Five things Friday, with a side of funny.

Five things I need to tell you about before the weekend…

1st Thing:

This is Goliath and Goliath thinks he is a dog, but he is not. Goliath is actually …..

A cow.

#2

I just found out that Mythbusters has been cancelled. This is somewhat scary for me because now MacGyver will be forced to blow up and destroy things all on his own.

myth busters

#3

Remember when I told y’all that I was trying out Latisse and I was a little concerned that it didn’t work overnight? Well, it does work and it did work, it just took a bit of time. I wanted to wait the full 16 weeks to give you my honest opinion but check out my eyelashes and you be the judge.

latisse

The only makeup I’m wearing is nude eyeshadow and black eyeliner, no mascara.

Thing 4:

This….

weather

Monday cannot get here soon enough.

And the last thing on my list, thing #5

Does it seem like everybody and their Mother is running a half or a full marathon these days? I feel like every person I talk to is training for either or, and it seems they always ask me questions like, what should I do for chaffing or do I need to bring my own water and other things that you would think they would know the answer to.

But then I remembered when I ran a half marathon many years ago someone asked me what corral I was in. I realized I had no idea what a corral was and how that worked. Back then google images was not a thing so I went to that race expecting to be placed in a chute like a bull in a rodeo. Yeah, I’m an idiot.

Chute

Is this the right chute??? Anybody?

Anyway, my girl Katie over at the Rock and Roll Marathon Series sent me this cute infographic. It includes some simple rules and debunks some common myths to help you make sure your marathon is a successful one. So whether it’s your first one or not, take a look. You might learn something or it might just remind of a mistake you once made….and you know you have, everybody makes a mistake every now and then.

How to Run a Marathon: Raceday Rules

Hope y’all have a fabulous weekend. I’ll check in with you once or twice with a little update.

Are you racing this weekend?  (Not me, I’d rather sit in the air conditioning, see: weather.)
Have you ever made a silly mistake during a race that you laugh about now? 
(You already know I have, plus once I ran the wrong way for about two tenths of a mile.)

Thursday – Electrolyte Replacement, I finally nailed it! (with a little help)

In case you aren’t familiar with me or the blog I’d just like to mention that I live in Florida. That’s right, Florida, the place with beautiful yet tropical weather. The place where it’s hotter than Hades 97% of the time and I sweat y’all, a lot.

I love running in December, January, February and most of March but the rest of the year can be rough. The heat coupled with the humidity wreaks havoc on me and I’ve definitely had some issues with hydration.

You may remember a while back I posted about my experience with rhabdomyolysis and in another post where I wrote about the effects what turned out to be too much fiber coupled with too much Gatorade which resulted in an embarrassing pit stop during a half marathon.

And then there’s the migraine headaches that I tend to suffer from after long runs when I don’t hydrate properly, I could go on and on, but the point is that over the past few years I’ve tried a lot of ways to keep myself hydrated but not always without doing more harm than good.  It’s been a process of trial and error.

Gatorade and Powerade will work in a pinch but they also really do a number on my stomach and I’m not all that fond of the way they taste or the contents.  Nuun also upsets my stomach, I thinks it the fizz, but this is a problem because if you live in Florida and you run as much as I do, you need to keep your electrolytes in check.

Fortunately there are no shortages of electrolyte supplements available. The problem is finding the right one. That’s why when I was approached by Replace SR to try out their sustained released electrolyte tablet I was a bit hesitant but since nothing else had worked thus far and marathon training was fast approaching I decided to give them a try.

Replace SR

I did receive the product for free to review but my opinions about the product are all mine and I can honestly say that I love it and I truly wanted to tell you about the product. I’ve already used 3 bottles of the tablets and I am confident in telling you this is my electrolyte replacement of choice and I’ll be using it from now on.

Replace SR is a sustained released electrolyte tablet which provides a continual release of electrolytes over 4-6 hours. It’s gradual so it’s less likely to upset your stomach and it provides your body with the electrolytes it needs as you sweat.

I take a tablet in the morning before I head out to run and 2 or 3 if I plan on running longer as well as on days when I cross train. I love the fact that the product is all natural and does not contain sugar, starches, artificial flavors or sweeteners, etc. but I also love the fact that it does not upset my stomach at all.

