Friday, July 23, 2010

Fuelin' up Friday

Fuelin' up Friday has returned! I'm sure you are all starving from the lay-off!

After a little thinking (no, I did not hurt myself), I realized that in 2 of my recent races (race 1, race 2), both of which were very warm, I puked after eating energy gels. I know! I thought we had solved the problem too, but it appears that I have trouble tolerating the energy slime when I'm hot. So its back to the drawing board for more options.

Recently I saw one of the gatorade ads for their "series" products with Usain Bolt bouncing around on the track pre work-out, and I thought I might give them a shot so I̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶f̶i̶n̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶b̶r̶e̶a̶k̶ ̶1̶0̶ ̶s̶e̶c̶o̶n̶d̶s̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶1̶0̶0̶m̶ ̶d̶a̶s̶h̶ I can stop puking.
A friend found them recently at the local grocery and got one for me to try (Three Cheers for friends who are sick of hearing my race-vomit stories). Though my current running mileage doesn't exactly warrant fueling at this point, I think I will try it out before one of my long bike work-outs. It's supposed to be used prior to work-out not during, and I when I got my hands on it I realized why. It's a full 4oz! Almost the size of a juice box. If I stuck two of those in my bra, I would be a C-cup and have no room left for my keys, ID, phone, and camera. Either way, I'm excited to give it a try. It contains 25g of carbs (about the same as most gels) but I am hoping it has a better taste/texture.

Happy Friday to all! Have a good weekend!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Testing 1, 2 (Miles). Testing

Quick catch up:
After the untimely and quite vicious bout of ITBS (no, not IBS as I had to reassure people), I ended up taking the last 6 weeks off with NO RUNNING! It was a tough decision, but with all the trouble I was having and with everything I read about ITBS, rest is really the best medicine. Since it was the beginning of summer/inferno season here in Hotlanta, I figured a break could be good. I did try to cross-train as was comfortable (like my foray into the circus), but my real focus was on complete IT band healing. I didn't want to be battling the problem on and off for 6 months. Dear roommate did help out by dragging me around the neighborhood each morning like she was on a mission and luckily I was uninjured by her squirrel hunting adventures. In summary, my fitness took a beating.

Present Day:
I went out for my first 2 mile test run today and everything seems to be working fine, (except maybe my fitness). My goal was for the day was 2 miles in about 20 minutes. I really wanted to make sure I took it easy and didn't run around like I had just escaped from jail or something. I also went at 3:30pm which may sound nuts to many of you, but I knew if I was uncomfortably hot (I am a Northern trapped in a Southern world), I wouldn't last more than 2 miles and I wouldn't push too hard.
How you doin'? Yep, still look bloody.
After reintroducing myself to my garmin and bloody sneakers, I was off. I tried to run the flattest route I have around so I could keep my stride and footing consistent. Things went well as a whole. I stuck close to my desired pace (19:06) and was extra aware of my footfalls. I did resemble a tomato when I got home and there are definitely things jiggling in places I don't remember jiggling before, but I didn't notice my IT band once during the run! I put in some gentle stretching and tennis ball time once I got home. Overall, its good to be back.

How's everyone's summer training going?
Happy Monday to all!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fuelin' up Friday: 21 gels and a Deep Fried turkey

Ok, I promise a more regular return to blogging. Between time off for my IT band and life chaos, I have slacked on the blogging. I won't bore you with the details, but I think things are settling down (famous last words?).

Since I'm always a fan of some healthy competition, le Tour de France, and amazing feats of eating, I leave you with this video on a Friday (care of Specialized bikes). The funniest part is these guys are currently placed 1st and 2nd in the tour. All I have to say is 21 gels and a Deep fried Turkey makes Andy my hero. I'll be pumped when I can take down 2 gels in one race.

Happy Friday to All!
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