If you are trying to build on your endurance and extend your runs, I am going to guess that one of your biggest struggles sometimes is getting through the first few miles.
Making it through those first three miles, loosening up, working out the kinks and finding your groove is key to going longer.
I often feel my best somewhere around mile five or six but sometimes getting to that point is half of the battle.
Yesterday was one of those days. My feet felt weird as if my socks were too thick even though they are the same socks I wear every single time.
My legs weren’t dead or heavy but my feet really felt interesting.
Was it really the socks? Was it the shoes? The laces? Was it the humidity? Was it in my head?
At mile four or so, I ran into my house to switch my sneakers from my beloved Energy Boosts to a pair of Brooks Glycerins that I have stashed in my closet.
I needed to do something to remedy the situation and this was what I came up with.
Please note that I didn’t even untie my sneakers. I never just slip them off but hello, I was kind of in the middle of the run and this was a rare rushing occurrence.
Switching your sneakers mid-run is an odd feeling, sort of like taking off your ice skates and then putting on shoes to walk around.
I ran a mile in the Brooks and decided I wasn’t happy so I went back home again to switch back to the Energy Boosts.
I felt much better at this point, don’t ask me why but it worked itself out… and it usually does, after you get through the first group of miles.
I didn’t quit the run because I don’t do that unless I have a real reason. Some runs take time to adjust, some runs are bleh compared to others but if you feel fine overall aside from your socks feeling weird, you figure out how to keep going.
So remember last week when I was raving about using Stur to flavor my water which I discovered at the Healthy Brand Showcase?
I’m so excited to give away One Stur Multipack!!!
(Multipack will include five flavors…..5 flavors = 100 drinks)
So what exactly is Stur?
Stur is the leading ALL-NATURAL liquid water enhancer made from only the best natural fruit and stevia extracts without containing any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.
Stur does NOT use artificial or chemical sweeteners commonly found in other water enhancers and bottled beverages, such as Sucralose, Aspartame, and Acesulfame Potassium.
And, which makes someone like me super happy, Stur does NOT use artificial or chemical flavors or colors such as Yellow Lake 5, Blue 1, Red 40, etc.
What you will get is a yummy taste and a boost of Vitamin C.
Did I mention it is wheat and gluten-free?
So where exactly does Stur get its flavor? I know I wondered.
At the Healthy Brand Showcase, I had the pleasure of speaking with the owner and inventor of Stur.
He told me all about how he came up with this product in order to provide his pregnant wife with a healthy flavoring for water so that she would drink enough to be hydrated.
Stur is naturally sweetened with NATURAL stevia leaf extract.
The stevia is gently steeped in warm water (hence the great taste), never with methanol! The sweet leaves of the stevia plant have been safely used as a sweetener in South America for centuries, and are recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the general population, including pregnant women and children. As always, please consult with your physician about taking any products in conjunction with your medications or allergies.
I have never liked soda or carbonated beverages but sometimes plain water can get a little bit boring.
While I have enjoyed my Fruit Infusion pitcher, the price of fruit lately has prevented me from using it all of the time and squeezes of lemon can get old too.
I shy away from Crystal Light-type things because of what’s in it so having a product like Stur, free from the artificial stuff, has been a fun little treat and terrific way to keep me drinking.
I currently alternate between the Fruit Punch and Coconut Pineapple flavors but there are lots more varieties for the taste buds.
If you check out their website, you may see flavors for appetite control. I have not tried those nor do I believe much in things like that so I cannot vouch for them. But maybe they taste good?!
In my opinion, stayed hydrated controls your appetite. Sometimes we think we are hungry when in fact, we are thirsty. You would be very surprised to learn that getting enough water throughout the day is enough to curb the appetite in order to understand your hunger cues better which naturally leads you to eating less.
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you would like to try. Winner will be announced Wednesday morning!
Giveaway only open to US residents – sorry out-of-area friends, I do apologize.
I received free product at the Healthy Brand Showcase but was not compensated in any way for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you ever switched your sneakers in the middle of your run?
At what point in your runs do you normally feel all warmed up and in a groove?
Do you add anything to your water to make it taste yummy?