Proudly Canadian PT 2 – Honeymaxx

 

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First before I begin. A huge shout out to fellow Honeymaxx Ambassador and amazing young athlete Dominika Jamnicky. She won the female elite GOLD at the ITU Triathlon Pan Am Cup in Toronto on July 12, 2014. CONGRATS!!

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Dominika Jamnicky winning GOLD

I found Honeymaxx at a race over a year ago. The graphics caught my eye first with their bold claim; “The World’s Only Honey based hydration drink”. After a quick google search, I learned they were telling the truth! Even more curious; a market that is already saturated with sports drinks, why did we need yet another one? The answer was actually a great story.

One of the creators, Mark, found he was allergic to refined sugar and being an athlete and needing a source of energy during his rides he started experimenting with his own sources. After several home made recipes of honey powder he and his best friend Tom realized they had something great to offer everyone, not just athletes.

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Honeymaxx in the cage

 

 

This product is great for endurance athletes, diabetics (especially athletes who have diabetes) and kids. After trying it out and filling up my water bottle I was hooked. I was told try it out on my runs and see what I thought. After a couple of weeks I was surprised with the results. I went from the kind of runner who depended heavily on gels to get through my workouts, to being able to go longer without them.  Don’t get me wrong; gels are a convenient product for all endurance athletes. They provide quick burst of energy and electrolytes. The common complaint athletes have with these products is gut rot, GI issues, energy spikes and even bigger energy dips. Some products overload your system with electrolytes and some don’t provide enough.

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For the Ladies they have Sports Bras now! Also cycling kits and running shirts.

 

Honeymaxx created a formula that has a sustainable energy source which burns slowly and with only all natural ingredients your GI tract stays in tack. A breakdown on these ingredients is simple. Honey: an energy source. Minerals such as potassium, magnesium calcium and sodium make up the essential electrolytes that you absolutely need to replenish. Ginger is added to help your digestion, and a bit of Stevia to naturally sweeten the whole mix.

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Two great flavours with more to come!

 

The taste is light and comes in two flavours, lemon lime and orange also in single serve or 500G bags. The product comes in a powder form, which is where the company has had some challenges. Since it’s not a refined sugar and formulated from honey power, it obviously won’t dissolve like a completely sugar based Gatorade power does. If you follow the mixing directions properly and add some patience it does mix very well. There will be some clumping and those clumps will dissolve in your bottle if you let it sit for a few minutes and then re- agitate. Rumours are they’ve found a solution and production may start soon.

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Single Serve Packets for easy on the go hydration.

Being the kind of gal that leaves everything to the last minute – I fill my bottle half way with water, pour in the power, fill the rest of the bottle with water, and using my Ud Hydrates hand holder, I’m out the door leaving the agitation to happen as I warm up into my run. In fact I’m often happy to see a bit of the Honeymaxx settle to the bottom of my bottle, because as I near the end of my run and find a spot to fill up, I still have a bit of Honeymaxx left over to flavour the newly added water.

Want to try some Honeymaxx for yourself? Are you already a big fan and want to fill up for summer? I have an amazing online SUMMER discount for you!

Just send me an email – michelletherunner@gmail.com or find me on other SM site and DM me. I will gladly share. www.honeymaxx.com is where you will need to shop to use the code.

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Honeymaxx Mixology

MTR Off-Road Challenge Rules

Join the MTR Off-Road Challenge
July 12-13. Get your race entry codes from me via FB msg, Twitter DM or email.
The Challenge deets:
•You MUST sign up for the 5peaks Rattlesnake point race on Saturday July 12. Code for discount will be provided via Direct Message.
•You MUST also sign up for The Northface Endurance series race on Sunday July 13. Code for discount will be provided via Direct Message.
Note: The special codes I have been given are only for people participating in the Challenge and NOT for single race entries.
•Using Facebook or Twitter (or both) show picture proof your registration for both races. Tag the image on Twitter with @runningchic @5peaks and @thenorthfaceECS
•Everyone who follows those steps will be entered into the Challenge and will be eligible to win one of five prize packs!
•Prizes up for grabs: (and this is just a sneak peek!)
1 pair of Mizuno Kazan trail shoes
Bags of Sportssuds
Bags of Honeymaxx and water bottles
Cases of Rumble Drink
Rolls of KTTAPE + KTTAPE Spray Adhesive
Preferred Nutrition Magsense powder (amazing for recovery)
Barefooters recovery shoe
Barefooters Flip flop
25% code for entry at the WI and UT ECS race in 2014
A free entry to any ECS race in 2014
SISU clothing tshirts and water bottles
Boxes of KIND bars
 4 $50 gift certificates to Salomon Running Store
Go the distance and challenge yourself this July 12-13! 2 races, 2 days, 1 amazing weekend! The MTR Off-Road Challenge has officially kicked off! I promise you will have an amazing experience and the memories will last a lifetime.
Message me if you have any questions otherwise I’m looking forward to seeing you on the trails!

