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It’s got electrolytes

29 Dec

I’ve been bad at commenting lately/replying to comments. I blame the holidays. That will be fixed starting now.

Has anyone else tried coconut water as a replacement for sports drinks? I first tried it about two months ago at the suggestion of a manager at my old internship. He mentioned the high levels of potassium, making it a great recovery fluid. I gave it a go, and even with flavors added I find it a bit… flavorless. But I figured the pros outweighed the cons and gulped it down. I bought two boxes after that first one, and one is still sitting in my fridge unopened.

I didn’t think about it much more until I read a blog post by Healthy Eats on the hype of coconut water. They confirm higher levels of electrolytes, but then go into the dangers of too much potassium, as well as the higher price tag in comparison to a standard sports drink.

Has anyone given this a long-term try before? Is there a noticeable difference in recovery time in comparison to drinking regular water and sports drinks?

My verdict: I’ll probably stick with sports drinks, bananas and water. If the taste of coconut water isn’t that great, and the extra nutrients are really nothing more than ingredients for expensive waste, then it’s not worth it.

But on the other hand, it’s got electrolytes. It’s what plants crave. Not water, like from the toilet.


Dreams, Races, Dream Races

10 Nov

I’m sure most of you have literally dreamt of an upcoming event. Last night I dreamt about the race, but it was pretty much everything I vented about yesterday. It was so weird… we would run a mile, then everyone would go inside and take a short break. Myself and maybe 10 others wanted to keep going, but they asked us to come inside too. Maybe it was my subconscious’ way of telling me to CALM DOWN and not be so impassioned. So I’m over all that now. No more angrypants.

Today marks a full one week of training! Woohoo! 17 to go ;) 2.5 miles scheduled for later today. It’s going to be another 65° day in the Boston area, no doubt I’ll have to take this run to the streets.

I heard some good things about Luna Moons the other day, have any ladyrunners out there tried them yet?

I also tried coconut water for the first time ever… still not totally sure how I feel about it. It wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t that good. The brand I tried was Zico, and it had some mango flavoring. It’s labeled as “Nature’s Sport Drink” with more potassium than two bananas. I’ll give it another go pre-run some time.

So, going back to dreams… what would be your dream race? Distance, location, time of year… all of that. For me, I’d love to run anywhere over in Europe, as I’ve never been there. But more realistically, I want to run through DC during the spring, when the cherry blossoms are all blooming. A 10K or half marathon would be a super distance for that. How about you guys… what’s your dream race?