You know what you know but sometimes you have to take what you know and apply it outside where you know it. I for example, know that a Gatorade – water mix is great for my races but I don’t usually apply Gatorade to my everyday runs. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut of where we think things belong and don’t take a minute to think about where else they might be good. This summer feels so hard running for me. My everything swells up now especially my legs. It happens when I sit on a stool and when I’m out running in the heat. This weekend I decided to run with straight Gatorade. I wasn’t sure about doing that …what if I needed water instead? I don’t like to carry anything with me on my runs but will in the heat or a run longer than say 6 miles. Forget running with two things, one for each hand…that’s like running in shackles for me. Not happening. I decided to risk it and go Gatorade only. What happened? I had a much better run that’s what happened! I learned that I need straight Gatorade in the heat. I felt better, still stopped at every mile to take a sip but not for long and I didn’t feel totally wiped out when I was done. Gatorade isn’t for everyone but it is for me! I love running lessons because they make me stronger and a better runner overall. so now it’s on to how do I make my chubby little legs feel lighter and move with more ease. I don’t think that one is as easy for a short stubby Ukranian but it can’t hurt to try!