The MTR Off-Road Challenge July 12-13

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The Salomon trail team. Everyone here has a great story to tell!

Inspired by the Salomon trail team during the solstice run last week, I had an “ah ha” moment. Having so much fun running the 5peaks series this summer and knowing how much fun the Northface ECS races are, I have been so torn about which one to do. With the help of some great friends, we came to the conclusion – why the heck choose just one when you can do both?
Then the hamster that lives in my head started spinning the wheel. This is a perfect challenge and I should encourage others to challenge themselves as well.
So many great people I know are doing amazing challenges this year.  Everyday these people inspire me to be the best person I can be. Here are just a couple of examples;
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Beautiful and Determined. She never Quits. #perserverance is her Hashtag.

1. Krysten Bishop – A.K.A Darwinianfail is going the distance this year and challenging herself to do her first half Ironman.
Visit www.darwinianfail.com and find out why her story is so amazing. Her journey to get to Muskoka this fall hasn’t been easy. She is definitely the most determined woman I’ve ever met.
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Rhonda is the Star of an amazing life. She has reminded us all, with or without a disability you can accomplish anything if you really want it. #determination is her hashtag.

2. Rhonda-Marie Avery. She is a legally blind runner who is taking on the challenge of running the Bruce Trail from the beginning to end – 885km, 20 days with 8% vision. If that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.
Go to www.8percentnolimit.com and watch the trailer for the documentary being made. You can also visit her fundraising page here;
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Guts to bring awareness to a topic that needs so much attention. He took his passion and put it to good use. #resilience is his hashtag

3.Jean-Paul Bedard. A recovery addict who is also a victim of child abuse is raising awareness for the cause one mile at time!  This past April he ran a “Double Boston”. Starting in the wee hours of the morning he ran from the finish line to the start and then turned around went back with the rest of the 27,000 runners to the finish line again. Check out his fundraising page http://bitly.com/tohellandbackor you can follow his amazing journey on his blog www.breathethroughthis.com
This is by no means a complete list – it could go on forever, believe me – but these three are particularly special to me.
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All three of these inspiring people embody one word that is dear to my heart. I repeat it to myself constantly when the road ahead looks a little rocky -”SISU”. It’s the Finnish word that represents endurance, resilience, tenacity, determination and perseverance. I think you would all agree the above three have SISU coming out of their ears! They’re incredible.
With all of that said, this is what I want you guys to do. I want you all to dig deep and find your SISU.  Join the MTR Off-Road Challenge 
July 12-13.
The Challenge deets:
•You MUST sign up for the 5peaks Rattlesnake point race on Saturday July 12. Code for discount will be provided via Direct Message.
•You MUST also sign up for The Northface Endurance series race on Sunday July 13. Code for discount will be provided via Direct Message.
Note: The special codes I have been given are only for people participating in the Challenge and NOT for single race entries.
•Using Facebook or Twitter (or both) show picture proof your registration for both races. Tag the image on Twitter with @runningchic @5peaks and @thenorthfaceECS
•Everyone who follows those steps will be entered into the Challenge and will be eligible to win one of five prize packs!
•Prizes up for grabs: (and this is just a sneak peek!)
1 pair of Mizuno Kazan trail shoes
Bags of Sportssuds
Bags of Honeymaxx and water bottles
Cases of Rumble Drink
Rolls of KTTAPE + KTTAPE Spray Adhesive
Preferred Nutrition Magsense powder (amazing for recovery)
Barefooters recovery shoe
Barefooters Flip flop
25% code for entry at the WI and UT ECS race in 2014
A free entry to any ECS race in 2014
SISU clothing tshirts and water bottles
Boxes of KIND bars
There are still some unconfirmed prizes that are equally amazing and will be divided into the prize packs.
Hint: It’s a major trail running chain!
Go the distance and challenge yourself this July 12-13! 2 races, 2 days, 1 amazing weekend! The MTR Off-Road Challenge has officially kicked off! I promise you will have an amazing experience and the memories will last a lifetime.
Message me if you have any questions otherwise I’m looking forward to seeing you on the trails!
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You might get caught in my trail selfies!