Another bonus is that I can take the pill before I head out to run so there’s no need to take anything with me and unlike some electrolyte replacements, I don’t have to mix it with anything. It’s also been nice to be able just to drink the water my body needs without having to add all the fluid and other junk that you often find in electrolyte replacement drinks.

I know I tend to bitch a lot about the heat and running in Florida but I can’t change that, it is what it is. With Replace SR I think I’ve found a solution to my electrolyte replacement that works for me and for long runs and marathon training, that’s invaluable.

Electrolyte replacement

Again, I want to let you know that I did receive this product for free to review, however, I really do love the product and I feel that it’s a perfect solution for me, and if you are still searching for an electrolyte solution, I highly recommend that you try Replace SR.

What are you currently using for electrolyte replacement?
If you had the chance to sample Replace SR would you be interested?
What is most important to you when it comes to your electrolyte replacements?

A Q&A with MacGyver about my running, shoes by saucy knees

For the past few weeks I’ve seen a few blogs with Q&A sessions where running bloggers interview either their husbands or children to find out what they think about their running. After reading a few of them it got me thinking, I wonder what MacGyver and the Kid think about my running?

This could be any of the men in my life, MacGyver or the Kid!

This could be any of the men in my life, MacGyver or the Kid!

To be perfectly honest, both MacGyver and the Kid are very vocal about how they feel so I had a pretty good idea but I thought what the hell, I’ll interview them both over the next week and maybe all of you can see just what I deal with every day, especially when it comes to running.

The first person to agree to the interview was MacGyver.  Okay actually I had to pin him down and refuse to turn on Street Outlaws until he relented but it worked. The Kid will be much more of a challenge but I’ll wear him down eventually too.

strong armed

You WILL answer the questions!

Any text that appears in red are my comments, so without further ado, here we go.

What do I eat before a run?
Coffee. All the coffee. If ever there is a shortage of coffee in the world, you will be solely responsible. (He is probably right.)

How far do I run every day?
10 miles, 6 miles, depends on the day. (Actually I average 25-30 in the summer and 40-45 in the winter per week, days ALWAYS vary, but he’s somewhat accurate, I guess.)

crazy running girl

What kind of running shoes do I wear?
You’ve got 50 pairs what do I know, that’s not a fair question, maybe saucy knees?

Oh that’s hilarious.
Make sure you spell it correctly, S. A. U. C. Y. Uh, Knees.
You don’t know how to spell knees do you?
Is that one of the questions?
Moving on…….

matching running shoes

How many times a week do I run?
9, yes, 9 times.  (For the record, I never run 9 times a week. At most I’ve run 8 times a week and that was this one time when I lacked better judgement, like a year and a half, or a long time ago.)

What is my favorite race?
I don’t know for sure but I’d guess it’s one where you didn’t fall down, poop, or pee your pants.
I can’t write that!
You have to, that’s my answer.

I'm probably going to pee

runner poop signs

Why do you think I run?
I seriously don’t know, but it obviously helps you poop.

more running poop signs

What injuries have I had from running?
Your knee, your hips, your feet, I never know until you take days off and I figure it out.
So you think I try to hide the fact that I might have hurt myself?
Nope, I’m saying that I know you do.

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Note to self: Learn to hide any limping in the future

Do you like going to my races?
No, absolutely not. It’s grueling, except that one time I found 50 bucks, and then it was slightly tolerable. Only Slightly.

marathon signs

Except MacGyver’s sign would say ‘fishing’ instead of shopping.

Does my running make you want to run?
No. It hurts my knees when I think about it. You can do all the running for both of us.

What have you learned from having a wife who runs?
You are crazy obsessed and you break a lot of treadmills, but I still love you, and oddly enough, I think it keeps you sane.
He may just be right about that one.

Run Happy

So, not much I didn’t already know. MacGyver hates to run, he doesn’t understand exactly why I run, and he thinks I spend far too much money on treadmills and running shoes.

However I did learn that he is a lot more cognizant of my bladder and bowel habits than I had previously thought. Good to know.

And now, until I can pin down the kid or the dogs, it’s your turn.

Using the questions above, interview someone close to you and let me know what you find out!  (You can post the link to your answers if you post them on your blog.)

Does your significant other run?  (If not, could you meet me at my next race so MacGyver wil have someone to fish with?)