Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ready for the Sun! But they do call it April Showers..

Yesterday we had our Team Challenge Group Practice at San Thomas Aquino Trail at 9:30AM. This is our third week of practice and I look forward to it every week because of seeing everyone. I'm happy to see some new faces that just joined too! Welcome Brian and Peter (and maybe a few others that I haven't met yet...)

This practice was recovery so we did a little over 3 miles. The wind was super strong so that was somewhat of a challenge to run in but I love training with the rolling hills on the concrete. I thrive on those because when I see a hill I try to get myself amped up to get it over with.

Bel and Brian came back with the Spirit Cape and it looks fabulous! They had some super cool iron ons- monkeys and a skull and on the front. Super creative. This week's recipient- Jan will have to make sure to top it! No pressure! Congrats Jan for being $35.00 away from reaching your fundraising goal! It motivates me to keep asking people.

I realize that in the next couple of months I'll be pretty busy so I am going to dedicate myself to making sure I practice running even if I can't make it to practice. I know its super easy to slack off but if I'm going to get stronger and better I need to put in the work! I will be missing next week's practice but only because I'll be doing my first 10k for the Mermaid Series! It will be my first time running 6 miles as well. My friends Secira and Princess will be joining me!

After our training we had a nutrition clinic at Sports Basement. I learned A LOT about drinks to have before, during, after the race. Also about energy gels, chews, and sports beans! The recommendation from the instructor was that everyone's body is different and reacts differently so take advantage of training and figure out what you like to use best. The important thing is to stay hydrated and make sure you are replenishing your body with what it is burning while you're working out.

I'm excited to try the following during training:
- GU Energy in some fruit flavor.

- Power Bar Gel Blasts- you can go to their website and get free samples here!

- Honey Stinger Chews in Fruit Smoothie Mix

- Lets not forget Jelly Beans Sports Beans!! How cool does this sound!

My biggest thing is trying to figure out if my stomach can handle the gels or the chews or beans. Also when I am running will I prefer to squirt something in my mouth or chewing on something without choking? Let me know what you guys use and end up liking!

I'm so glad that after the nutrition clinic we went to Specialty's Deli in Santa Clara! Having lunch with Randy, Bel, Brian, Peter, Brian, and Audrey was great because I got to learn more about them. Hopefully we will do another lunch!

So it started raining cats and dogs today! Grr. I was finally looking forward to going to practice at Campbell Community Center Track but I may have to train on the treadmill. Boo!

On the awesome note I am now at 71% of my Fundraising Goal $1840.00! If you haven't donated please do!

Here are the rest of the pictures from Team Challenge Practice! As always please feel free to take any of them and use them on your own blogs, letters, e mails, donation page, etc. Thank you for letting me take pictures of you!


  1. I used the honey stinger chews on my race. They're delicious. I just walked for a little rest and ate them. It took maybe a quarter of a mile max.

    I think sport beans taste like poo and don't like the idea of a gel, although I know other folks who swear by it.

  2. yay for your first 10k this weekend! can't wait to hear all about it. as for fuel, i'm a Gu person - my fave being vanilla. it does take a little getting used to, but it totally works for me on long runs. i also like Gu chomps for a little added kick in addition to the gels. just try a bunch out during trainings to figure out what works for you : )