It’s not in the bag…yet
It’s 7:05am Sunday, the day of my long run, and I have 18 on the books.
No, I am not blogging while I run.
It’s 39 degrees, raining and 11mph winds. For once weather.com got it right – first time in about 10 days which, if it were a professional baseball player instead of a professional weather forecaster, it would get fired. Yesterday. Not that I’m bitter.
Additionally, I feel like I’ve been dragged behind a bus – I’m exhausted (HAHAHA exhaust-ed), my legs weigh about 800 pounds and they feel like overcooked spaghetti.
I texted Sara: I’m bagging, so sorry, hate to leave you on your own and she replied she was doing the same thing. We’re planning to hook up later, maybe noon.
Since I have all this time on my hands – having been up since 4am so I could run at 6am – I have done laundry, re-arranged the den, cleaned the kitchen and had breakfast. For breakfast I made an omelet. I sauteed all the leftover peppers and onion I had, threw in some black forest deli ham, two egg whites and an egg, and topped it with reduced fat cheese and salsa. I also had 1-1/2 slices of homemade bread because before I made breakfast I was messing around online and read this:
When training, you want to eat enough, but not too many carbs. The amount of carbs you eat as you train for a run is almost just as important as the training itself! A normal American Adult should shoot for eating around 45-65% of their calories from carbs, a runner should eat closer to 60%.
If you are eating around 1200 calories per day….
-540-780 of your calories should come from carbs, which is about 135-195 grams of carbs.
-720 of a runner’s calories should come from carbs or 180 grams of carbs (which rises as race day gets closer and training tempo increases).
For more info check the whole blog – http://initfortheshirt.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/my-new-favorite-sub-shop/
I have probably not been getting enough carbs the past couple weeks as I’d cut out bread due to the fact that I also read a couple weeks ago that a serving of bread is the highest source of sodium in our daily diet. When I checked the cupboard I found that a serving of my multi-grain bread has 170mg of sodium and a serving of Tostitos multi-grain chips has 120mg. So…it’s a trap. Especially in view of the fact that it was a total fail when I tried to use the chips to make a ham sandwich.
However, I have a solution: my bread machine – in which I will now start making whole grain bread myself and will not add so much salt.
Ta.Da. And it could help explain the tiredness and heavy legs.
Then I saw that my friend Camille had posted a video of the proper way to use a foam roller http://camilleherron.com/how-to-foamlacrosse-ball-roll-the-critical-body-parts/. Watching the vid I realized I have not been making good use of the foam roller which could also explain some of the issues with my legs.
Maybe it’s not a bad thing to be a bit flexible in the running plans. If weather.com is right – and it’s on a roll now, batting .100 here – the sun should come out about 11am, I can still get my run and in the meantime I learned valuable info, and the den looks nice.
Also I have a softy snoring, velvety soft kitty asleep on my lap *ooooommmmmm*
Damn. I. am. good.