After breakfast and some puttering around the house I figured it was time to stop stalling and ripped open a pack of the jelly belly beans. Yup, Jelly Belly makes "healthy" jelly beans lol. They actually tasted pretty good, they were just bigger than the usual gourmet beans they sell. I had about 30 minutes to get ready and head out. I grabbed a package of organic energy chews, a gel, a bottle of Gatorade and a bottle of water to wash down the gel and made my way out the door.
|healthiest jelly beans I've ever had!|
This was the first time I was running and taking additional nutrition during the workout and I really think it made a difference. I think that knowing I only had to go 12km made a difference mentally as well. I was running faster today though, faster than I have been for a long time. My heart rate was staying around 167-171 when I was running. For the past few weeks I was struggling to keep my heart rate at 160.
The time was ticking by and I had gone about an hour when I got the courage to tear open the gel. It was bizarre, the taste was unexpected and it was thicker than I was expecting. I consumed it in three attempts not really sure what to make of it. I also made sure to wash it down with water as it felt like it coated my mouth.
I kept running and was surprised at how much easier it felt today even with the faster pace. I came off the path and headed over to the track to wrap up my last 3 km before heading home. The rubber layer was a welcome relief for my legs and I enjoyed the track time today. I had only two more laps to go when I was starting to get tired but I kept pushing and ran all the way back tot he house.
I ran more than 30secs faster per kilometer today and if that was because of the chews and gels then you better believe I will be using them again! I ended up finishing my 12km in under two hours and that felt great!