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This Rookie’s Ramblings, (Krysten, #4): Looking for a Pick-me-up

by Krysten on March 4, 2013 · 10 comments

in This Rookie's Ramblings (2013)

Happy Monday, readers & runners-

I hope this past week brought smiles, beads, and a good time to your lives. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment in my training world. I’m not big on excuses, but I’ve decided to cut myself a little bit of slack. I figure that beating myself up over it will not be helpful in moving forward with training. I kept my body moving, and I did run a few times. Hopefully this week will be a good time to organize my life, have some me time, and recommit to a no nonsense training regimen. 

Now, fellow (graduate) students- HAPPY SPRING BREAK. Phew. There were two days last week when I found myself so very tired that it translated directly into a foul mood. Krysten the Grumpasoris. Being tired is not something I’m good at, so I try to keep to myself and ride the mood out. Running helped, but there were days when I felt like I had been beaten by the tired stick.

Marathon 101 was informative as ever this past Wednesday evening. Marcia Bristow MS, RD, CD, came in to talk nutrition with our class. She is the owner of Fueling Fitness, a practice dedicated to providing evidence based nutrition and exercise counseling to athletes and curious minds. Marcia breaks down nutrition periods for athletes into four critical periods: day-to-day to support quality training, pre-competition, during competition and post-competition. One thing that struck me was the amount of fuel recommended to take in during runs lasting more than 60 minutes. It’s suggested that we should take in one GU/snack of about 100 calories each half hour on these long runs. When I start practicing with GU/fuel this weekend, I’ll be sure to pay attention to if this seems like a good amount for me. Our instructor, Jess, noted that the digestion of a bigger person would vary from that of a smaller person; it’ll just be something I will figure out as I trot along. The time with Marcia reiterated the extreme importance of proper and balanced nutrition for someone entering into a lengthy training schedule.

It might be time to pay a visit to my Western Mass buddies at the Green Mountain Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine and see if they will take a peek at my ankle and rib cage. Things seem fine for now, but I have a very tender spot directly on a bone of my right ankle, and a few ribs feel silly here and there. I think I’ll wait and see how this week plays out and go from there.

I’ve been asked about the “thirty before 30” list that I mentioned in my entry post, and it seems like a nice way to close out this one. Here are most of the things on that list:

  • Own property or land
  • Learn to drive standard
  • Run a marathon
  • Road trip across the country by means of baseball stadiums
  • Complete a sprint triathlon
  • Earn my MSW
  • Pay off some of my college loans
  • Learn the names of our United States, their capitals, and where they fit onto an empty U.S. map
  • Hold public office
  • Go on a ski/ride vacation
  • Have feelings in my heart for another person
  • Regularly write in a journal
  • Ride a Ferris wheel
  • Skydive
  • Buy a car (sorry, Rhonda the Honda)
  • Climb a 5.10
  • Sing karaoke
  • Have/care for a pet
  • Learn conversational Spanish
  • Spent at least three weeks in another country
  • Backpack through Central/South America
  • Drink a beer with my sisters
  • Take a weekly art class
  • Coach a sport
  • Have a  garden
  • Execute a friends-from-home adventure
  • Camp California

Heading home to Massachusetts this weekend for a baptism and a 12-miler. I will also be rejoining the world of smart phone technology, and hope to include fun pictures in the blog from here on out. Have a great week everyone! Keep on working hard and making it happen.

Respect your body-


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1 Annie March 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Hooray Krysten! You’re a machine. The re-cap of your nutrition class is super helpful, and thanks also for including the 30-before-30 list. You’re seriously inspiring, and it’s a good reminder that there are so many amazing things out there still to do. Lastly: LISTEN–I want a running date. Let’s do one soon.

2 Jameson March 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Holy Crap lets do this. Climb a 5.10 should be your goal before 2014. Let’s do that one together. Don’t you dare sell Rhonda. You can take care of Jaxon any day and pretend he is your pet. Let’s camp Yosemite, and obviously I will drink beers with your sisters. I’m 2/3 on this goal.

3 Dana March 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Every 30min seems like a LOT. It’s good to practice fueling before race day so you know what your body can handle and what you prefer, but you don’t really need to fuel that much in training most of the time. I personally found that I like every 45min to start with and every 30min after about 3hrs (Like first one 45min, 2nd 1:30, 3rd, 2:15, 4th at 3hrs, 3:30, 4hrs, and so on). But I’m really slow which means I’m out there a long time. :)

I like your 30 before 30 list. I turned 30 Feb 3rd and never even thought about it. hahaha :D

4 Jackie March 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

You are amazing and I am lovin the blog. Just to volunteer my services, I would love to help you learn state capitals (you have definitely learned more since I met you) and also learn conversational spanish. just as soon as I finish up my spanish 1 class. ALso I wrote you in as a candidate for city counselor today, so if I wasn’t alone maybe you’ll be holding public office sooner than you think!

5 Your Mother Pam March 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Hello Krysten! Daddy and I are so very proud of you and we love reading your blog. We also love your Thirty before 30! Keep following your dreams. xoxoxox

6 Steve March 6, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Great write up on nutrition. Just started getting into longer runs and did not have time to get gels before my run. Put some money in my fuel belt and ran to the local EMS in Portland Maine to buy a few. I had said before that I do one about every 4 miles or about 40 – 45 min. Don’t forget to have water with the gels. Also they take a bit of time before kicking in so make sure you account for that as well. Not sure about more gels at the end of the race… I tend to do less but think that is mainly due to getting tired and losing focus.

Great list of 30 before 30. Sometimes wish I was back at that point in my life. Ran my first marathon in 1998 At age 35. Going to do #6 in may at age 49.

Keep it up and look forward to hearing more of your adventure!!

7 Al March 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm


My name is Al, and I’m also a rookie. I’m also known as Leandre’s spouse. I’m filling-in as the leader of the Hannaford group run tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 8 am. We’ll be doing 11 miles beginning at the Hannaford in South Burlington off of Shelburne Road. Would love to have you join us!


8 Steve L March 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

To all runners. to help with chaffing; in addition to Body Glide I have recently found a new “Gold Bond” product called Friction Defense, which is very good. Not available in all stores at this point so you may have to look but should be in the Health and Beauty/Toiletries aisle.

Hope everyone had a good long run this weekend. I did a half marathon with a two mile warm up and two mile cool down in Brewer Maine. Fun to be on a long run with a great group of runners and lots of awesome support folks along the road.

9 amynutt March 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I am sooo proud of you!! Love your list as well! Let’s do a baseball tour together!

Keep it up, woman! You’re killin’ it! xoxo

10 tim April 1, 2013 at 8:49 am

I you still wants to learn to drive a stick shift, have a car with a stick, have an hour during race week, and a very large parking lot somewhere, I can help.

I taught two ex girlfriends. Successfully. without alcohol.
I will also comment in Spanish during the lesson.

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