5 years ago this past Sunday I ran my first and only (to date) full marathon. 26.2 miles. Today I have 5 weeks left until I run my third half marathon. I am afraid I will run the half in the same time it took me to run the full. I am not ready.
I have been running for months now and set out to complete a 12 week half marathon training plan. It is not going well. I did not run at all the first week and have had a horrible time sticking to the schedule. Sure I am running 4-6 miles here and there, but I have missed most of the long runs planned. I don’t even have the motivation or excitement like I used to have.
I blame: Age. Weight. Toddlers. Illness. Lack of Sleep. Lack of time. Bad Air Quality. 100 Degree Temps. Same BORING Running Routes. No Running Buddies. ETC. I even had blood work done thinking something was really wrong with me and everything came back normal.
Today while having a pity party and trying to find excuses I came to a honest conclusion – I eat like crap. And most of us know you cannot out exercise a bad diet. Exercise is one step forward, but a bad diet is two steps back!! That’s some TRUTH right there.
With 5 weeks to go, I am going to try to turn my frown upside down. If I have a bad race or don’t finish, I do not want it to be because I wasn’t prepared and failed myself. Sure, life gets in the way. Yes, you never know when a cold/flu will pop up. BUT I can do my best to get those runs in and to stay away from the maple bacon pop tarts and kids mac-n-cheese. (BTW, maple bacon pop tarts have been my everything).
First order of business is my pre-workout fuel. I need to cut sugar out of my diet and some pre-workout powders are loaded with them. The nice people at ENERGYbits® provided me with a few samples of their tablets (and some cool swag) to try out helping me to move away from the processed itchy crack (aka pre-workout drinks).
ENERGYbits® is made from 100% organically grown, NON GMO spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients. The algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) all for just one calorie per tab. Spirulina’s nutritional pedigree is so impressive that The World Bank, NASA and Olympic athletes have all declared spirulina to be the most nutritious food in the entire world. Why? Well for starters, it effortlessly and naturally boosts your energy like an energy drink, energy bar or coffee but without the downside of chemicals, caffeine, calories, gluten or sugar. Gram per gram, there is no denser source of nutrition than spirulina algae.
Research done by NASA showed that that 1 kg of spirulina had the nutritional equivalent of 1,000 kg of fruits and vegetables. That’s a lot of groceries! But if an endorsement by NASA isn’t enough to convince you of the health benefits you’ll get from ENERGYbits® spirulina, consider that many International Health Organizations including the United Nations have hailed spirulina as one of the “Greatest Superfoods on Earth.”
There are four different types of tabs offered at ENERGYbits®. Energy. Recovery. Vitality. and Skinny. Rumor has it that Recovery bits can also prevent hangovers – if that interests you. I have started with Energy where I swallow one serving (30 tabs) 15 minutes before my runs. You can also mix them with smoothies or chew them, but who has time for that? ha. Then after my run I take the Recovery bits to reduce muscle soreness and to detox.
So far so good. I have not had any side effects. No itching and jittery feelings like I would have with powder drinks. Plus I really like the idea of being healthy by putting so many nutrients into my body. Easy peasy.
I am super excited to give these a go and to share them with you. ENERGYbits® would like to provide one of my readers with a prize pack. Please enter below.
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