A couple weeks ago I told you about my short run with some speed work while trying out energybits. I was pretty impressed with the fact that they helped to get rid of my headache while running and I felt pretty good after taking them. You can read about it here. The Nitric Oxide found in the spirulina algae helps to open blood vessels, which I believe is part of what helped my headache diminish on my run.
So I decided to give them another try on a longer run. My husband & I decided to do at least 6 miles together the other day. We better get used to running together if we’re going to do a half marathon together in less than 3 months! It was a pretty nasty summer day down here in Florida. I popped my energybits before we left the house to drop off our daughter. Here’s what they look like, and if you take 4-5 with a gulp of water, you never even taste them. Which is good for me because remember I hate the taste of anything from the water.
We left about 8:15 am because I’m not an early riser and I’m not waking up my sleeping 1 year old. By this time of the morning it was already 82 degrees with 82 % humidity!! Holy cow can you say swim and not a run. We started out with a slow warm up mile and then got into our 2:1 intervals. Yes my husband is being nice and doing intervals with me. I was trying out different strides and feeling good. By 4.5 miles I had to stop for some water due to the extremely high humidity. Kind of unusual for me since I’m one of those people who drinks a ton of water and never have anything on a run, including some 8 milers I’ve done.
We decided to cut the run off at 6 miles due to the high heat and humidity. Instead we headed back to the house and did about 30 minutes of swimming and laps. It was definitely refreshing after that 6 miler! I was still feeling good and full of energy.
A couple hours after the run, I did have a sugar crash from not eating prior to running. I normally don’t eat anything within a few hours of running, otherwise it wouldn’t be pretty. This is part of me not running in the mornings. I can’t go out completely empty because of my insulin issues, so I normally go a few hours after breakfast. But hey, I got to eat some cookies after my run!
A crazy little tidbit from the energybits website:
Did you know that NASA feeds algae to the astronauts? NASA says “1 kg of algae has the nutritional equivalent of 1,000 kg of fruits and vegetables.”
How about that for an endorsement? You could always take them and pretend to be an astronaut. Come on, you know that you wanted to be one when you were little. They’re also easy to carry around in this handy little tin.
So if you’re looking for something to sustain you through your workouts, you might want to check them out here.
Enjoy Your Adventure, Samantha
FTC Disclosure: ENERGYbits provided me with a free sample to try out and review. I was given no compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.