Or, more appropriately, listen. I sometimes need some light background noise to help me focus on work, but I am honestly not a huge music person. Usually I play podcasts when I need background noise, but this week I started listening to Harry Potter on Audible as I worked. I’ve read the books so many times that the story won’t distract me from work and I enjoy having something longer than podcast. The book just plays in the background as I get into a groove of working on training plans and coaching.
I am really enjoying re-reading books right now. A good book always reveals something new upon another reading, even if it’s the fifth re-read.
Outside Magazine featured a recent article titled “Life Lessons from Joan Benoit Samuelson” and this particular lesson stood out to me: “Technology is a good servant and a bad master.” Samuelson talks about how she learned to use her GPS watch on a run and when to leave it at home. Don’t let it control your runs, but use it to your advantage in training.
That’s the approach I’ve been taking for the past few months, after spending a long time learning exactly how threshold, interval, and other places should feel. I am still overall a proponent of training by feel, but pace provides valuable feedback during certain runs. There’s no value in running faster than a workout should be and a GPS can keep you from turning that tempo run into a 5K time trial. But on easy days? I only look at that thing after the run.
The approach reminds me of what Matt Fitzgerald said in his interview on the Running for Real podcast: run by effort on easy days and pace on hard days (paraphrased).
Ryan’s outdoor gear business, The Gear Well, recently launched a casual wear collection including T-shirts and hats. The shirts made of a soft, breathable tri-blend and are so comfortable. The moose tee is my favorite. The unisex small was a bit baggy on me, so I would recommend ordering the women’s cut for a more fitted shirt. I’ll probably try the women’s cut with this bear shirt. (P.S. Stay tuned for a giveaway soon!)
REI hosted their annual Memorial Day sale, so of course we had to go to their flagship store and shop. I had been searching for a larger hydration system since Ryan, Ollie, and I started running our long runs together. The small Amphipod bottles that I stashed in the pockets only suffice for Ollie now, especially when we have to dump water over his head to keep him cool.
I dislike waist belts that place the water bottles near the front of the hips, I wanted something less annoying than a handheld, and I didn’t want a full hydration vest (yes, I can be that picky about things I carry/wear on a run). I found this Nathan Peak Waist Pack, which places the bottle in an easy-to-access position against the lower back. I usually carry my phone in my back pocket and barely notice it, so I am hopeful that this one is comfortable.
My mom randomly sent us some Epic snack sticks (thank you, Mom!) and I was very surprised at how delicious these were. I’ll only eat Paleo jerky because that ensures no soy or creepy preservatives, but some Paleo jerky is more of a jaw workout than a satisfying snack – not ideal for a hiking snack. These jerky strips are tender, flavorful, and well-seasoned. My favorite flavor is the Venison Steak with sea salt and pepper.
Do you re-read books?
What’s your current favorite snack?