Check out the sweet birthday gift Cheryl got for me.
It’s the program from the 2004 Boston Marathon blown up into a poster. Two years ago, when Cheryl and I took an awesome road trip to Boston to see the women’s Olympic Trials and the marathon, she told me about how, last time she ran, they had huge Kathrine Switzer posters with that photo of the Boston Marathon race director, Jock Semple, trying to pull her off the course, that said Impossible Is Nothing. I am (and all women runners should be) a huge Kathrine Switzer fan (though I do quibble with the fact that she thinks the feminist movement had nothing to do with her own success, but anyway). I bought her book in hardback as soon as it came out, and it’s still one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever read. I like to think that deep down, if I ever started working out like she did, I too could break 3 hours in the marathon. I’m not sure I’ll ever be physically let alone mentally able to workout like her though…
So! I really really wanted that poster. I used to cruise ebay for it sometimes, but I’ve never had any luck whatsoever. Meanwhile, sneaky Cheryl remembered our conversation. She’d made a poster for herself from her program, and this year she made one for me! It’s in my office with all my marathon finisher certificates and plaques, and I’m going to be thinking about her A LOT this fall. And I can’t thank Cheryl enough for it. Just think, if you join Capital Area Runners, you could hang out with her all the time too 😉
We saw Kathrine while spectating at the trials, but I didn’t say anything to her. But I did eventually meet her and her husband in Chicago!
Well that’s the inspiration of the title. Now for the perspiration. I’m a salty sweat-er. And I have a bad habit of trying to minimize my calories when working out. It’s so bad that this winter, I actually bumped up my calories and promptly lost four pounds (then it snowed and I put it right back on). So I really want to figure out my nutrition, and a big part of that is going to be using sports drink while I run. Gatorade, unless it is way watered down, does not work for me. It makes me cramp up like crazy. I actually cramped from drinking it after my run during the American Odyssey Relay. I don’t want to water it down, because I desperately need those electolytes, and I don’t want to carry a million water bottles to get them in. (I’m going to make this difficult.)
So I need some advice from you guys, especially those of you with delicate stomachs. What electolyte drink do you use when you run? (Nuun is awesome, but there’s not enough endurance stuff in there. I’m talking about 20 mile runs in August here :).) Thanks in advance!