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Half Marathon Training…A Long Wog

This morning I will adventure out on an 11 mile training wog. I always think at 11 miles, should we be just going another 2.2 and having a party at the end, but never the less it’s the beauty of training. The longer mileage, they always suggest trying out all of the things you’ll be doing on actual race day, fuel hydration, shoes, socks, music, etc. I thought I’d share my favorite hydration and fuel.

 

Fuel

I’ve had a couple mishaps with fuel making my stomach upset, I’ve also determined my love of caffeine is not true when I am mid-race. So, I stick to caffeine-free. I love Clif Shot Bloks. I cut the tubs in half and put it in my pack, making for easy pop in your mouth on the go-ness. My favorite flavors are mountain berry and cran-razz.

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Hydration

For the longest time I only drank water. I didn’t buy in to the whole you needed something in your water thing, until I thought okay what if it improved how I felt in the last 4 miles. So, this year I decided to try some. I have never been good with Gatorade or high sugar drinks, they make me nauseous. I’ve heard Nuun, but never tried it. I tried grape and it was okay, but they recently released watermelon and my world has been flipped upside down! I love it! It has helped with my performance and tastes absolutely delicious! The fact that they refer to at limited edition worries me. I just bought another 4 tubes at REI this weekend.
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The other part of hydration is how to carry it. I started out with a hand carry bottle, but as I walk and swing my arms I started realizing how much it bulled at my shoulder, and the fact that I sloshed water all over the place. I couldn’t have the luck of using a bottle that I could get open, or closed. My dad is a cyclist, and always waxed poetic about the Camelbak Podium bottles. Then I discovered their Delaney back that incorporated pack and Podium. Oh, it came in pink. SOLD! I’ve really enjoyed it, although I’ve seen an improved one that definitely expands on it’s awesomeness.

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This year during training I also tried the Camelbak Arc 2. I do think it’s great for a small bottle pack, the trouble is the way I am shaped it either wants to be low and creep down when I pick up speed or be up around my bra and that is uncomfortable. Maybe, as I lose weight I’ll be able to comfortably use this one more.

Do you have a favorite fuel or hydration for working out?

 

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Build Me Up Buttercup!

One of the things I am very lucky to have is support. My family is super supportive of my passion for fitness, losing weight, and my fanatical love of half marathons.

My mom has accompanied me on every half marathon (even when I put her in matching costumes) and personal training session. My husband has been supportive of all my training, helping roll out my muscles, and he has embraced our changed diet.

In the early years of me trying to change, I had toxic friends around me. I know I was the “fat friend.” The one they always thought well at least I’m not THAT big.  Unfortunately, it took too long to realize they weren’t ever going to get on board with me changing. They were the people who insisted you needed to eat ice cream, cake, and candy because they wanted to. When I got them out of my life, it was amazing how much easier it was for me to workout and stick to my plan.

I believe a great support system is one of those keys to successful weight loss. If you feel everyone is constantly trying to sabotage you, or talk you out of the workout, it’s going to be harder to succeed.

This is my mom and I after out latest half marathon, Hop Hop Half, it was Easter themed and had brunch with mimosas at the end. The skirts and hats were made by me, the sassy coordinating tops bought at the fabu Target!

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After the Hop Hop Half Marathon – March 24, 2013

Who is your biggest supporter?

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First Post on Wog This Way!

Hello Out There

My name is Kimbery, and I am another person traversing the Candyland board of weight loss and fitness. It’s been life changing for me, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned, and continue to learn on the way.

To explain the title of this site, it’s a term I use for my mash up of walking and jogging. While I dream of running fast like Kara Goucher, it hasn’t happened yet. That’s okay with me I wog along, happy to be moving. Although occasionally I do sprint for the finish line of a half marathon, it’s my Olympic moment in my mind.

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Let me know are you a walker, runner, or wogger? 

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