That’s right, folks! This past weekend I kicked off my second round of marathon training, and I cannot be more excited! I feel sooo refreshed, (both mentally and physically) after taking a few months off since The Flying Pig Marathon, and I must say… I have been craving some long runs.
This past weekend I got to quench my thirst with a nice and easy 10-miler.
Sure, it was hot (as hell), but it felt so.damn.good. And even though I started out in the early hours of the morning, I was DRENCHED in sweat by the time I got home.
Thanks to my fuelbelt, I stayed super-hydrated. I think I swung by Freedom Park at least 5 times to fill that baby up. Lucky for me, I only had to pee once, even with all of the hydrating (TMI? Too bad. You’ll get over it. ) Sadly, the trusted porta-potty I’d always stop at during my last training cycle just a few months ago is no longer there. I was *this* close to popping a squat in someones sideyard bushes the woods when I caught sight of a bright-blue turquoise latrine down a small sidestreet. (Ohhh the stories I could tell detailing the places I’ve peed in public. The bushes of a certain library in Australia may or may not be one of them. Don’t worry, mom. I’ll keep to myself so that you can continue to think you raised a civilized daughter.)
Anywho, the run went awesome and I can’t wait to “up” the mileage. Conquering double digits is such a rush for me. I seriously love this stuff. (Yes, pouring sweat and all.)
Another thing I love?
A nice cold and refreshing protein-smoothie. Ohhh yes.
Throw all of this together:
– Greek yogurt
-1 scoop’o’protein powder
-1 frozen nanner (that’s code for “banana” for those of you who ain’t down with ma lingo)
-1/2tsp xanthan gum
-1 scoop chia seeds
-Handfuls of spinach
-Oh, and a lot of ice was thrown in there, too.
Blend it all up…
And enjoy I did. And have been doing all week…because an awesome Swanson Health Products representative, Anthony, hooked me up with $25 worth of free chia seeds and xanthan gum to further enhance my smoothie experiences. And my ohhhh my, this stuff is kicken’.
Let’s just say, my smoothies are now super-thick power houses, and I cannot get enough of them! I haven’t tried a smoothie with just one or the other quite yet, but I can say that I haven’t really noticed a difference in taste. I’ve only a difference in consistency. Annnnd I like it.
Another thing I like? The awesome customer service that Swanson provides to its customers. Seriously, have y’all ever ordered from them? They’re amazing. If you ever need natural food/health products, I highly suggest their company. Not only did Anthony handle my order like a champ, but he even answered my umpteen questions about their company, explaining to me that they’re a family owned business and sell a huge variety of products ranging from organic foods, vitamins, supplements and teas all the way to eco-friendly cleaners and natural beauty products. Better yet, they’re prices are way better than anything I’ve found in stores. Seriously. I’ve been on a hunt for xanthan gum for a few months now, and was finally going to bite the bullet and test-out a bag for fifteen bucks from my local grocery store. FIFTEEN bucks?! Yick. Needless to say, I talked myself out of buying it and came back home and tweeted about the ridiculous price. And that’s how Anthony found me.
And the next thing I knew?
This baby was on my doorstep…
…Filled with these goodies
So yes, I’m talkin’ amazing customer service here, people. And awesome prices (Get this. That Xanthan gum you see up there? Yep, Swanson sells those jars for about 7bucks each. Beat THAT local grocery store.) Needless to say, I’ll for sure purchase from Swanson again.
Do you have a Fall race your training for? Do you start sweating the second you step outside in this summer heat? Do you ever pop a squat in public places if you can’t find a portapotty? Do you order health products online?
P.S. If you have a blog and you’re interested in getting some free Swanson Health Products goodies to review, check out the Swanson Health Blog for all the details.