Like Zima, almond butter is all the rage. I tried it. I liked it. It went down. It came up. 5 times.
The mythical almond butter was great – probably not as great as Courtenay or Greg or Ben or Lieto would have you believe, but it was good. I provided Greg with the analogy that ‘it was good, sort of like when you find $5 in the pocket of a pair of jeans’ and then we disagreed on whether it was $5 or $20- I still think it’s $5, maybe $10 at the most.
I applied it wrong though. I eat bagels with butter. That’s my pre-race meal, it’s good and I know that I can run sprints 10 mins later and it won’t come back. Ben said that when ‘butter’ is in the name of a product you don’t need to use regular butter – but you really should. So I had my double buttered bagel.
It was also 95 degrees out. So I figured I’d go for a run, a tempo run with about 30 mins of 6:45 pace. It was also hot – as it was said best in Biloxi Blues – IT WAS AFRICA HOT. The warm up was easy but not really necessary since it was, well, hot and warm.
It was also the day that a group of large folks were training for some walking event. I would say that if you have to train for a walking event – you probably need to get out more. I digress….
So I ran in and out of the 300 large participants of this walking event at my prescribed tempo pace – sort of fun until the almond butter returned. I stopped counting at 7 – I’d run a bit, getting in about 15 mins at first and then the rest was broken into run run run run run- whoops, stop, ick, run run run run run. I think I get credit for 30 mins of moving time (my Garmin 201 stops automatically when your pace falls above a certain min/mile pace).
Don’t eat almond butter before a run in 95 degree heat. As I ran my target HR was 175. When I saw 203, I figured I should back down and kept running at 199.