Happy Friday! From celebrating fall races to enjoying fall foods, here are some of my favorite things from this week.
10Ks are a popular distance in the fall, whether you are running a fun holiday 10K or racing to beat your PR. My latest article for Runkeeper’s blog gives you tips on how to train for and race your best 10K – at any level of running. If you are a new runner, the 10K may seem intimidating, but you can prepare yourself well and enjoy the race. Even if you are a seasoned marathoner, a 10K can still provide a fun challenge!
I have yet to convert to the club of whole foods on runs. I’ll blame my stomach, which can’t seem to digest anything other than fluids and gels. I know some people are very anti-gel (and there are some brands I refuse to use), but it’s what works for me. I am more than willing to gulp down a syrup gel in order to avoid hitting the wall, especially in the marathon.
Gels certainly do not taste good, but we can all agree that some gels taste better than others. Staffers from Outside tried dozens of gels and compiled this short list of recommendation in their article “An Honest Guide to Sports Gels.” What I find interesting isn’t just their flavor choices – their brand selections are notable. Not a single GU graces the list, but rather choices from Hammer, Huma, Honey Stinger, and CLIF.
Our homebrewed Oktoberfest Ale (or Ale-toberfest, as some call it) is finally ready to drink! This was our first homebrew where we followed a recipe (versus using a kit) and did a sparge and partial mash with our grains. We let this one condition for a long time (5 weeks in the fermenter, 2 weeks in the bottle) and our waiting paid off. Ryan and I are really pleased with how this beer turned out.
I finally made the Fartlek Chili from Run Fast. Eat Slow – and I am wondering why I waited so long! The cinnamon balanced the spices and I enjoyed how many vegetables were in it (I added parsnips and, when I reheated it for lunch, spinach). It was so satisfying, especially since I’ve been craving red meat more and more as my mileage increases.
I didn’t snap a photo of any, but I also baked a half batch of these salted chocolate chip cookies from How Sweet Eats. Life is too short and marathon training is too hard not to enjoy a treat now and then! These are probably the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever baked. Go, bake them now.
There were a lot of races this past weekend, including several big marathons:
Rechell ran an 8K PR!
Chelsea and Mariah both ran their first marathons at Portland and St. George, respectively!
Annmarie, Melissa, and Laura (who also PR’ed) ran the Chicago Marathon!
Erica ran a strong 5K in high humidity!
Jamala ran a half marathon PR!
Jessica ran a negative split 10K as a comeback from injury!
Good luck to Aimee, Kirstie, Jill, Chaitali, and Janelle who are all racing this weekend!
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Have you raced recently? How did you do?
Do you eat gels or something else on long runs?