Product Review: NUUN Rest

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Hydration is key during a workout, long run, race, and in general if you’re going to be active and sweating. There are a few products in the market that can help you hydrate, but none better than Nuun (pronounced “noon”). Now, hydration aside, Nuun is now tackling the second most important aspect of training: Rest!

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Training Thoughts on Rest


In any sport, rest is just as important as an intense day at the gym, track, water, or where ever your sport takes you. Previous to working with RunCanvas Coaching, I would lace up my shoes and run every day in an all-out effort to beat the clock. Days when I couldn’t run, whether it be circumstances within our outside of my control, I would beat myself up and would sulk around feeling guilty for not running.

Where did it get me?

Intense training, every day, with no scheduled breaks, lead me to burnout. Yes, I was running triple digits each month, but my legs complained of soreness every time I’d look at my running shoes. I would go to bed exhausted, yet could never get comfortable enough to sleep more than an hour or so without waking up and tossing and turning. My shins hurt constantly and I started to look at running differently. How could something I enjoy cause me so much grief? After running the Hershey Half Marathon in October of 2018, I decided to take a break from running, I needed a way to mentally disconnect from running which was starting to feel like “work”.

What did I learn?

In the months following the Hershey Half, I gained some weight, I still ran every-so-often, but mostly just to clear my head, my running dropped from 100+ miles a month to about 15-20 miles a month for December and January. I learned in that time, that it was okay to not get a run in, and my body healed a lot faster when I actually took the time to rest. My shin pain went away, and I found myself looking forward to getting outside. I completed the Frozen Snot in January and Squirrely Tail in February and it was those two races that reminded me why I loved running so much.

But I blurred the lines again once the weather got nicer and started on a downward slope of over-training. My pace had suffered greatly from taking time off, going from an average of 8:45 min/mile to 9:45 min/mile (even 10:00 min/mile at times) and I was back to forcing a run every day to hit those high weekly miles.

Trainer or No Trainer?

I posted earlier [linked here] on whether or not there was a benefit to hiring a personal trainer (run coach) and decided to take the chance when the opportunity arrived. I was excited to get started and was eager to see my upcoming training schedule. Day 1 was a rest day. I immediately felt that apprehension growing inside me. “Day 1, Rest Day, but I’m supposed to be training,” I told myself.

The Results

I decided right then and there, I had to change my mindset. After all, how’d not resting work out for me? So, in an effort to not sabotage myself, I made the decision that I would follow everything the plan called for, and if it said rest, then I would rest.

I can say without a doubt those rest days have helped in ways I wouldn’t have imaged. I’m no longer sore between scheduled runs, and when I see “rest” on the calendar, I make sure to give my body a chance to recover, so that way I’m better prepared for the scheduled runs ahead.

Physical benefits aside, I’ve found mentally, those rest days allow my brain to shut off the guilt associated with not running, I knowing it’s all part of the plan. That mental break and disconnect allow me to enjoy running in ways I wouldn’t have imaged. I look forward to my training schedule and approach each run with excitement – hills, speed work, tempo? Let’s do this!

Going Forward

Yesterday I ran 7 miles at a slow and steady pace, and for the first time in years, around mile 5, I experienced that highly sought after runner’s high. Everything was right in the world. My legs flowed effortlessly, my breathing was calm and rhythmic, I felt for the first time in ages: in tune with my body and my surroundings.

So, whatever sport you may be in if you find yourself upset with your performance and just not enjoying your passion, it’s time for a little rest. It’s great to have passion, but I think “blood, sweat, and tears” doesn’t need to be the components of every exercise or training session.

If you aren’t having fun and aren’t enjoying the process, stop and ask yourself why you’re in it in the first place.

Superfood Bites pack Superfood Flavor!

“Disclaimer: I received Superfood Bites from Food Groove Mission to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

If you know me, you know how important nutrition is to me and how I strive to maintain a healthy consumption of whole and natural foods. I mean, the reason Beyond24Days was created was to show off our love of food… real food! I’m all about nonprocessed foods, that use whole, and natural ingredients with labels that are easy to read – basically, I want to know exactly what I’m eating.

Enter: Superfood Bites by Food Groove Mission

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Let’s talk injuries…

The mind is a wonderful thing, it can be wildly constructive and lead to wonderful things and it can be just as destructive at the same time.

Back in July, after counting up my monthly miles, I had it in my head that I could hit triple digits. Heck, I was following loads of people on social media hitting 100+ mile months and if everyone’s doing it…

So in August I hit my goal of 100 miles ran in a month (110 to be exact), I felt great and unstoppable. Every day I was lacing up and heading out on 4 to 5 miles of pure running joy. I felt little to no pain or soreness, life was great.

Plantar Fasciitis, almost every runner that I know has had to deal with plantar fasciitis. It’s par for the course if you ask me. If you haven’t suffered from it, consider yourself lucky. I was able to identify the problem early and was able to treat it with a series of proactive stretches and massage. Remember that plantar fasciitis is the symptom, you need to treat the cause.


Stretches: SmashWeRX on YouTube, this series of stretches will help you prevent and treat your plantar fasciitis injury.

Self-Massage: Dr. Bruce has a video on an awesome technique and if done consistently I have found it has almost an immediate effect.

Stress Fractures, September rolled around and I was determined to hit my goal of triple digits again. And so every day I put on my trust shoes and out the door I ran. I noticed a twinge of pain in my left shin, but ignored it. After a mile or so, the pain would subside and it was easy to put the pain behind me.

By the end of the month my 100 mile goal was in sight, but my motivation started to dwindle. My mornings became a little harder to get going as well. I now would wake up to what felt like a bruised shin on my left leg. I could put weight in my leg without issue, but just the impact with the ground while walking would cause me to hobble. I would foam roll my legs, but as soon as I would hit a pinpoint spot on my shin, shooting pain would stab through my leg. And as the sun slept in and would rise later and later it started to take more coaxing to get out of bed. After much internet research, denial, and eventually seeking outside advice I have come to the conclusion that drastically increasing my monthly mileage lead to hairline fractures on both of my legs.

How to identify stress fractures:

I caution anyone looking to increase mileage to not exceed an increase of more than 10% each month. Treatment is no running for 6-8 weeks, and I would strongly suggest seeking the advice of a medical professional.