We have been running our tails off around here in October. The cooler temperatures have made for perfect running conditions, but after a long run, I still crave a tall glass of icy cold refreshment.
I’ve never really been one to drink a lot of sports drinks; but because I have been spending more time running recently, while training for races, I realized I should be a little better about replacing my electrolytes.
Coconut water makes a great base for home electrolyte drinks because it’s naturally high in potassium. The first time I ever had coconut water was on a vacation in Jamaica, straight from a coconut plucked from a tree! I wasn’t too sure about the flavor then, and, honestly, I’m still not completely sold on the taste of plain coconut water, but mix it with some fresh citrus juices and a touch of honey and I will guzzle it down. I don’t feel too guilty sweetening it up a little, knowing that my body needs some carbs along with the electrolytes to recover from the extended sweat sessions.
Race #1 this month was the Queen Bee Half Marathon in Cincinnati. It was a race primarily geared toward women, complete with lots of fun girlie swag! This was the second half marathon I have run, finishing with a time of 2:10:53. Cincinnati is pretty hilly and didn’t feel well prepared for that part, so I was totally ecstatic to finish well under my goal and with a new PR! To celebrate, I drank
homemade all natural citrus sports drink the mimosas at the finish line!
Race #2 was the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Half Marathon.
Insert really cheesy photo…
This was the first time I had the chance to run a long race with other people. Derek had a great race and finished under his goal time! But it was a bit of a rough road for my sister, who didn’t get to train as much as she would have liked after going back to college for the fall. So we ended up letting Derek run ahead, she toughed it out, and we made it to the finish line intact.
We have one more race planned for the remainder of the year coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to the race but also to slowing down a little bit with the running and changing it up with some other exercises. Until then, I’ll have some of this drink in the fridge for my post-run recovery!
- 2 cups coconut water
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Pinch of salt
- Mix coconut water, juices, honey and salt in a pitcher.
- Serve over ice, if desired.