Summer Solstice on the Trails

 

It’s officially summer folks and I celebrated with all of my friends at 5peaks Trail race in Heart Lake!

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@waterlillyto and @cnaumann4 my friends in real life and on twitter. Follow them!!

Summer Solstice is a special day. I’ve celebrated this day in many ways in some very cool places. Spending summer solstice in Sweden was probably my most memorable solstice. Until yesterday! I work up at the crack of dawn to pick up my friends Clare and Peader. We headed to the second 5Peaks race of the Ontario series.

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The Three Amigos – Me, Peadar and Clare

I got to see some friends I used to train with, friends I haven’t seen in a very long time and even made a few new ones!

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I have spent many hours with these people! Love all of them!

This race was a little more flat which made for some faster splits through some soft gorgeous trails. There was also quite a bit of log jumping so I had to invite my glutes to this party.

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Flat and smooth

I liked this course because it allowed for a few more cheer sections right in the places you needed a little boost.

Erin Dasher, the race director, did another great job and as always continued to challenge the runners to give everyone a chance to win awesome prizes. The shoe toss is so much fun, I would sign up for this race just for that!

 

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The Famous Shoe Toss

Once everyone got their podium moment and the crowd started to thin, Peader, Clare and me jumped in my car and headed for the Salomon Toronto Summer Solstice Run.

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My podium moment! 2nd place

Showing up just in time for lap number 7, we hit the trails in Sunnybrook Park with some of my favourite Toronto trail runners. Brian Culprit, Sam, Joshua, Fred and Lucy are just a few that I have run with in the past. I got to catch up with one of my favourite runners Ryan Barrett and his wife.  Ryan started this Salomon solstice run project and due to a serious injury he was not able to participate. Sad he couldn’t run, but so happy to see the spirit and support he still has for the sport of trail running. He was there all day cheering on the runners on every lap. I got to run with Ryan on a winter solstice run, where I first met him. Ryan is one of nicest people I’ve met. He is not only a gifted runner but is also a super talented artist. Go to Artverb.com to check out this stuff!

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Lap 7! Here we Go!

Brian Culprit has been giving Toronto trail runners more trails than ever to run in Sunnybrook (thank you so much for you efforts Brian). Brian is also one of those runners you just want to run beside because without speaking any words you are learning so much. He has a Zen quality about him. I felt privileged to spend some time on his turf beside him.

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Brian – the leader of this pack!

After some refuelling with some electrolytes and anything we could find to put into our stomachs, we headed out for lap 8.  Once again Brian showed us another beautiful trail. Another lap meant another friendship was forged!Victory lap was the best lap. It was short and sweet and we got to be there for the closing of yet another amazing solstice run with a great group of supporters.

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The gangs all here! Ryan in the bright yellow shoes on the right!

Sweaty, tired, swollen, smelly, hungry, thirsty but happy the sun was setting; we high-fived, hugged, kissed and greeted the new season together.

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Scott Burger – the best hugs ever!

One day, two trails events and my best friends made June 21, 2014, my happiest summer solstice so far.

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Happy Summer everyone!

 

5 Tips for Trail Running

Trail races are popping up all over the places these days. The 5peaks trail series added a bunch of of new races across Canada and has creeped down into the USA. The NorthFace Endurance Challenge race series leads with events spanning over 6 continents.

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Training on the Trails in Niagara

I’m still fairly new to training and racing on trails. I was lucky to have some great teachers. My best learning moments were actually when my friend would throw on an ultrarunning movie and like watching any sports, I quickly decided who my favourites trail heroes were. Kilian Jornet was number one, then the list followed with Anton Krupicka, Michael Aish and Gary Robbins.

