Is it wrong that the very first thing that I did once I got home from my run last night was to pull a beer out of the fridge? In my own defense, I took water with me for my run, plus I have heard that beer can be used to rehydrate oneself. Yes, I did hear that from somewhere or read it somewhere. I really did….
The beer was called Buffalo Gold Ale made here in Colorado by the Rock Bottom Brewery and here is my review: It is good, you should definitely drink it.
My rest week has been very nice. I did a short run on Tuesday night, a spin on my cycle ops bike trainer on Wednesday, and another short run last night. Last night’s run was great; it was only a 45 minute run, but I had so much energy. The weather was a cool 57 degrees and the sun was shining, which I think had a lot to do with my energy level. I always run better in cold weather. My run was supposed to be light and easy in my heart rate zone 1, with 6 x 1 minute at a hard pace 15 minutes into the run. No long run this weekend. Yipeee! I guess next weekend will be 18 miles. Only 50 more days left!
My coach sent out a little snipet on why a good warm up before a run is so helpful and essential for you. I thought that I would share.
Not only is warming up essential to preventing injury, but it makes you faster, fitter and stronger over time. A proper warm-up:
-Increases muscle core temperature, thus decreasing work required for muscle contraction and making movement feel easier.
-Allows higher maximum cardiac output and oxygen consumption. (Translation: It increases your endurance and speed.)
-Causes blood vessels to dilate, which aids the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles (so you can run faster)
-Increases your range of motion by heating the synovial (lubricating) fluid in your joints,improving flexibility.
-Warms you up mentally, increasing motivation and focus.
-Allows exercise to feel better and produce better results (your mainset will be faster if you properly warm up)
Hope everyone has a great weekend of training!
Family Update: No big plans for the weekend. We are planning on catching the Rockies vs Cardinals game downtown on Saturday, which should be fun. Or maybe taking another drive through the mountains to see more fall colors. Due to the cooler temps this week, the caps on the mountains have snow on them, it is beautiful. Madison’s homecoming is next weekend. We spent a few, painful hours at the mall last weekend, finding a dress. It is a really cute black and white strapless; I will have to post pictures. The best part is that we got it at Macy’s for $36!