Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Countdown to Medved Madness!!

I have a 15 mile trail run coming up on May 6th. These are the things I will change this year:

1. Water Water Water. I, naively, thought that there would be adequate water at the water stops. Nope. Some turds decided to dump the water out of the cooler onto their heads, leaving no
water for anyone to drink. I didn't bring water with me as I ran. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. This year, I will be wearing my camelback with a gatorade mix in it and using the water stops as a supplement. I also became really dehydrated and my legs were cramping badly and still had around 3 miles to go.

2. Don't get lost. Somehow, on the final loop of the run, I missed a marker and went way off the trail path. I ended up running an extra 2 miles on top of the 15 trying to find my way back. This year, I will not get lost!!

3. Snacks as I go. Last year, I was still trying to grasp the whole "adequate water intake" as I run and "what to eat before" and I didn't really think about fueling while I ran. I know that I can easily digest clif gel blocks and clif goo. This basically is just pure carbs. I've been really loving the banana/date combo before runs so I think I'll eat 1-2 bananas and maybe 6 dates a couple hours before and then gel blocks and goo packs as I go. They also offer bananas, cookies, pretzels etc at a few stops during the race. I cant tolerate anything too heavy in my stomach before i run. The night before, we will probably eat some sort of rice or pasta.

4. Get a better "After Pic" this year! Dear God!! Look at me!!! HAHAHA

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It's getting hot in here!

Yesterday was my first official run out in the heat. I was going to do a light 4 miler on my lunch break but I wasn't paying attention as I ran and took my route too far so I ended up at almost 7 miles. (I'm at 14 miles already for the week!). It was a freak warm, humid day yesterday and I didn't realize how humid and warm it was until I hit the road. It was 86 degrees...um, yikes! The first few runs out in the heat always kill me. I pretty much felt like crap for the rest of the day. By the time I got home from work, my muscles were killing me and I had to take tylenol just to be able to walk around and then I HAD to go to sleep. My kids went down around 7:30ish and I immediately went to bed. This morning, I woke up with my lower back killing me so I ended up just doing weights and abs at the gym. Every time I up my miles, or do a longer than normal run, my weight jumps up the next few days.
Obviously, your muscles get freaked out at the added stress from an increase in exercise and hold onto water and sodium. Oh, it also doesnt help that I've been eating a fiber cereal every morning that has 60% of your daily value of fiber...plus all the fiber I eat during the day. I'm kind of ingesting all this fiber for the past few days without a return, if you know what i mean. I feel sooooo uncomfortable right now.
Today, I have a super green juice feast made of kale, spinach, celery and cucumber and a very veg juice feast of carrots, kale, spinach. I freaking love my juicer!