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Some of the Ultra stars I got to meet at the Northface Endurance Challenge

I’m aware the list is all boys, but girls do run ultra’s and trails as well. I can’t write about ultras and not mention Emelie Forsberg. She is an amazing athlete and I even got a chance to run a few km’s with her in San Francisco last year. I do have a very special soft spot for Anna Frost. She is a runner who I can really relate to as another female competitor. To me she is my trail running Paula Radcliffe. Anna Frost is just really special and like most heroes, she reminded me that good or bad, nothing is forever.

Now you know my inspiration for spending some time on the trails. I want to share with you some of the lessons I have learned from my teachers.

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My Mizuno Wave Hayate Trail Shoes.

1. You must get Trail Shoes 
After two training runs on some single track trails, I headed for the shoe store. Now I run in the Mizuno Hayate trails shoes. There are so many options, but the key is finding something that will work for you. Trail shoes are designed to help you traverse gnarly terrain and protect your feet the way road shoes aren’t able to. For easy trails or beginner runners, your first couple times out, road shoes will be fine. Once you slip your foot into a trail shoe, you won’t go back.

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Some of the beautiful trails at Rattle Snake Point – part of the 5peaks trail Series. July 12.

2. Start slow
Like anything new, start slow and if you’re going from to road to trail, things will be much slower and just be okay with that. Increase to more technical terrain slowly to avoid overtraining and injury. Get comfortable in your surroundings.

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My friend Clare learning the ropes at Rattlesnake point

3. Adjust your stride.
You’ll be on your toes, jumping side to side over stumps, even power hiking at times. This will actually make you stronger in the end, as you use muscles you never use on the road.

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Stumps and rocks are part of the fun of trail running, but you still have to careful.

4. Watch your step.
On the road you tend to take it for granted that nothing is in your way and you can look straight down at your feet. On a trail you have to keep your head up and look straight ahead. Watch your lines so you can stay two steps ahead preparing for potential obstacles.

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That is us “power hiking” up a very steep hill. Rattlesnake point.

5. Walking is acceptable.
This one was the hardest for me to accept. Walking is part of this sport and if the climb is too steep, you will actually get further ahead by taking a power walk break. The other bonus about this is the walk breaks will give you time to enjoy the beauty around you.

Interested in trying either 5peaks or the Northface Endurance Challenge this summer? Send me a comment – I have codes I can share for discounts on race registration.

The Northface endurance challenge is here July 12-13. The 5peaks trail series runs all summer and fall across canada!

#getofftheroad and #neverstopexploring

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Trail running is just so much fun! We can’t get enough!

Temporarily Joining the Rat Race

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Clare and I heading off to the Bay Street Rat Race.

A last minute change of plans had me holding a bib for the Bay Street 5km Rat Race. Not at all in 5km shape I decided to use this as an opportunity to give my coach some 5km data for my new seasons training plan. Doing either a mile trial or a strong 5km effort is a great way to give your coaches feedback to know where to start your training and how to progress safely for the next 16 weeks.

5km’s are tough all by themselves. Add race day performance anxiety, which I have been dealing with for over a year and mine usually don’t end well.

The race started and I stayed in my own head, ran my own race. The goal was data not winning. I would not let anyone else decide how this race was going to end. Running under someone else’s bib also helped because I knew no one could find me if things went south or I had to DNF (which I have NEVER done!).

The Rat Race is a fun event, all for the United Way Charity. The course is pretty easy running up University Avenue to Bloor then over to Yonge street and back down to queen.

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Photo with the top finishing girls

Using my new Polar watch and heart rate monitor I was pretty excited to see my results.  To my surprise my first 5km back from a long winter of injury and no training I finished with a decent time and 2nd female.

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The data from my watch told me I was actually running my 10km pace which meant I had more push than I gave. This was a great confidence booster so early in the season. My legs were pretty spent because I did a speed workout the night before with my team so I was more than thrilled with my well executed race strategy.

The post race event was really fun. Free pizza, Free Kind Bars and Free post-race pictures. There aren’t awards for top finishers but best costumes got lots of great giveaways.

