This week I’m hanging out trying not to think about missing the Boston Marathon. I am doing everything I can to avoid watching. If you missed my last post as to why I will not be running this year, take a look HERE.
I am really doing okay and, actually, my shin feels perfectly normal, which to be honest is really frustrating. I feel like I could have run, but I’ve had stress fractures in the past and they can be tricky. They can vary in pain depending on where they are located and since this whole started a few months ago, my pain has been all over the place. I am going to be a good patient and do other forms of exercise until I get this sorted out.
A few years ago when I was training for the Malibu Marathon, I was in this Cherry Limeade phase. I guess because my training was right in the middle of summer, and doing long runs no matter what time of the day, drains the life out of you. I can remember plenty of long runs when I got to around mile 15 and the battle in my mind would begin. “If you go three more miles, there will be a cherry limeade waiting for you,” I would say to myself. “Come on, just 25 more minutes and it’s Cherry Limeade Time” was often swirling around in my head. I used this drink to bribe myself into getting through those last miles. Not sure what it is, but the sweet and sour combination is addicting if you ask me. I even went through a Cherry Limeade Gu phase, and don’t even get me started on Nuun Cherry Limeade… simply the best flavor if you ask me.
There is no other way to describe this drink than damn good. It’s cold and refreshing no matter what time of the year, but my family and I gulp these down all summer long. I use unsweetened Tart Cherry juice in my recipe, which has been proven to reduce inflammation and thus speed the recover process, making it ideal for post-workout.
I am always concerned with my sugar consumption, but while marathon training, you really can’t avoid it all together… at least that’s the case for me, personally. I need the carbs to be able to run and recover. So, although this drink does contain sugar, you most certainly could adapt the recipe so it would contain less. I’ve included some modifications.
Here’s what you need:
Unsweetened Tart Cherry Juice
Fresh Lime Juice
Fresh or Frozen Tart Cherries ( I like frozen because they make the drink even colder)
For 10 min. Limeade
Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 cup of Club Soda or Sparkling Water
- 1/3 cup Tart Cherry Juice
- 1/3 cup Limeade
- 1 T. fresh Lime Juice
- 1 T. Grenadine Syrup
- Tart Cherries and Lime for Garnish
- Add all ingredients together and mix well. Add Tart Cherries and Lime slice for garnish.
I love to have an arsenal of cold drink Mocktail and Refresher recipes at my finger tips, so in addition to my favorite here, I’ve put together a list of some that I want to try-
Orange Juice Shirley Temple by This Lil Piglet
Brazilian Lemonade by Playz With Food
Blueberry Lemonade by Damn Delicious
Coconut Lavender Lemonade by Confectionalism
Sugar Free Grape Soda by The View From Great Island
Mint Ginger Lemonade by In It 4 The Long Run
Watermelon Ginger Limeade by The Fit Fork
Lime Ricky Slush by Creme de la Crumb
Blood Orange Mocktail by Pretty Plain Janes
Cranberry Pineapple Elixir by Cotter Crunch
Doesn’t one of these sound good right about now?
How about you? What is your favorite cold drink?
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