I Don’t Want Winter to End (in the Mountains, at least)
When my mom was in town last weekend, we went snowshoeing in perfect winter weather: deep powdery snow, cold yet refreshing temperatures, and even some sun peaking through. It was an absolute blast to spend a few hours out in the snow. Since we have season passes and ski rentals, I am not ready for winter to end (at least in the mountains). Here’s hoping we have at least four more good weekends of skiing!
That all said, spring can arrive in the lowlands. Yesterday’s weather was in the high 40s and sunny – absolutely perfect.
Women Dominated the Olympics
Diggins and Randall won the first gold medal for the US in cross-country skiing, Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in the giant slalom, and the US women’s hockey team beat out Canada for a gold medal. In total, 5 out of the 8 gold medals that the US won the 2018 Winter Olympics were won by female athletes.
As this article from Outside, “Women Carried the Olympics this Year”, points out, female athletes did not solely distinguish themselves with their medal counts. The women exhibited great sportsmanship, true grit, and a sense of pure enjoyment in their sport – think of Chloe Kim effortlessly gliding along the halfpipe or Diggins digging deep and then collapsing with joy once she crossed the finish line.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t walk away from these games not inspired to be a better athlete and a supporting member of women’s sports right now.
Amy Cragg Earns Her Spot in Great American Marathoners
It’s not just the Olympics where women are having a moment. Right now, the US has some of the fastest female marathoners we have ever had. Amy Cragg ran a 2:21 at the Toyko Marathon – making her the fifth fastest US female marathoner ever, after Deena Kastor, Jordan Hasay, Shalane Flanagan, and Joan Benoit Samuelson.
The Fine Line between Dedication and Obsession
Going out for a run on a day with gross weather and a lack of motivation is a sign of dedication – but running on your scheduled rest day can be a sign of obsession. Allie Burdick for Women’s Running explains 5 signs of an unhealthy running obsession in this article. Embrace your rest days, have a drink on the weekends, and do not define yourself by your race results – enjoy running and rest alike!
A (Non-alcoholic) Toast to Recovery
Alcohol can impair the recovery process after a hard workout… but we all know just how delicious a post-run beer tastes. This NPR article, “Olympians Are Using Nonalcoholic Beer as Recovery Drinks. Here’s the Science,” examines why you would want to skip the alcohol but still reach for a cold one after a workout. Nonalcoholic beer offers B-vitamins, fluids, and polyphenols – not to mention the social aspect and cortisol-lowering effect of enjoying a beer. The New York Times published a similar article, noting that Germans win a good amount of gold medals and drink a good amount of non-alcoholic beer.
Erdinger, amongst other German companies, tout non-alcoholic beers as “fitness beverages.” (As a side note: I lived in Germany for a few months and beer is culturally different there than it is in the US. The university cafeteria sold beer at lunch because it is something you have at meals.) Companies have even developed nonalcoholic IPAs for a bitter option.
Would you drink a non-alcoholic beer as recovery? I’ll be honest – for me, there is an appeal. I enjoy beer for the taste and sometimes really crave it for the carbs and effervescence after a run – but I’m not about to drink one early in the morning, especially when I do my long runs on Fridays. That’s not to mention how in summer I barely have an appetite after a long run and a cold non-alcoholic beer could be a good way to get carbs down.
Although after a race, I’m having the real deal.
Are you ready for spring or not ready to let go of winter?
Would you drink non-alcoholic beer as a recovery beverage?