Okay so this post really has nothing to do with lettuce or turnips, just beets. Sorry if the title threw you off. My bad, I’ve just always wanted to say that in a post. Try it… say it out loud. Fun, right? I find it particularly fun if you lift your hands up in the air like your favorite rap mogul and deepen your voice as you say it.
Anyway, now that I have that cleared up let me tell you about a little experiment I am doing which involves running, beets and the crunchy lady at Whole Foods thinking I’m the weirdo.
One of the many magazines I subscribe to is Outside (check it out if you haven’t – its dopesauce) and in it a recent article featuring Ryan Hall, the king of running, caught my eye. In short, it said he drinks beet juice to boost his endurance. I was sold. Apparently beets are high in nitrates which processes and helps oxygen rich blood move through the body better and into the muscles, which in turn helps you perform better at high intensities. Cool, right? A natural performance boost.
I am exactly 8 days out from my marathon and I need all the help I can get. So, I headed to Whole Foods. And it was only a minor sad irony when I asked for help finding the beet juice and the helpful store clerk named Hazel, with dreads and a strong smell of Patchouli, was all “What?” and then I replied Beet Juice! B-E-E-T juice and then she was like “What for you freak?”
So she didn’t call me a freak, but may as well have. Anyway, we found the beet juice and I am now on beet juice binge. 8 ounces a day, cut with a little apple juice.
My longest run to-date has been 20 miles, which I ran in 3 hours and 29 minutes – that’s about an average 10:45 pace. Which is pretty shitty compared to where I want to be. For some reason anything past 16 miles I cannot hold on to anything around a 9 minute mile; that’s where I hope the beet juice comes in. I guess we’ll see. I’ll keep you updated; hopefully my skin doesn’t turn beet/beat red in the meantime.
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