how I carry my hammer gel (workout recap)


As much as I don’t want the warm weather and early morning sunshine to end, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to fall running season. I have had just about enough of the humidity!

It will be nice to train for the NYCRUNS Falling Leaves Half Marathon in the cooler weather. The race is November 12th so the bulk of the training technically takes place in the fall. While it stays fairly warm here in New York well into October, it certainly won’t be as hot or humid as it is in the summer!

When I am starting my training? I am not totally sure yet.

My workout routine is fairly similar already to a training plan for a half marathon so I don’t think I need to put an extended focus on this race for more than 8, maybe 10 weeks. I will be reviewing the training plan that Laura gave me for the Long Island Half Marathon and plugging those workouts into my schedule in the 8 weeks leading up to the race. I may add two weeks to the plan which would make the training period 10 weeks but that hasn’t been decided just yet.

As for this week’s workouts, just a quick recap to report!

workout recap

Monday – 6 Miles & Pure Barre Tone in 10

First run in my new Energy Boosts! As I said in Thursday’s post, there’s nothing like running in a fresh pair of your favorite running shoes.

Adidas Energy Boosts

After my run: Pure Barre Tone in 10 – Arms & Abs

Tuesday – Yoga & 8 Miles

I followed Laura’s new speed workout! I really enjoyed it and highly recommend you give it a try.

Wednesday – Pure Barre  & 4 Miles

One of these days I will get around to reviewing the new Pure Barre Online Workout with focus on the thighs.

Pure Barre Pure Results Focus on Thighs

It is a 55 minute workout which flies by and is definitely my favorite Pure Barre workout at the moment but I don’t have the brain power to reserve to writing the review post right now since I am CONSUMED by the Bar Mitzvah.

I promise to get to writing this review as soon as I can think a little bit more clearly.

Thursday  – Yoga & 8 Miles

Uneventful run. I pushed my pace a bit in the middle miles but other than that, the rest of the run was fairly easy.

Friday – Pure Barre Mile High Series (35 minutes) & 4 Easy Miles

I was about to get my period any second (I love how regular I am that I know these things to the minute) so I felt pretty nauseous/light-headed until it arrived in the late morning.

I went through the motions with my workout because I knew that not moving myself in the morning would not help me to feel better. Keeping things light and easy helped my mood and ultimately helped me to feel better even when my cycle arrived, right on schedule.

Saturday – 13 Miles

Super easy long run. I spent most of the run on the phone with friends catching up and chatting. I couldn’t move too fast anyway because I felt pretty bleh from my period yet the run was refreshing at an easy pace.

I wanted to discuss how I carry my Hammer Gels with me for long runs.

I always take a Hammer Gel with me for long runs but I don’t always open it, especially if all I am doing is running easy. I carry the gel in my pocket with one of these little plastic bags since I do not normally eat an entire gel during routine long runs. I only eat a whole gel during races.

hammer gel

If I open the hammer gel and only eat a little bit, I place the gel in this plastic bag so that I can put it back in my pocket without having to worry that it will somehow squish and make a mess.

I mentioned the other day that by accident I washed my clothes with the hammer gel still in my pocket – this plastic bag method saved my laundry!

Sunday – Rest Day

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  • michele @paleorunningmomma August 7, 2016, 6:10 am

    That would’ve been a serious mess if that bag hadn’t saved you! I feel like running has taken even more of a backseat lately for me, along with yoga too. I’m about to run now but not feeling all that motivated. Not sure I have it in me to start training for anything this fall, we’ll see!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles August 7, 2016, 8:26 am

      hopefully once you got outside you felt more motivated, I think it’s not as humid this morning so that probably helped

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine August 7, 2016, 6:20 am

    Thats a good idea to use a plastic bag. I usually finish the gel if Im taking one and then carry it until I find somewhere to throw it away. If I put it in my shorts I would probably forget about it!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles August 7, 2016, 8:25 am

      yeah I like using these bags since I rarely finish the gel during routine runs and don’t often see a garbage. I always forget it’s in my pocket though!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes August 7, 2016, 3:56 pm

    That’s smart to store the gel in your bag! I always take the whole gel if it’s open – sip at it over a few miles- and if I don’t feel like having a whole one I skip it since I’m trying out training low on my easy long runs. Usually I toss it in a trashcan or just toss it in my pocket, since I do laundry immediately after my long runs.
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  • Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales August 8, 2016, 9:50 pm

    I really should start doing that with my gels! Usually I throw them in my hydration belt or carry them in the back zip pocket of my Lululemon capris. But if I don’t eat the whole thing, it definitely isn’t a good scene!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles August 10, 2016, 5:46 am

      I know! especially in the summer, the gels are stickier and more likely to ooze out of the package if you aren’t eating the whole thing.