a subscription to their favourite running magazine like Canadian Running or Runner’s World.
- Energy bars and gels make for great stocking stuffers since runners are always looking for carbs to fuel their runs. I like GU Roctane gels and Clif Bars. If you are looking to get them something different check out these new gel options made with maple syrup – Endurance Tap and Untapped.
- With winter approaching wamr gear is a must in many places now. If you know a runner like me who is often misplacing them gloves are a great option. You can find several options here.
- Injury prevention and recovery are very important for runners. I have the following items that have been very useful in helping me recover from long runs and precent injury – a foam roller, a Pro-Tec Roller Massager which is great for calf muscles and a Prostretch Plus which is useful for stretching tight hamstrings and calf muscles.
- Finally, if you are out of other ideas a race entry. Whether it is a local race or an out of town race in a location you want to visit a race entry would be appreciated by any runner on your list.
That is just a short list for now. i may add to it if I think of anything else to add as Christmas approaches.
What would be on your wishlist?