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Eat A Sandwich?!

This week started out with a  bit of a scare. After last saturday’s run I was just a little scared that I had injured my IT band again. I went ahead and took Tuesday (track day – speed work) off. This was not an easy choice, but it was made easier as my alarm did not go off at all to wake me up! I woke with a start at 5 am on Tuesday (to get to track on time I have to get up at 4 am) and I thought…oh well, everything happens for a reason. So I went back to sleep for a half hour.

This whole week I took extra time stretching in the evenings and rolling my IT and legs hoping to prevent injury.

Wednesday I tried an after work run. I prepped for this run by devouring a whole package of trail mix and most of a package of pistachio nuts. I also downed about three cans of La Croix (I like the lemon flavor). I started out at 4:15 pm. Upon starting out I realized that it was REALLY HOT! My plan was to go about 6 miles. The first three miles were not too bad, but the way back was beastly miserable. At one point I even thought WHO can I call out here to come pick me up if I get into real trouble. I did not run any faster or harder than usual but my heart rate stated in zone 5 for the entire run! That is about 174 for me. I think that it had to do with how miserably hot it was. When I finally got back to work I checked the temperature and it was 91 degrees F! If only I were training for Badwater! haha. I don’t know if I will do that again anytime soon…but I do live in Florida and perhaps I should get out there in the heat a bit more and try to get my body used to it. All in all it was not a completely bad run…other than it being really hot I did run without any kind of glasses or contacts so there was a run in with a rose bush that did not fare so well for my legs.

I was also told today, for the second time this week, that I need to “eat a sandwich!” Apparently I look emaciated?! I don’t think so. I mean I have lost weight since I started running last August ( from 155 to 148ish). My weight has pretty much stabilized for the last few months at around 148 and I am fine with that. I would not want to be any less than that though. When I carb load I get up to about 152. I was even asked if I was sick with something! What folks don’t understand is all I do is eat. If it is in front of me I will devour it! I do eat healthy, don’t get me wrong, but I will eat anything and everything otherwise.

Thursday I went with the group on our “Winter Park Hill Run.” We did some hill repeats. It started out kind of tough but once I got good and warmed up things went better.

Friday was a rest day. I got sick! It started out as a sore throat and kind of in my ears…some coughing.

Saturday was to be a short run day of about 16 miles, some folks were going to go 22.

Carb Loading: Friday night I carb loaded at Nagoya Sushi in Winter Garden with two of my favorite rolls: Mango Tango, and corral reef. I also had two orders of octopus sashimi. Finally I asked for a big bowl of white rice! YUM! This was an experiment because I have not tried carb loading in this manner. I also confessed my secret goal to Kristin this night. I told her I wanted to run 35 miles on my 35th birthday. She just smiled (which was a positive response in my book!) and I asked if she would run in the last few miles with me. She said she would consider it. YAY!

Pre-run fuel: I also tried something different for pre-run, I had an egg bagel and a banana.

Run: I started out on our first loop, 6 miles, and the first three were crazy arduous. I kept telling myself I am just going to do the 6 and go home because I feel so bad and I am sick. Getting back to the start we added people to our group and I was feeling pretty good so I thought Ill go ahead with the 10 more. This felt great! Great conversations and friends. Getting back again to the start point and mile 16 I decided I would just go ahead out with the group of three others doing a full 22. This was the best part of the run! After mile 20 it just kept feeling better. Overall a very successful run and it made me ultimately feel better!

During run fuel: I have finally found my perfect nutrition for running long, at least for running a marathon length. I have been doing one GU chomp for every two miles (considering changing to 3….but why when this works so well) with a sip of water. I also eat at two points in the run a stinger waffle. This was the same thing I did last week and it again worked like a charm. I carried one bottle of water and one bottle of chia drink.

Post run: I stretched my legs a bit before jumping back in the car. Drank a muscle milk on the way home (I tried a new flavor, Malt, and it was OK….im going to stick with the chocolate). When I got home I filled the tub with cold water and this time bought 3 bags of ice for the ice bath. As the tub filled up I stretched a bit more and rolled my legs and IT band. Got some coffee, put on my sweater, got a good book, and soaked in the cold icy water for 20 minutes.

 

After the ice bath I made some breakfast. Two egg bagels with Polaner All Fruit Preserves. I found blubbery which made me VERY happy.  I had a second cup of coffee and also another muscle milk (this time chocolate!).
Now I am off to clean the house and do laundry! Happy Easter everyone! and keep running!

A Day of New Things and Reflections

Today I went to the podiatrist to get fitted for custom orthotics. I am excited and scared about this. I have read many posts on blogs about the good and bad of orthotics. My podiatrist is himself a distance runner though and I trust his suggestion, after all he is the podiatrist and should know a little about feet.

As I sat on the bench with my feet off the floor he proceeded to take castings of my feet. Mind you I think I have very weird feet. They are very flat and I have very crooked toes. I have never had a good time finding shoes that were comfortable. At the conclusion of the casting he asked where the pair of shoes were that were going to be sent with them for the fitting. I had not known about this (that I had to bring another pair of shoes that fit with me). I now

had to go home and come back with my shoes…ah which shoes to bring?! The doctor said he just needed to be shoes that fit me well and not necessarily my current running shoe. But then if I didn’t bring my current trusted pair would I not get the right fit? Decisions decisions!

 

I went home and took my Brooks Beasts on a last tempo run before sending them off for fitting. I figured if these are my trusted shoe and got me through the marathon then they are the ones I should send.

I like tempo runs as the music tends to distract me from thinking about every part of my body. Sometimes I obsess about my knees or my feet and think myself into injures. Upon my quest for running my first marathon I had a “contusion” on the outside of my left foot. I had micro tears on both achilles. And to top it all of I think (I am still wondering what is going on here) I am experiencing IT band issues. I will delve into this in another post I am sure….as it is still lingering.

I packed up my beasts and took them in to the podiatrist office….it was not easy…and left them there. I did pay the extra money to have the process expedited. I figure the sooner I get the shoes and orthotics back the quicker I can start the adjustment period and get back into where I am in my fitness. As it stands the doctor told me that I will not be able to run in the orthotic for a week when i get them back. Wish me luck! I hope they work for my funky feet and weird structure!