Thursday, June 27, 2013

Beetroot Juice Recipe

I have been juicing for a little while now, and testing out a couple recipes to clear the taste of dirt out of the greens and roots that have been blending into frothy drinks. Cold veggies helps with the taste, and so does adding an apple to the mix. 

Today I gave this recipe a try: 

Beetroot Recipe 
2 Celery Stalks with leaves 
1 Apple with core removed and sliced for juicing 
3 Beetroot leaves and stalks 
1 Beetroot (chopped for juicing) 

 Drop all the ingredients in to your juicer, in that order, and you'll have a tasty veggie drink with a little sweetness from the apple.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beet Juice - Legal Doping Magical Root Veggie

If you are reading this, and have information to add to anything I have mentioned below, please feel free to leave a comment, or send me a tweet.  I am very interested in learning more about Nitrates from beetroots and the benefits to Endurance Athletes.

I have been doing a lot of reading about Beetroot Juice, and the benefits to endurance athletes of drinking the nitrate rich root.  I'm not a pro-athlete, far from it, but based on the research done it seems like the benefits to "middle of the pack" age-groups with "front of the pack" mentality can see some gains in reducing pulmonary oxygen uptake (VO₂).

Today I've started my own NON-Scientific test of using Beetroot Juice by both juicing my own beets, and using a "store-bought" product by Dynamic Health called Organic Beetroot Juice.

The label on the bottle claims "High Potency" and I've asked Dynamic Health for an estimate on now much Nitrate is contained per serving to come up with an idea of how much I'm getting from the bottled juice:
I'll be sure to include any correspondence with Dynamic Health as an update to this post if I get that information.  I also plan on adding Beet It Sport to the mix once I get around to ordering the stuff.  That is the actual product used in the studies I've read.  They seem to really know their stuff and I REALLY would rather be drinking Beet It Sport than anything else since they are truly focused on using the Beetroot Juice in Sport.

The Science
Here are a couple of the sources I've been reading:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tempo Running is Fun

Tempo running is fun.  I was able to get out and have a great run this morning 5:00am.  It was pitch black outside so I ended up running the tempo portion on a half mile out and back loop in the middle the street under the lights. Good idea.

My goal pace was 6:50/mile for 3 miles tempo.

Mile 1 @ 6:41
Mile 2 @ 6:48
Mile 3 @ 6:44

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lucky Me - Lottery for Chevron Houston Marathon

I found out today that I was one of the lucky runners to be picked to compete in the Chevron Houston Marathon.  The Marathon Field is set at 13,000 runners, which is pretty massive.

I haven't set any goals yet for this race, but I can guess one of those goals will be to PR with a 3:15 or better.  I have a little time to work through those details before I start training for it in September.

Until then, I've got 4 more Triathlons and a couple of road races to complete in 2013.  It has been a couple of years since my last Marathon and I'm looking forward to the long runs around the city with friends!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

My Updated 2013 Triathlon Schedule

My recent move to Houston has had me rethinking my racing plan for 2013.  Instead of making road trips each weekend back up to North Texas, I've decided to look at the great Triathlons and Road Races of Houston and the surrounding areas.

Houston Triathlons and Houston Marathons are all over the place, and almost every weekend... including IRONMAN Texas in May.

My 2013 - 2014 Race Schedule

Registered Races
08/04/13 - Bridgeland Triathlon 

2013 - Possible Races

2014 - Possible Races
04/06/14 - IRONMAN 70.3 Texas
05/17/14 - IRONMAN Texas

  Sunday run in the rain.