Happy Friday! Each Friday Thrive rounds up some of my favorite things from the week, from food to drink to running. Here’s this week’s list!
I made whole wheat sourdough tortillas this week and they were delicious. The long fermentation of sourdough – 8+ hours for this recipe – renders such a flavorful dough and soft tortilla, perfect for wraps. All I used was 4 oz. of starter, 8.5 oz. of whole wheat flour, about 5 oz. of water, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt – that’s it! It’s amazing how fermented flour and water can transform more flour and water into a fluffy and flavorful bread.
My first batch of homemade kombucha is ready to drink! We chose to flavor it with blueberries and strawberries and the final result was flavorful and just as store-bought, if not better. The kombucha carbonated quickly, and one bottle sent berries flying all over our kitchen, up the walls and along the pantry doors, when we opened it. Apparently, storing the bottles on the fridge door can shake the bottles just enough to cause a carbonation reaction! Thankfully, most of the kombucha remained in the bottle and was still drinkable, and I learned to not fill up the bottles as much (I left about 1/2 inch of space, but will leave more next time) and to store them in the fridge shelves, not on the door.
Our homebrew beer is almost ready for drinking as well!
I experienced some tightness in my calves last week, which is my normal tight spot that triggers my plantar fasciitis. I have some pairs of compression socks, but I don’t really like the heavier, thicker fabric in summer. Smartwool is one of my favorite sock brands (along with Darn Tough) and so when I saw a pair of their compression socks on sale on Amazon, I ordered them immediately.
Like all Smartwool socks, the merino wool is soft and breathable. The socks provide graduated compression and did their job – my calves feel much better. (Doing the calf smash with a lax ball and rolling out with the Tiger Tail roller both helped significantly as well, but the compression socks are much cuter than those tools of myofascial self-torture.)
Runner’s World published a sample of statistics from Running USA’s 2017 National Runner Survey and the results are interesting, albeit not surprising. The most popular distance is the half marathon, fall is the most popular season for running, and most runners run for health and/or fitness. What I found interesting was that most runners are early morning runners.
I revel in number to crunch and data to analyze – but nowadays, paralysis-by-analysis exists because there are too many metrics available to us runners and coaches. We can know everything from our vertical oscillation to our basal metabolic rate to our VO2max, but what metrics are actually valuable to a recreational or low-level competitive runner?
“Which Stats to Track and Which to Ignore” from Outside delves into that very question – with some interesting conclusions. The article recommends tracking Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) and daily/weekly training volume and intensity while ignoring other metrics such as racing weight and calorie equations.
What metrics do you rely on in training?
What time of day do you run?
What flavor of kombucha is your favorite?