Slow and Steady Wins the Race

by - Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Before we get to the real part of this post, I have to add a quick plea for some help. For a story I'm working on for my internship, I'm going to get to test sports drinks vs, Gus vs sports beans vs powerbars (I use the brand names loosely). Basically what I get to do is get samples of them all and then take them running to see which is easiest to carry, which is easiest to consume on the move and which keeps me going longest. (Yea I have the best job ever)

But what I was hopping to get from you guys is an idea of what things would be good to test. What kinds of things do you use? My plan is to get some Jelly Belly Sports Beans and then GU and I think maybe PowerBar makes a gu too? Also I'm going to see if I can get regular PowerBars and maybe a Clif Bar. And then I have no idea what kind of sports drinks.

So let me know what you use. I will see if I can hunt it down and then I will let you know the results. I'm looking for everything under the sun. The more things I can try out the better the story will be! So any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks bunches in advance!

And now for the real post:

Time: 40:00
Distance: 3.47

Something clicked during this morning's run. I'm not sure what exactly it was, but things just felt right. My legs didn't feel tired. I didn't have any shin splints, ankle problems, hip pain, etc.etc. with all the issues I've been having. And I was just able to keep the most consistent pace ever. It was nice and steady, not super slow, but definitely not fast.

I didn't feel like I could have run forever, but I felt like I could have gone further. It was a good place to be.

Truthfully, I was surprised it went so well because I kicked my own butt in my kickboxing class last night. I'm not sure how the rest of the class felt about it, but I was pretty exhausted by the end. And then to wake up at 6:30 to go running, well I just didn't have the highest expectations ever.

But I surprised myself and now I'm in a splendid mood. I even managed to get into work 10 minutes early this morning (okay mainly because the monitor on my computer at home broke and I wanted to take some time to check my email and write up this post)

I'm still trying to play catch up on all of your blogs, but I'm getting there....although this broken monitor thing may slow me down a little bit.

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  1. Congrats on having a great run.

    For products, it would be nice to see a comparison between Gu and PowerBar Gel. I think Gu tastes better but I noticed recently that PowerBar Gel has a lot more salt, which is probably a good thing on a hot day.

    Another interesting product is Hornet Juice. I'm not sure where you can get it. It's not like Gatorade. Rather, it purports to stimulate fat consumption. Sounds like possible snake oil...

  2. Anonymous6:34 PM

    how did you get certified to teach classes like that at the gym?


  3. Re: k's question: how did you get certified to teach classes like that at the gym?

    I took a class being offered at my gym to prep me for the certification exam. So I'd check with local gyms if you want to go that route. Also both ACE and AFAA (I'm certified through AFAA) offer review courses and then the chance to take their exam. Check their websites ( and I assume I'm not 100% sure)and I'm sure you can find more specific details.

  4. I used Gu. I used to use sports beans but switched to the Gu awhile back.

    Great job on your run!