Thursday, March 24, 2016

Out in the Briars {A Three Things Thursday Post}

Barkley's right out there on the edge of possibility. Impossibility. 

1. On Saturday, among the long run conversations, two things stuck out: the NCAA tournament and "The Barkley Marathons."

Now, I'll be honest – I don't give two shits about the Sweet 16 or basketball. My eyes completely glazed over while my fellow runners talked about who won, who lost, who stayed up. You know, if my eyes could glaze over more during 15 miles. So it was a welcome distraction when the topic of a documentary on Netflix came up, especially as it was a running-centric film.
From IMDB: In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of physical and mental endurance in this documentary that contemplates the value of pain.
I'll preface this by saying that Mark and I are Netflix documentary junkies, and we will watch at least 5 minutes of nearly anything in the lineup. But, this one was one of my favorites. From the oddities of the race itself to the pacing of the film, it was great. One of the filmmakers goals was to keep the mystery alive, so I'll leave it up to you to watch and tell me what you think!

And if you have seen the documentary, you should watch "Inside the Documentary" for more insight.

2. Nuun recently reformulated its electrolyte tabs and added a flavor to its Nuun Energy line. I've been needing try the new line and replenish my stash but have put it off for no good reason. Welp, when Miles tried to make Lemon Tea (which has caffeine), I pressed the button and ordered ... 12 tubes. Three Lemon-Lime, 2 Tri-Berry, 2 Fruit Punch, 2 Strawberry Lemonade, 2 Grape and 1 Plus.

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And, if you need a push, Nuun is including a tube of the new Mango Orange Nuun Energy with every order through March 31.

3. I got my eyebrows and lip waxed yesterday, and as I was talking with the JCPenney stylist, she asked me if I was running outside now. I was all, like, "Woman, I have been outside."

Then, this morning, I ran on the treadmill. #irony

The combination of high winds and heavy rain made the outdoors less than appealing so I opted for the 'mill. This week is an easy one on the plan – no intervals or tempo work – so it was almost a challenge. I decided to knock off my negative split workout and add a quarter-mile of tempo at the end of each mile just to keep things fresh.

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I didn't think I was working too hard but man, I was drenched after. It was like the humidity from outside made its way inside the Y.  Craziness!


  1. I have been wanting to watch that! I asked Steven a few times and he wasn't interested lol. I will wait until I have time to watch it on my own :)

    A friend of mine said she really doesn't like the taste of the reformulated nuun! You will have to tell us what you think! (not that I use it, but am curious)

    I skipped an outdoor workout today, too! My time to go outside was when it was snowing and blowing 20 mph. With a scratchy throat, I decided to skip it ;) Inside workouts are still good :)

    1. I think you will really like it! The race director is a character! So much of it seems crazy but as you think about it, you have to appreciate why it is the way it is.

      I haven't heard much about the new Nuun so that's a bummer. Hopefully, I like it. I was actually a cheap skate and bought some of the old line. The old line has 12 tabs per tube, the new has 10. The Grape I got is new so we'll see!

  2. I'm sitting here about 20 minutes into the run, casually catching up on my blog reading and clicked on your post. Funny. I cannot imagine doing such an event. No thank you.