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If you’ve seen any of my Instagram posts, you’ve seen that I started half marathon training on March 19th. It’s been a very long time coming. I’ve signed up for half marathons before, started training and then completely failed. Either I got injured, something stopped my training, or I just lost the spark for running. With the many other times I’ve started training, I’ve stopped mostly because running felt like work. It was not fun. So, what’s changed? CA asked me why did I think I could do it this time around? My mindset has completely changed. I knew that I needed to put one foot in front of the other, that I would have bad runs, I would have great runs, and I’d have runs where I felt just blah. Maybe at the end of this training, I’d realize I love running distances, or that it wasn’t for me. But I also realized, I’d never know unless I try. Well, I get to try it TWICE this fall, I am set to complete two half marathons. My first one is scheduled for October 2nd and my second is on October 8th. I am grateful to be running these two races with my great friend Z; she’s a wonderful friend and I am lucky we’ll be out there pushing one another.
Back to my mindset: I’ve always thought that once I started running on a schedule, consistency would lead to me becoming fast and make me love running. I am not a patient person. I think everything should be immediate–run fast immediately and fall in love with running immediately. However, all that led to was a deep seeded hatred for running after plenty of failed attempts. I owe this new found love of running, to the Boston Marathon runners who flooded my IG feed with their countdowns to Boston. Reading stories from other runners, including two of my favorites, Katie and Bethany, I was reminded that everyone starts somewhere. Running comes naturally to some people, maybe they were soccer players (like CA), or maybe they are born with it. But for others, like myself, it doesn’t and you have to work extra hard at it. I’ve set several goals: finish a 5K, finish a 10K, and down the line, finish all the other races that I want (and dream) to accomplish. I have a full running schedule for the summer and beginning of fall. Most of these races are 4 miles and under. There are two 10Ks sprinkled in and then two half marathons. I have set small goals, most being just to FINISH all the races. In addition I would like to PR certain races, by finishing 5 minutes faster. I’ll be sharing my 2016 running schedule next week as well as recaps throughout the year with the races I’ll be completing. In addition, I’ll be showcasing eight races I have lined up for the “Veteran Run Series.”
Now that I told you how this time is different with my half marathon training, I want to share with you how I plan on staying hydrated. With my half marathon training being in full swing over the summer, including my long runs, I have found the need to find a great hydration drink. I can become dehydrated rather quickly. It’s a “talent” I possess, which obviously is not a good one. Since I know my long runs for my half marathon training will happen over the course of the summer, I needed to find a drink that would help me keep hydrated through the heat and humidity.
Luckily being teamed up with Fit Approach and CORE, I’ve found a hydrating and delicious drink! With CORE Organic, I don’t have to worry about going over my daily caloric intake since it’s only 5 calories. I’ll be 100% honest, I am SO not one to try flavored water. Usually it is too sweet or it has such a horrid after taste. Luckily, that isn’t the case with CORE Organic, especially in the Watermelon Lemonade flavor. These drinks are also vegan, non-GMO, gluten free, and contain antioxidants.
I’ve been looking for a drink that was low on the glycemic index. I am not a fan of sugary drinks so finding one that contain less than 1 gram of sugar is perfect for my taste buds. These drinks are great for when you’re on your way to a class or going for a group run! Make sure to stop at your local 7-11 to grab one before you meet your running group – check locations here!
Don’t forget to check out your local 7-11’s here to see if CORE Organic is available by you! Now to the best part of the post–the giveaway! Along with Fit Approach, I am giving one lucky winner 12 free-product coupons CORE Organic product! The giveaway will start today (May 6st), ending on Thursday May 12th at 11:59 pm (EDT). I’ll be announcing a winner on May 13th!