Don’t worry, you’re not supposed to be at work
Recently, I haven’t posted anything on Saturdays. Blog traffic is always a little lighter on the weekends, and it just seems I have more good stuff to write about during the week. But the idea came to me (on a run, of course) that perhaps Saturdays would be a good time to tell you about all the things that don’t fit in with my less personal, more informational weekday posts—my own training, baby news, recipes that for one reason or another don’t deserve an entire post, and updates on old posts (like how my coffee quitting is going).
So that’s the plan for now. If it works; I’ll stick with it. If it sucks, I’ll stop.
Quitting coffee made random
If you haven’t yet read my plan to quit coffee using randomization, take a look at it. I started this Tuesday, and it’s working just as I had hoped! The first day, I guessed that the coffee was mostly decaf because it didn’t taste as bright and acidic as usual. But sure enough, I started to feel a little caffeine buzz as I was drinking it. The next day, the coffee tasted great and I thought for sure I had hit the jackpot with a 100% caffeine dose, but I didn’t feel a thing from it. I’m thoroughly confused, which is exactly the aim of the plan. If by the end of the week, I can’t even point to the 100% decaf and 100% caffeine days, that’ll go a long way toward convincing me that a lot of the jolt I get from coffee is in my head.
50K a month away
Only four weeks are left until my next 50K, February 27th at Hashawha Hills. To be honest, I haven’t logged the mileage I had hoped for since having a pretty rough go of my first 50K. I did manage to do a hilly sixteen miles on Thursday, and that went fine. I ran the first half by myself, then met my ultra group for the second half, followed by a veggie wrap and a Guinness at a bar. Though I tried two new drinks from Thrive Fitness (review coming soon!) to fuel up and recover, I made the mistake of not eating or drinking anything during the sixteen miles, and afterwards I didn’t feel very good. Kind of like I did after the worst run of my life, but to a lesser extent. Lesson learned. Maybe.
Anyway, in the next three weeks I should be able to get in a twenty-miler and another long one, so that should be enough to get me through the 50K. My performance won’t be stellar, but after that, I think it’s time to get back to serious training, having enjoyed a nice few months of relaxed running on trails since my Boston qualifier.
Holy chocolate almonds!
I’ve always been a big fan of Emerald roasted almonds, but I’ve stopped eating them recently because they contain a lot of ingredients and are pretty salty. But I still stop and drool over them at the grocery store, and last time I did, I saw these cocoa-roast almonds on the shelf next to them. There are still a few ingredients whose names are too long to be healthy, but I gave them a shot and they are amazingly tasty! And with the chocolate flavor coming only from pure cocoa, they’re probably not the worst thing for you. (Emerald people: if you’re reading this and have any extra lifetime supplies lying around, what could a Superbowl ad do that an NMA endorsement couldn’t?)
The last word
Want more to read? Check out Megan’s latest Running Shorts post “Who stole my Boston Marathon spot?“.
And since you’re presumably a dedicated reader, consider yourself among the first to know that I have a fantastic interview in the works! I can’t tell you who it is yet, but here’s a hint: “Born to Run.” And it’s not the author. Or the Boss.
Have a great weekend!
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