My First 10k

Hey everyone!

This past Sunday I finally participated in my first 10k! This one was put on by the Boston Athletics Association and raised money for Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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The course was really beautiful! They closed off the entire street for the 10,000+ runners participating- which is always a cool sight to see when running up or down a hill.

I actually enjoyed this distance a lot. My final time was 1:04:24, which I’m super happy with considering I stopped at every water station. I skipped the first one and shortly after ran by a group of paramedics surrounding and unconscious runner. At least half the course had no shade and it really started to heat up. I ran by several people who couldn’t handle the heat and decided to be extra safe.

The importance of hydration leads me to my new discovery- coconut water!

I have had plenty of GU for races, but if I follow the “5 minutes before every 45” that comes out to 3 or 4 GUs for my half marathon time. I can have maybe two before I get a really bad stomach ache from all the sugar. Plus, I gain weight so easily and the GU intake was not helping! Enter coconut water: I tried it a few weeks ago and fell in love. Currently, I’m all about the VitaCoco Lemonade flavor (sold at most grocery stores). It’s pretty sweet so I’ve started creating and equal blend of that and the plain flavor they have.

Not only is it clean, but I feel great in terms of performance. I’ll drink one for the two of three days leading up to an event and then post event. I even have a little after work on days where I feel really dehydrated.

I highly suggest this product for anyone whose getting tired of using artificial sugar to help them through a workout.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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Fitness Fun: Rock Climbing

 

Hello everyone 🙂

I make it an un official rule for myself that I need to find active hobbies that are fun, and not another means of exercise. Recently, I have really been drawn to rick climbing! I enjoy the mental and physical challenge each wall brings. I feel that every wall I finish, I gain more insight in how to play this “chess” game.

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I think I’ve gone once or twice as a kid, but last year we went at work (with all the kiddos), and I really enjoyed watching them and getting a chance to try one or two wall myself. I’ve gone back enough times now that I’ve slowly invested in all the gear you need. I will, however, say that shoes is the best thing to buy first.

Good shoes= better climbing

The most underworked muscles I feel afterwards are my forearms- from all that grabbing holding, as well as my lats (near your armpit/ rib area), and my trapezius (the large diamond shaped muscle that starts at your neck, and end at your mid back). I have a very difficult time mimicking the same level of soreness when I go to the gym.

Keeping that in mind, rock climbing it actually a total body activity. If you pull yourself up with your arms, you’re sure to burn out fast. The arms determine the route you take while the legs power you up the wall. It is important to realize before getting in the bad habit of neglecting to use the strength in your legs.

I think that climbing has really helped me with upper body work. I don’t go enough to consider it an actual workout, but it helps me with my gym exercises in grip technique as well as expanding my repertoire of upper body workouts. I’m hoping that the strength from here helps me with my fist spartan of the year: Spartan Super in Palmerton, PA.

Hope you all have a nice long weekend 🙂

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