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Hanging out with Michael Brennan after the race – enjoying our Rumble Drink

I spend the rest of the weekend riding, cheering at the Multisport Triathlon in Welland, doing my Sunday long run and prepping for GOTLIVE.

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GOTLIVE is my new LIVE youtube show. It airs every Monday at 8pm EST on the GetOutThere Magazine youtube site.

Tonight we have Dean Karnazes as our special guest to share his trail running secrets! Lots of giveaway!

 

Proudly Canadian – Part 1: Nutrition

As an endurance athlete, I have to stay on top of my before, during and after training nutrition. The market is flooded with products and the choices can get confusing for newcomers to endurance sports. Personally, I like to choose products that include ingredients my body will recognize as real food and easily digest. Everyone’s needs are different and unique. Food sensitivities are becoming more and more prevalent and a growing concerning for all athletes.

As part of this ongoing series, I’m going to introduce you to many of my favourite products I have in my arsenal at all times. The best part about these products, are, like me, they’re Canadian!

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Turbo, Simon and me meeting up at Paris to Ancaster 2014.

The first brand I would like to introduce you to is Stoked Oats.

Before I start my day – Stoked Oats. download (1) Just when I thought I would never touch oatmeal again, Stoked Oats entered my life. My stomach has never been great on oatmeal and no matter what brand or kind of oatmeal I tried, it didn’t stick. Stoked Oats is for everyone, being a gluten free product they even cover their bases by providing a paleo, vegan and even a caffeinated formula. Meeting the creator of this amazing product and TV host of the show Boundless Simon Donato. I told him how much I couldn’t stand oatmeal. It was either too plain and bland or heavily dosed in preservatives that I might as well eat poison (I can be a bit dramatic at times). He said “well that’s why I created Stoked Oats.” If you have ever watched his show (and if not then you should!!), you know Simon as a guy who strives for only the best. He is intensively competitive, and enjoys pushing his limits but he understands the philosophy “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well”

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Super all natural and tastes amazing.

My introduction to Stoked Oats was their flavour “Bucking-Eh”.  It’s full of amazing ingredients; chia seeds, black currants, Mulberry, Flax, Cinnamon and Whey. Together these make up a concoction of balanced energy to help sustain you through all your workouts. It’s super easy to make with a 1 (oats) to 2 (water or milk) ratio. I also tried Aphrodisi-Oats. This flavour is loaded with just as many great ingredients with the added bonus of Chocolate chips! Before my last big ride I had a bowl of this goodness and I have to honestly say, I was impressed with how slow the energy burned combined with my next favourite product (stay tuned). I made it two hours into a ride before I even thought about food. I didn’t feel hungry or worn out, in fact I felt amazing and full of energy. As someone who has a sensitivity to soy I was happy to finally have a product that uses a better form of protein in the from of nuts and whey.

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Aphrodisi-Oats – this one has chocolate chip!

Like any other kind of oatmeal you can experiment and make some great healthy treats for the office, long hikes, rides or whatever else you need easy accessible food for.

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Caitlin and myself preparing for our first ever Canoe Race. We raced against Turbo, Simon’s best friend!

I’ve been baking breakfast cookies for my friends at my races lately. Here’s one recipe you could use. This one does add some sugar to the overall experience so I wouldn’t recommend it all the time, but as a treat it’s great! Honestly, I like to enjoy Stoked Oats in their natural form for the perfect carb (26 grams) to protein (7 grams) ratio and low sugar (6 grams) intake. Go to http://www.stokedoats.com/ to check out all their other great flavours and where you can buy this stuff near you! Ingredients

  • ½ cup STICK SOFTENED BUTTER
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 TBSP vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Cup flour (gluten free preferably)
  • 1 1/2 Cups of STOKED OAT
  • pinch of kosher salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together until completely combined.
  3. Add the egg and mix until incorporated. If using, add the vanilla.
  4. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and oatmeal in a separate bowl then mix into wet ingredients add salt if you are using it.
  5. Drop rounded mounds of dough on ungreased cookie sheets.Flatten the dough mounds slightly before baking.
  6. Bake at 350ºF until just lightly browned on the edges and middle still looks undercooked, about 10 minutes.

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