Friday, May 20, 2011

Lover's Point

Ordinarily, I'm not a "running partner" kind of guy.

I just don't like it, generally.

Today was a bit different.  Me and a buddy went out on a ten-miler, nothing fancy, nothing fast.  Turned out to be a pretty enjoyable jog to be honest.  Perhaps I'm turning over a new leaf in my old age.

What's more, Lover's point park in Monterey, California has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world to go for a run.  The views are amazing and I don't ever get tired of looking over my shoulder and watching the waves crash against the rocks.

I took the Nathan water bottle out again and for those that are interested, here is my assessment:
* It's a fantastic little device that certainly accomplishes it's intended purpose.  Quite easy to remove from it's holster, easy to put away and secure.  It's also really snug against my waist, I can't remember it moving at all really.  I'll be taking it for a trail run tomorrow I think, and we'll see how it performs under those conditions, but for right now, it's definitely a keeper.

I also tried one of these:
Nathan Electrolyte tablets.  Lovely little things actually.  I was pretty sure I was going to hate them, but I knew that they would come in handy at some point.  Surprisingly, the pomegranate / blueberry flavor was pretty good.  I could do without the effervescent quality (does EVERYTHING need to bubble? Jesus.) but I suppose it also helps it to dissolve.  Whatever the case, it was pretty good and after 10 hours of recovery now, my legs feel great and this is a step above plain water for sure.

Additionally, I'm trying to get away with fewer and fewer intake calories on my long runs in the hopes that by depriving them of carbs, I'll be staying in that good old fat burning zone.  Last weekend's 14 miler was made a bit more challenging because of this, but I can already feel the difference in my ability to handle fatigue.

So anyway, for what it's worth (and right now I get about 9 page views a day, so it's not worth much) I endorse.  And by the way they were 8 bucks at REI so the price on the left is quite an improvement.

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