Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I'm so proud of my accomplishment of completing my second ever 10-mile run! Truth be told, it was on the treadmill so the surface was flat, but it is a 10 mile run nonetheless.
Some interesting things that I found to help me through longer runs (since I'm not a natural runner):
1. Set a plan before you get to the gym. For instance, before I left the house this morning, I planned out that I was going to run ten miles. Then when I got to the gym, I settled in on my treadmill and kept the ten mile goal in my head. It is very easy to get tired in the beginning and then tell yourself that four is good enough for today. But, that doesn't help anyone...
2. Use those "treadmill peepers" as running motivation. This may seem a little competitive however when I run and see others running around me, I tell myself, let's see who will last longer. It is amazing at how much a little competition will keep you going.
3. Remember that a runner doesn't have to be the fastest, rather has to run over the finish line. That is something that I always tell myself when I am running. I actually have to laugh when a very "serious" person gets on the treadmill after throwing off his/her jacket and jumps on the treadmill full speed. I think to myself, slow and steady wins the race. It is shocking to see how many people I outlast on the treadmills. Those that jump on the treadmill and forget to get a good warm-up generally do not last much more than 30 mins. I love that I can be calm and give my body the needed warm-up it needs and then start running when it's ready for the adventure.
4. Drink lots of water on long runs. This is something that I had to train my body to be able to do. It may sound weird (but then again I am, so it's ok) but my body used to have stomach issues when I ran and had just drunk water. Now though, I tend to cut my runs up in 4.5 mile increments. This partially due to my body needing water in-between and partially due to the fact that our treadmills stop around 60 mins of running. So, I make sure that I run 4.5 miles and then drink water. Sometimes (like today) I throw a Energy Block in my mouth and then keep running. It really helps with the longer runs over 5-6 miles.
Do you have any suggestions to make my runs better? I'm also looking for energy blocks that are vegan if anyone has a suggestion, I would love to hear about it! Thanks.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
What Your Body does within 1 Hour of Drinking Soda
According to the Nutrition Research Center, this is what happens to your body within 1 hour of drinking a can of soda:
-10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system, which is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake. You’d normally vomit from such an intake, but the phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.
-20 minutes: Your blood sugar skyrockets. Your liver attempts to maximize insulin production in order to turn high levels of sugar into fat.
-40 minutes: As your body finishes absorbing the caffeine, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver pumps more sugar into the bloodstream. Adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked preventing you from feeling how tired you may actually be.
-45 minutes: Your body increases dopamine production, causing you to feel pleasure and adding to the addictiveness of the beverage. This physical neuro response works the same way as it would if we were consuming heroin.
>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, which boosts your metabolism a bit further. High doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners compound this effect, increasing the urinary excretion of calcium. The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (You have to GO!) Your body will eliminate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was otherwise heading to your bones. And you will also flush out the sodium, electrolytes and water. Your body has eliminated the water that was in the soda. And in the process it was infused with nutrients and minerals your body would have otherwise used to hydrate your system or build body cells, bones, teeth.
-60 minutes: The sugar crash begins. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You start feeling like crap. Time to grab another?
Thanks to http://www.vegansecrets.com/blog/ for this lovely narration of what happens when you drink soda.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Okay, so maybe I have had a little too much caffeine for today but I really don't care... haha Lately I haven't been writing first of all because I haven't really had too much to say (sorry, nothing new really happening) and secondly because I'm not sure how many people actually read it... So, I'm trying it up again to see if there is support through the blogging here or not. haha (Note: I also write a Japanese blog so I'm usually on there too - takes a little more time but very encouraging too.)
Anyways, I just wanted to comment to those of you that love their morning java that I have tried a few things out with my grounds. I read that it was good for drinking and a whole slew of more things. So, I tried it in the shower today! Yay! Coffee aromatherapy in the shower - nothing better!
I tried it on my hair as a rinse/conditioner. I'm not sure if I will be doing this method again. It does make a mess of your shower and does take more time to clean out. I have thick, long hair (which lately is coming out??? ) so maybe that is why it took longer to get out. haha I was even finding some grounds in my hair after getting out of the shower. Oh well, it did smell good.
Next, I tried it as a body scrub for something special. We are running a few times a week still - around 5-10 miles each run- so my skin has been dry and a little lackluster from all the sweating and abuse that comes with running. Anyone else have this problem? So, I tried it as a scrub and I am deeply impressed! It worked amazingly! I would do it everyday if I had the time to do so! It works similar to the expensive items on the market today and is free - considering that I drink it just about every morning.
Thirdly, I tried it on my face as a scrub. Running and crossing-training 6-7 times a week can seriously leave the skin dry and a little less than perfect. So, I used it on my face and again am thrilled! It smelled so good and loved the results! Seriously, my face hasn't felt better in a long time! Additionally, it is completely vegan! Yay!!!!
So, if you are a coffee lover like me - try it in the shower and let me know what you think! Cheers!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Another week down in our 10-mile run training program. We completed our 3rd week on Saturday with an intense 8-mile run. Thankfully it was a cooler day (thanks to the gorgeous Autumn weather we are having a little early this year), and we were on track once again. We decided that since it was our first time to run 8-miles in total, we would commemorate our adventure with going to a park to run our long run this week. Firstly though, we drove by the local CVS store to look for some energy bites but unfortunately they did not carry any. We did discover PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts. They were on sale (maybe because they were 'new') and we purchased a small bag for .66 USD. There is about 1.5 servings in each bag. Basically it is like a sugar spiked gummy that has a gel inside. We ate three each. It didn't give us energy right away but maybe it was slowly responsive for the energy in our 8-miler. Ran the entire time (no stop lights) and felt wonderful. It is amazing how far 8-miles really is when you are running instead of driving in a car. It gives us a new appreciation for the invention of the vehicle for longer travels!
This week we are uptaking our fourth week in the ten week program. This involves an easier week of the chart below. We hope to finally get back into lifting more weights while also sticking to our yoga/pilates workout on cross-training days. We are seeing some changes (yes, already!!!) with our legs - they are getting more defined and muscular. Very Happy about that!!!
Monday: 5 mi @ 70% MHR
Wednesday: 5 mi w/ 4 mi@ LT pace
Friday: 6 mi w/ 4 mi @ 65% MHR
Total: 16 mi
In addition, I started to read "The Spark" and am loving most of it. There are parts where I feel that I have already gone past the knowledge of what it is trying to put across however it is entertaining. It is very motivational too! Right now, I highly suggest it for anyone trying to lose weight. If the book ends as well as it begins, I plan on purchasing it for a friend of mine too.
Here's to another week of exercise, health, and happiness to all!
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