I broke my GU Energy Gel cherry yesterday! I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to try one of the gels that I won from the wonderful Katy’s giveaway, and the stars aligned yesterday afternoon. I woke up, ready for a 4.25-mile run/jog on the treadmill, and was feeling great. Jillian Michaels was calling to me, but so were all the blog posts in my Google Reader. Naturally, I skipped good old Jillian and got on the computer instead.
Later on, I received a text from one of my best friends. She wanted to know if I wanted to go for a run with her. I haven’t seen my friend in a week or so, and I really wanted to hang out and chat. I told her, of course and that I’d be ready in 20. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it the entire time so I ate/drank (?) the Strawberry Banana GU Energy Gel.
First off, let me just say that I am big on the texture of my food. If something doesn’t feel right, I seriously might gag. Now I knew that these things were gels and that they would be slimy, but still when it hit my mouth I thought about Simba trying his first insect in The Lion King.
But, once I got past the initial gooey-ness, I easily forced the rest of it down my throat. Unfortunately, I didn’t glance outside until after I took the gel. It was pouring and really cold. Wah wah. I texted Ana, and told her we could work out in my house instead. Thank you treadmill and elliptical! She took the T. and I got the E. and we pumped away while chatting for 30 minutes. This gel really really worked. After the machines we did Level 1 of Jillian, and even though the workout was just as grueling as it usually is, I wasn’t feeling tired.
Overall, the effect of the gel made up for the unpleasant texture. Next time, I want to do a run over 3.5 miles, I’m going to take one! I really think it could help me go farther! Thanks so much Katy!
Switching the Blog
I’ve gotten a couple questions about switching to self-hosting and getting my own domain. The best advice I can give you if you’re considering this is to check out The Singing Runner’s breakdown of her switch. She did it all herself, and her blog is phenomenal. I’m actually really lucky because I have a friend who is pretty much a tech genius. He registered with a Web Host for me, downloaded and installed the WordPress software, reverted my DNS and set up my SQL and he’s going to export all of my files from this blog and import them to the new one. I can honestly say that without him, I probably wouldn’t be switching. So why am I self-hosting?
1. Freedom – Though WordPress.com is seriously great, I now have a ton of themes to choose from. I can also modify these themes (colors, fonts, columns, etc). You can’t do that with a free blog.
2. Plug-Ins – This is probably the most important thing. There are so many plug-ins that can make your blog look amazing and feel like your own. I’m adding a ton to my new site, and you can’t add any with a free blog.
3. Changing the Code – I have some basic knowledge of coding, which allows me to make more in-depth changes within my new blog. Again, you don’t have this ability with a free blog.