Healthy Swellness: Challenging myself to be #evenbetter with Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water

June 27, 2016

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It can be hard to adopt a healthy new habit. I feel as though I’ll never develop a regular sleep schedule, for one. Getting faster at running is another biggie. I’m still trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon. And now, I’m kicking off marathon training with a focus on improving my speed so that I’ll at least be able to match the pace I was setting a year ago. (I’ve slowed down in the past while due to a hectic schedule, which has made training difficult, along with being under the weather and some lower back pain). My comfortable pace a year ago: about 5:30. (It varies depending on factors like distance and temperature.)

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My approach?

Add tempo runs and speed work to my training. Rather than doing my usual comfortable 10k run, I’ll swap in shorter distances but at a faster pace.

I’ll get better rest. I’ll try to get at least seven hours a night.

Hydrating well. I can hardly expect my body to perform well if I’m dehydrated.

This last strategy, regarding hydration, is a toughie as I don’t like to drink water. To help me get over that, I’m going to start to regularly use my bottle that keeps drinks cold. (It has helped a friend get better at hydrating.)

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Also, I’m going to try hydrating with Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water. It’s a low-calorie (only 10 calories!) water with the power of 50 cranberries. The taste is subtle but much more flavourful than plain water, so I think that may help me learn to drink more. And I’ve got three flavours to try, so my taste buds won’t be bored: Cranberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Mango Passionfruit, and Cranberry Raspberry.

What makes them good for the body are the PACs (or proanthocyanidins) Ocean Spray® PACt® waters contain; these are elements extracted from cranberries that help protect against certain harmful bacteria from sticking in the urinary tract. Other factors that interest me about these new beverages? They’re naturally sweetened, their colour comes from – you guessed it – cranberries, and they do not include genetically modified ingredients.

Will these strategies help me be even better at training for a BQ? Come back to the blog in a few weeks to find out!

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Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water is a tasty and low-calorie way to hydrate in a more meaningful way. Packed with the power of 50 cranberries, PACt® cranberry extract water delivers unique cranberry health benefits. Visit to learn more and find out where to buy PACt® water at a store near you.


Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Ocean Spray® via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ocean Spray®.

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