The focus of this month has been intense training complemented by real recovery. I’ve been working my little butt off, and therefore taking time to rest and recover has been precious to me. Without further ado, here are my favourites for August!
Nike Pro Compression Sports Bras
I’ve never been to fussy about sports bras, but I really do love the Nike Pro Compression ones. They offer a good level of support (for a flat-chested chica like myself) and they’re pretty enough that you can wear them on their own if you fancy joining the #sportsbrasquad.
TREK Peanut Power Energy Bars
I like these after a training session, when I’m not going home straight away to eat. TREK Bars are cold-pressed, all natural whole food bars, and the macros are really great on them. The Peanut Power one is my favourite!
As always, my calves are pretty much screwed. I run with a forefoot strike, which puts a lot of strain on my lower legs and has led to injury in the past. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for my Compressport long compression socks, which I sleep in. (Aside: I bought a bright red pair that were on sale…and I’ve never worn them outside the house! Maybe a plainer pair next time.)
These stevia drops are available online and from Wholefoods, and have really worked wonders for my coffee game. I love love love them. They’re zero calorie and all natural. You can even put a few drops in almond milk for a healthy take on chocolate milk goodness!
Zinc Oxide Tape
Public Service Announcement: Use Zinc Oxide tape on your feet! A friend of mine is in the army, and he gave me this tip- with all the walking they do, they know how to take care of their feet. Zinc Oxide tape is incredibly low-friction, meaning that if you tape your toes, for instance, the tape isn’t going to rub the toe next to it. It’s very cheap, and you can pick it up at your local drugstore. As someone who always has horrific blisters on their toes, this was a game changer.
Green Chai Tea
I’ve been trying (and mostly failing) to drink less coffee. The Green Chai from Yogi Tea is really scrumptious, and you can have it with or without milk. And as an added bonus, each teabag comes with a little motivational message, which I think is really sweet.
Epsom Salt Baths
As part of my recovery, I’ve been alternating between hot and cold baths. Adding Epsom Salts to a super hot bath really helps relax my muscles, and I can feel all the tightness coming undone. My favourites are the Radox Muscle Soak salts, which are only £1 per pack.
Keeping a training journal has been really transformational for me, and I highly recommend this one from Pro Runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas. It focuses on a holistic training approach, including nutrition, mental strength and the power of the team. I’ll write a full review on it soon, but spoiler alert: it’s amazing.
That’s it from me- it’s been all training and very little else for me in August!
What have your favourites been this month?
Lots of love,