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
- 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-