|Faith likes to wear sparkle shoes when I push her in the jogger|
I either wear running shoes or flip flops and recently Faith decided to be cool like me:
|Toddler feet in flip flops = cutest thing ever|
But the reason I was thinking about shoes today was that my running shoes were worn out and I pulled out a new pair this morning. I stockpile my Brooks when they are on sale, so I already had a new pair in the closet. Normally when I put on a shiny white pair of running shoes it's a happy day, but today I felt somewhat mixed about it.
|Are you tired of looking at my kitchen floor yet?|
Most the time my retired pairs of shoes have a fun resume of races completed and miles run, but this time I'm not sure this pair of shoes will get to do epic shit. Unless you think not being able to see your feet for much longer is really epic.
|At least I can still see if they are tied.|
Pregnant running is a mental challenge more than anything and I had to shake the feeling that I was "wasting" a new pair of shoes by wearing them now. Considering how hard pregnancy can be on your joints, I probably need more cushion now than ever so trying to run in old shoes would be a horrible choice. Maybe I need to take my own advice:
|I want to frame this|
While we're on the topic of running related deep thoughts, I have to talk about Nuun. In case you're not familiar, Nuun is a water enhancement that comes in a tablet form and it creates an electrolyte sports drink. Nuun sponsors runners in the Hood to Coast relay so you'll hear lots of bloggers wax on and on about the wonders of Nuun.
|I bet Jesus would have turned water into Nuun if he had known it was so popular|
Here's something I've realized with experience: Nuun can give some people the shits. Why? Because of this:
Other Ingredients: citric acid, sorbitol, sodium carbonate, natural colors flavors, sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, polyethylene glycol, magnesium sulfate, sodium benzoate, calcium carbonate, acesulfame potassium, riboflavin-5-phosphate.
Nunn uses a fake sugar called sorbitol to give their drink sweetness without calories. That's super special for the people who care about having an extra 20 calories in their day, but for people who want to run for hours in the woods, it is just a recipe of lots of tree stops. Yeah, lots of people can drink it and be fine, but I'm not one of them. It took me a while to realize the correlation between drinking Nuun and GI upset, but once I figured it out and stopped using it, I don't have such a recurring issue. I'm not the only person I know who has that issue with Nuun, but it's still the most widely sold electrolyte drink tablet.
This is why I now stick with Nathan Catalyst which uses fructose as a sweetener instead. Plus it dissolves much better than Nuun and they don't even annoy me with getting bloggers to constantly kiss their ass.
|Harder to find, but worth the effort|
Other than having deep thoughts about shoes and getting the shits from a sports drink, I also picked up the dog from her "pet paradise" this morning. She actually smelled good for once since she got a bath yesterday, so she'll probably be clean for a whole day or two. She apparently missed the couch more than anything.
|We're going to need a wider couch|
Faith was Cranky McFussypants today, but I expected that after her action packed weekend. I mean, who wouldn't be fussy if they realized they were stuck with JUST me all day after a weekend full of doing fun stuff like this whenever they wanted?
|Now dance Daddy, DANCE!|
Tomorrow is predicted to be another hot, humid day so I'll make sure to get outside early so maybe you won't hear so much whining about the heat tomorrow. I doubt it though.
What do you like to drink when you workout? I prefer lemon lime Gatorade above all things, but I use Nathan Catalyst for my hydration vest pack because it's easier to clean out than Gatorade.