Generic brand from Wegmans
One time while talking to my mom, most likely after my first ice bath, she said that she heard Epsom salt baths were good for minor sores and bruises. My parents don't have a bathtub but my mom ended up putting it on a towel and placing it on an area of her leg that had bruised from running. She said that it seemed like it worked.
Yesterday, I gave it a try. It was nice to be able to have warm water rather than ice cold water. I soaked for about fifteen to twenty minutes and when I got out it seemed like my feet didn't hurt as much as before. Unfortunately, the effect wore off more quickly than with the ice bath and I ended up icing my feet. I'm not going to give up on Epsom salt baths but I might pour the Epsom salt into my next ice bath instead.
Now on to more exciting news.
I sucked it up (literally) and tried Clif Shot energy gel on our 5 mile run tonight. I loved it! I got the mocha flavor that Mike had on our run last Sunday and it tasted great. Compared to Gu I thought the consistency was much better and it was easier to suck down the entire package. Normally, I wouldn't use anything on runs 7 miles or less but I had to try it before our race on Saturday (more on that tomorrow). I am so relieved that I finally found something that works for me!
Our actual run went really well too. While at work I mapped out a 5 mile route because our Garmin is out of commission for a little while. Mike wore our regular watch and we headed out around 6:45pm. I had to wear our headlamp because it was almost dark went we left.
Overall, I felt strong the entire time. I had to slow down a little bit because it started to rain and I didn't want to slip on the leaves scattered on the sidewalk. I felt like we were going at a pretty good pace and I actually enjoyed not really knowing how we were doing. I didn't even figure out where the halfway mark was, but we had a good idea because we have run part of the route before.
When we were almost at the end of our run, Mike said that it had been 47 minutes so I knew we were in good shape.
We ended up doing the 5 miles in 50:52 which is 10:10 minutes per mile pace! Not too shabby.
Then we came home to this:
Have you tried an Epsom salt bath before? Also, what time of day do you prefer to run? I am loving nighttime training runs!