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First Week of February Giveaway & Final ZYM Review

Today’s Workout: 12 miles @ 2 hours, 5 minutes

This giveaway has now closed. Special thanks go to ZYM for sponsoring our first contest!

Again, this week’s workout was my longest run on the treadmill. Basically, every run every Sunday after this will be my longest run ever, until/unless I start tapering. I haven’t made up my mind which marathon I want to make my first yet, but due to scheduling conflicts, I think I might have to wait until August to even attempt my first marathon. I might just do a half marathon in the spring, until then, but we’ll see. My goal was to complete my first 26.2 in/around May, but between my sister’s upcoming nuptials, my husband’s birthday, and I just found out my cousin is getting married in June, I may have to re-evaluate my plans.

But…I have bigger news to share with you before I even start discussing my marathon plans with you!

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Running on Empty


Today’s Workout: 6 miles @ 59:23

Some days you feel like you have loads of energy, and on others, you’re so exhausted, you wonder how you’re ever going to make it through the day. That’s how I was feeling today. I went to bed at a reasonable hour 12:00 a.m., and then the dogs woke me up at 2:00 a.m. That’s a far cry from my normal 4:00 a.m. wake-up call from them. Anyways, it took me hours before I could fall asleep again!

I was already running late to work this morning because I pressed snooze an extra 15 times, I was so exhausted, so instead of picking up my regular coffee from Dunkin Donuts, I plunked a ZYM in my water bottle and brought it with me.


Today’s flavor? Berry. Now, much like many other electrolyte tablets, this flavor is infused with caffeine. 100 mg of caffeine, to be exact. To give you an idea, that’s approximately the same amount of caffeine as what’s in a Dunkin Donuts medium latte.

I wasn’t aware of this at the time, but this morning, between desperation for caffeine and excitement to try out a new flavor of the tablets, I downed that water bottle like it was my job.

I was perky and alert in no time. To be honest, if it weren’t for that pretty little tablet, I’m not quite sure I could have made it through the day. I was literally contemplating calling in sick this morning…that’s how bad it was. I think the only reason why I didn’t was because I go by the philosophy of “if you stay home sick, you can’t do anything.” Not even run. And I wanted to run today, so that meant I had to book it into work.

Now, regarding the taste of the Berry flavored ZYM. It definitely tasted Berry flavored, but if I’m being honest, there was a little hint of a bitter flavor within it. I didn’t mind it, and if I was running while drinking it, I probably wouldn’t even notice it…but I did. This tablet is, of course, filled with electrolytes and a bunch of other vitamins, like B3, B5, B6, B12, and some C thrown in there for good measure, so my guess would be that that’s why it was a little bitter. Now, I did enjoy the Berry flavor, but if you asked me whether I’d choose orange and Berry, I know I’d go for the orange, which I think is exceptionally good…which is why that’s the flavor I chose for my run this evening.

Regarding my run…nothing was going to make me alert. I was exhausted when in started running, and knew before I ever stepped on the treadmill that it would be a mental challenge. But, because this blog keeps me accountable, I told myself to do what Nike says and “Just Do It.” And so I did it, and completed my scheduled 6-mile run. Go me!

What do you do to make sure you get your run in on those super exhausting days?

Coffee, tea, or other caffeinated beverage? What’s your go to drink that keeps you up when you’re tired?